FASTHockey Signs on to Eyespot Video Platform

Leading Hockey Website Brings Interactive Video to Its Community With Eyespot’s Video Hosting, Publishing and Editing Applications

FASTHockey (www.FASTHockey.com) is a vibrant online community for hockey players, coaches, fans, families, and anyone passionate about the sport. To meet increased demand for online video and to further fuel the Website’s growth, FASTHockey will use Eyespot’s Video Personalization Suite (www.eyespotnetwork.com) to let members view games, create and edit highlight and recruiting reels, upload videos and share content online and via mobile.

“For us, video has always been a necessity,” said Marc Ruskin, President of FASTHockey. “Now, we’re moving beyond a passive experience to give our community meaningful ways to interact with the content on our site. Many Websites let users watch video; Eyespot lets us create a highly personal experience for our members — users get in the game and play with the content. Equipped with a cost-effective, reliable, scalable video solution, we can dedicate our development resources to building our community.”

Eyespot counts leading sports content providers including The NBA and Fox Sports among its clients; its recently released Video Personalization Suites makes Eyespot’s applications available to any-sized Website looking to drive loyalty and viral sharing with online video.

Eyespot’s Video Personalization Suite can be up and running on any site in a matter of hours through a simple self-provisioning process, and includes:

--  Video hosting, video streaming, video moderation, and video editing
    tools, delivered in a software-as-a-service model

--  Applications that let consumers upload videos and view and share
    content online and via mobile, all from a publisher's own Website

--  The ability to manage, combine, and distribute both professional and
    user-generated content

--  A library of more than 1,000,000 rights-cleared videos, music and
    photos

--  In-stream video advertising from leading networks including Google
    AdSense for Video, Tremor Media, Adap.tv, YouMe, and others

--  The option to leverage the Eyespot network for content syndication for
    added reach and visibility

--  Free (ad-supported) or low-cost monthly subscription offerings

“FASTHockey has quickly grown from a recruiting-focused Web site to one of the most popular destinations for hockey enthusiasts — a significant transformation based on its deep understanding of what the online hockey community wants and needs,” said Jim Kaskade, President and CEO of Eyespot. “Our role is to provide the services and tools needed to create an engaging consumer experience in a competitive market, and to let our customers focus on their core businesses. Online video is moving from a nice-to-have amenity to a must-have component for driving impressions, viral sharing, and monetization; clients like FASTHockey are ahead of the curve in putting online video to work for them as they build an active community.”

About FASTHockey.com

FASTHockey.com (www.FASTHockey.com) is the premier online network for ice hockey players, coaches and fans to organize their hockey lives while developing personal connections rooted in shared hockey interests. FASTHockey.com provides the online platform so that athletes and coaches can create player and team profiles, upload videos and photos, track and view statistics, check out opponents before games, and discover the best ice hockey players in the world. The site has revolutionized the way players, coaches, scouts, parents, and fans think about how hockey and technology work together.

About Eyespot

Eyespot is a video platform that includes Web-based and mobile applications and media libraries for Website publishers of all sizes that consumers use to personalize and virally distribute ad-supported video content. The Eyespot Video Personalization Suite features drag-and-drop video editing tools, mobile and broadband distribution capabilities, access to a library of over 1,000,000 rights-cleared videos, photos, and music, and instant monetization across an exchange of best-in-class rich media ad-networks. Eyespot is a trusted partner to more than 4,000 leading publishers in the music, film, broadcast TV, sports, and social networking sectors. For more information, visit www.eyespotnetwork.com.

Jim Kaskade

Jim Kaskade is a serial entrepreneur & enterprise software executive of over 36 years. He is the CEO of Conversica, a leader in Augmented Workforce solutions that help clients attract, acquire, and grow end-customers. He most recently successfully exited a PE-backed SaaS company, Janrain, in the digital identity security space. Prior to identity, he led a digital application business of over 7,000 people ($1B). Prior to that he led a big data & analytics business of over 1,000 ($250M). He was the CEO of a Big Data Cloud company ($50M); was an EIR at PARC (the Bell Labs of Silicon Valley) which resulted in a spinout of an AML AI company; led two separate private cloud software startups; founded of one of the most advanced digital video SaaS companies delivering online and wireless solutions to over 10,000 enterprises; and was involved with three semiconductor startups (two of which he founded, one of which he sold). He started his career engineering massively parallel processing datacenter applications. Jim has an Electrical and Computer Science Engineering degree from University of California, Santa Barbara, with an emphasis in semiconductor design and computer science; and an MBA from the University of San Diego with an emphasis in entrepreneurship and finance.

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