Get started with Brightcove - today

This is a big week here at Brightcove. Jeremy was honored to deliver a keynote address at NAB on Monday. He's appearing on Charlie Rose tonight with guest host Walt Mossberg. Very cool. And we're throwing the doors open on the Commercial Preview of Brightcove.

When I was finishing college, I read a story in The Washington Post magazine about Discovery founder John Hendricks' plan to unleash something called Your Choice TV. It was going to be an on-demand video service with access to hundreds of types of programming. This would mean unprecedented choice for viewers and an outlet for diverse storytelling of all kinds. I saw the future –– and had to be part of it in some way. The kind folks up the street at Discovery were gracious enough to have me in for an informational interview. I tried to get onto the YCTV team as a temp. No dice. Instead, I packed the car and drove out to join the burgeoning CD-ROM biz in San Francisco. CD-ROMs and YCTV didn't make it, but now we have Internet TV.

I've thought back to that time often over the past few weeks upon the launch, with help from Brightcove, of Discovery Channel Beyond. I guess I am getting to work on Your Choice TV after all. But I would have never imagined the breadth of fascinating programming that's being made available today - from Discovery, Brightcove's other partners, and the community as a whole.  As an industry, we have a lot to be proud of this year.

Few people would have envisioned that a pre-Mosaic Internet would eventually democratize traditional and interactive media as it has to date. It's obvious that another, video-driven transformation is underway. We hope that today marks another milestone.

Today, we crack open the doors on Brightcove's Commercial Preview. Storytellers of all sizes are welcome to come in, create a Brightcove account for themselves, upload some videos and publish a rich, branded Internet TV channel on their own websites. If you have video available in a digital format, it's possible to launch something in less than an hour. Really.

We hope to take on the heavy-lifting related to Internet TV. Hosting, storage, delivery, user experience, distribution, syndication. Very soon, we'll also help with monetization. It's our mission to empower storytellers of all kinds to do what they do best, without having to worry too much about technology.

I encourage you to learn more and perhaps publish an Internet TV channel of your own –