BERKELEY, Calif.–Sept. 9, 2008—SightSpeed Inc., the leading provider of Internet video communications, is upping the social networking ante with the next logical step before transporter beam: a widget that makes video communications easy and fun.
SightSpeed is the first company to offer threaded video posts and free video chat between members of MySpace and hi5 social networks. The SightSpeed Light widget works on any computer (PC or Mac) through any standards-based Web browser (e.g., Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari), with no downloads or installation required.
“Students use their social networking sites as a portal to people,” says SightSpeed CEO Peter Csathy, “and with sites like YouTube, they’ve upgraded the medium of public and personal communication to video. With our SightSpeed Light widget installed on the social networks where all their friends already are, we’re enabling students to put the two together, moving real-time video interaction to the forefront of the social-networking experience.”
Video posts are quickly populated to users’ network of friends as soon as a video is recorded. Other friends—after watching the post—can reply, and a threaded video conversation is born.
Users simply add SightSpeed Light with one click on either MySpace or hi5:
“No one understands or delivers Internet-based video communications better than SightSpeed. You can see that our widget—just like our other services—raises the bar in terms of ease of use and overall performance,” said Csathy.
SightSpeed Light joins the full range of video communication services from industry leader SightSpeed. Offering additional capabilities, the full-featured SightSpeed 6.0 delivers consumers best-in-class, 30-frames-per-second video calling and high-quality video mail with a virtual inbox. Also available are VoIP-based phone service with phone-in and phone-out capability, custom click-to-call-me buttons, video community access with privacy features, unlimited text messaging and up to four-party video conferencing.
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SightSpeed Inc. is the award-winning provider of a groundbreaking portfolio of Internet video communications services, based on patented human perception-based technology coming out of ten years of R&D at Cornell University. Its services include SightSpeed Free, the “gold standard” in Internet-based video chat for consumers; SightSpeed PLUS, a $9.95-per-month service with more features, including four-way simultaneous video chat and longer video e-mails; SightSpeed Light, a MySpace and hi5 widget that captures and creates video messages as posts, and SightSpeed Business, a full-featured suite of collaboration and productivity tools with simultaneous nine-way video/voice/text conferencing—an industry breakthrough—starting at $19.95 per month.
SIP-based and standards-compliant, SightSpeed has also been selected by Dell to power Dell Video Chat, now being bundled on nearly all consumer laptops shipped by Dell worldwide.
The service has also won many awards, including Frost & Sullivan's “Company of the Year” award, PC Magazine's “Editors' Choice,” PC World's “100 Best Products,” and a 2008 “Codie” from the Software & Information Industry Association.
Founded in 2001 and based in Berkeley, Calif., SightSpeed is a privately held company funded by The Roda Group, best known for launching Ask Jeeves and PolyServe. For more information visit SightSpeed online.