Yahoo Acquires RayV to Improve Online Video Technology

Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, attends the Cannes Lions 2014, 61st International Advertising Festival in Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, June 17, 2014.

Yahoo has acquired RayV, a video streaming startup, the two companies announced Friday. Terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.
RayV, which launched in 2005, develops software to stream HD quality video online and through mobile devices. The startup is based in Los Angeles, but with R&D operations in Tel Aviv. Most of its employees will be joining Yahoo's R&D center in Israel.

"At Yahoo, we are focused on building a video offering that delivers best-in-class quality and content, and can be streamed on-demand and live, on all platforms," P.P.S. Narayan, VP of cloud platforms and services at Yahoo, wrote in a blog post announcing the deal. "The RayV team shares our passion for innovation and commitment to build a video infrastructure to deliver the ultimate video experience to our users."

Under CEO Marissa Mayer, Yahoo has worked to expand its video offerings by acquiring exclusive rights to shows like Community and hiring well-known media personalities like Katie Couric in order to boost engagement and advertising dollars.
Rumors of Yahoo's interest in RayV first surfaced in late May. The Internet giant has also been rumored to be interested in other video companies like Dailymotion, NDN and Fullscreen, but with little to show for it.
There's no word yet on whether RayV will continue to operate independently, but most of the dozens of startups Yahoo has acquired under Mayer's leadership have been shut down.
"Our RayV adventure now comes to a pivot, and we couldn't be more excited," the team wrote in a separate blog post. "Yahoo’s global scale and broad content base, combined with its amazing leadership and appetite for success, creates an ideal environment for our team to thrive and be pushed to the next level."

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