Vimeo announced today that it is acquiring live video technology company Livestream and launching its own live video streaming service, Vimeo Live. Following completion of the acquisition, Livestream's offering will be integrated with Vimeo to empower creators to capture, edit, stream, and archive live events, as well as host, distribute and monetize videos, all in one seamless workflow.
"Live streaming is the #1 request from our creator community this year, and we're focused on bringing a new level of quality, convenience and craft to this evolving medium," Vimeo CEO Anjali Sud said in a press release announcing the acquisition. "With the launch of Vimeo Live and the addition of Livestream's impressive team and innovative product suite, we can empower a diverse range of creators to produce beautiful live experiences with professionalism and ease. We are excited to take a leadership role in this large and growing market, and look forward to quickly making our mark."
Livestream provides businesses and organizations with a powerful solution for connecting with their audiences in real time. Nearly 50 million viewers tune in to hundreds of thousands of live events powered by Livestream each month from customers including Dow Jones, Philadelphia Eagles, Tough Mudder and Spotify.
Livestream co-founder and CEO Mark Kornfilt adds, "We're thrilled to join Vimeo's world-class platform, where we can accelerate the adoption of professional-quality live video by combining our tools and capabilities with Vimeo's video expertise and global scale. Together, we will be able to go faster and further in making live video a truly ubiquitous form of communication for businesses and organizations."
A Complete Video Solution
The integration of Vimeo's video technology with Livestream's proprietary hardware and software products, production services and enterprise-level features will provide an end-to-end video solution for a wide range of professionals, businesses and organizations.
The combination of Vimeo and Livestream will offer:
- Innovative Production Hardware and Software
Livestream provides production tools and services for capturing, broadcasting and editing live events, from its live event Mevo camera to its live production switcher Studio. Future integrations with Vimeo will provide creators with direct access to stream live events through Vimeo and leverage the platform's robust video tools.
- High Quality Streaming
With Vimeo Live, creators can now broadcast live events in full 1080p with built-in cloud transcoding and adaptive streaming, so viewers can watch in high quality, perfectly fit for their device and bandwidth. Auto-archived live videos on Vimeo can be replaced with files to support 4K viewing.
- Powerful Distribution and Marketing Tools
Creators using Vimeo Live have the flexibility to embed the fully customizable Vimeo player wherever they choose, see who's attending their event by enabling e-mail capture in the player, turn on live chat, and view live and archived stats to track performance. The addition of Livestream's syndication tools will enable live distribution across social platforms in the future, including Facebook, YouTube, Twitch and Twitter.
- Singular Home for Video Workflow
Vimeo now provides one home to help creators with all aspects of their video hosting and live streaming workflow–from broadcasting and auto-archiving to storage, management and collaboration to distribution, marketing and analytics. Post-event videos can also be monetized directly to audiences worldwide as a rental, purchase or subscription. Moving forward, Vimeo will also integrate live with its over-the-top (OTT) technology, enabling live content in branded apps across iOS, Android, Roku, Amazon, Samsung, and more.
Livestream is headquartered in Brooklyn, with offices in Ukraine and Bangalore, India. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, and the transaction, which is subject to certain conditions, is expected to close early in the fourth quarter. Citi acted as exclusive financial advisor to Livestream and Cooley LLP as legal counsel. Williams Mullen acted as legal counsel for IAC.