How does Mediafly on Roku work?
Very much like Netflix or Amazon, but in Mediafly’s case the on-demand content is free. Mediafly has aggregated and organized a library of over 25,000 shows that can be accessed on the Roku “right out of the box”. For viewers’ convenience, Mediafly has organized the most popular 500 or so shows into about 25 popular channels.
Beyond that, you can create your own personal channels by linking your Roku to a free Mediafly account. From Mediafly.com you can add, remove, discover, and share channels. Any changes made on Mediafly.com will be immediately available on your Roku.
You can also link other devices such as your iPhone or BlackBerry to get the same Mediafly channels you enjoy on your Roku, when you are away from the house such as running, working out, commuting, or just walking around. Mediafly remembers where you left off so that as you switch between devices in your “digital lifestyle” Mediafly keeps the experience consistent and contiguous.
How does Mediafly itself work?
Mediafly has created an innovative technology platform that helps facilitate the delivery of Internet content not only to multimedia devices, but also across different devices. Not only does Mediafly aggregate content to give the audience a one-stop-shop to find and enjoy content, but it also allows users to pick favorites once and then enjoy these same shows across their favorite devices. From a more technical standpoint, Mediafly currently sources much of its content from video and audio podcast shows, automatically delivered to the audience through RSS feeds. With the launch of additional services, this source ratio will shift accordingly.
When is the launch for Mediafly’s service on Roku player scheduled?
The launch is scheduled for Fall 2009.
What sources are available on Mediafly?
Mediafly provides access to many different content sources, including:
- 25,000+ audio and video podcasts
- Home movies
- And more
Sources include your major network/news organizations, such as NBC, MSNBC, CNN, ABC, FOX, ESPN, and many more, as well as quality independently produced content on virtually any topic.
Besides podcast content, will Mediafly deliver other content?
Mediafly’s platform is able to deliver a variety of different content types. Mediafly is excited to announce that in the near future, we will be able to deliver to audiences some great new categories:
- Home movies
Are accounts required?
No, you can enjoy almost everything that Mediafly has to offer without creating an account. The only time you need to create an account is if you wish to create your own personal set of channels or link another device to the same channels that are available on your Roku, such as your iPhone or BlackBerry.
Is there any charge for an account?
No, all Mediafly accounts are free.
How many shows are available on Mediafly?
Over 25,000 Show Series are currently available on virtually any topic from News, Sports, and Comedy to Celebrity Gossip, Tech News, and more. And new Series are being added to the Mediafly library daily.
Can I add new shows to Mediafly?
If there is a show which is not currently in Mediafly and it is available as an RSS feed (e.g. Podcast), you can add it to Mediafly via the “add to Mediafly” link at the bottom of the Mediafly.com website. It usually takes about 24 hours for new shows to be fully indexed by Mediafly and available via the Mediafly Search feature on devices such as your Roku.
Is Mediafly available on other devices?
Mediafly supports a large number of devices such as iPhone, BlackBerry, Zune, chumby, Logitech Squeezebox and more. For the full list of Mediafly devices you can visit www.Mediafly.com/DigitalLifestyle
Does Mediafly work directly with content producers for hosting and delivering content?
Yes, Mediafly provides an enterprise content management and distribution system on which several of the prominent podcast companies and individuals are using to distribute their Shows to Mediafly as well as to other podcast aggregators such as iTunes. This system also includes dynamic ad/promotion capabilities for maximizing ROI. At the same time, for many shows visible on Mediafly, the company aggregates publicly available audio and video podcasts in which case there is not necessarily a direct relationship between Mediafly and the content companies and the content is delivered directly to end users from the content sources.
Does Mediafly offer its services to corporations for corporate training and communications?
Yes, Mediafly provides a very robust method of delivering private, secure training and communications through Roku and mobile devices such as BlackBerry and iPhone. Detailed metrics packages are also available for these corporate applications. For questions about this capability contact Mediafly at 312-281-5171
Is Mediafly able to do dynamic advertising/promotional insertions?
One of the capabilities of the Mediafly content distribution system is dynamic content insertion which can be used for changing promotions or targeted ad insertion. This allows content producers to place current promotional messaging into not just current but also archived materials.
Where is Mediafly based?
Mediafly is a privately held company founded in 2006 and located in Chicago, IL