OVGuide

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OVGuide
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Type of site
Online video website directory
and video search engine
OwnerFOTV Media Networks, Inc.
Created byDale Bock, Founder
Sanjay Reddy, CEO
David Bohnett, Chairman
Website www.ovguide.com
RegistrationNot required for most services
LaunchedJuly 2006

OVGuide was a website aggregator which allowed users to find online video content. The company was acquired by FOTV Media Networks Inc. for over $10M in 2016. -OVGuide is no longer available-

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Contents

Included sites

Sites are submitted by users and selected based on editorial review. Once a site is approved for inclusion, it is categorized according to its niche content. Editors do not review specific video titles, but look at the overall quality of a site, such as checking for enough unique video content, potential spyware, excessive ads, or other factors which would make a video site unacceptable for inclusion.

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Special events

OVGuide participated as one of the exclusive live streamers of Leeza Gibbons' 'A Night to Make a Difference' at Mr. Chow, an Oscar dinner and charity celebration, which took place on Sunday, February 22, 2009. The event marked the first time an Academy Awards Oscar Party was streamed online to a live worldwide audience.

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Acquisitions

In 2010 OVGuide acquired IBeatYou. IBeatYou.com is an online multimedia competition site where users challenge each other in hundreds of categories using videos, photos and text responses. Winning entries are selected by public votes. It ran primarily as a separate business venture with some integration into OVGuide. The developers at IBeatYou played key roles in redesigning an improved version of OVGuide that was released at the end of 2010. Other projects developed by the IBeatYou team include Picbeat - a photo sharing site, and Juicybooth.com, which allows users to interactively spoof pictures. The total deal was worth $2.975M, with $1.487M in earnout. IBeatYou was later acquired from OVGuide by Photobucket in an all-stock transaction.

Photobucket is an American image hosting and video hosting website, web services suite, and online community. Photobucket hosts more than 10 billion images from 100 million registered members, who upload more than four million images and videos per day from the Web and connected digital devices. Photobucket's headquarters are in Denver, CO. The website was founded in 2003 by Alex Welch and Darren Crystal and received funding from Trinity Ventures. It was acquired by Fox Interactive Media in 2007. In December 2009, Fox's parent company, News Corp, sold Photobucket to Seattle mobile imaging startup Ontela. Ontela then renamed itself Photobucket Inc. and continues to operate as Photobucket.

Live Matrix was acquired by OVGuide in early 2012. They are a guide to live and upcoming scheduled events on the Web. It was seen as a strategic business move to expand OVGuide into becoming a live event guide too. As part of the deal, Sanjay Reddy, who was the CEO/co-founder of Live Matrix, replaced Peter Lee as OVGuide's new CEO. Reddy was the SVP, Business Development & Strategic Planning, at Gemstar-TV Guide International and has an extensive background in the online multimedia space. It was an all-stock deal.

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