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Merit Network Announces Enhancements to Merit Cloud Media Service

Ann Arbor, Mich. — Merit Network, Inc. today announced new enhancements to its dynamic online video and audio management service, Merit Cloud Media.

Merit Cloud Media now allows organizations to post video content from commercial providers, including PBS, Media Education Foundation, University of Michigan Press, and others. Merit Cloud Media subscribers that have existing agreements with commercial vendors can request to have videos added to their cloud media collections. Members can also purchase content from over 50 participating commercial vendors at a discount, up to 25% off.

In addition, schools can now choose a Merit Cloud Media package that fits their organization. Service options are available in either standard, pro or enterprise. Members can subscribe to a package that provides the necessary amount of storage and capacity for their organization, and if needed, integration with learning management systems.

“The new Merit Cloud Media pricing packages provide significant value and savings,” said Elwood Downing, vice president of member relations, communications, services and product development at Merit. “It enables schools of various sizes to choose the appropriate level of service and deliver their commercial video content to their users.”

Merit Cloud Media is a cloud-based video and audio distribution service that enables organizations to share videos and other media across multiple platforms and mobile devices. Merit Cloud Media is powered by NJVID, the recipient of a 2012 WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) award for its innovative use of educational technology in higher education.

Available on PC, Mac, Android, iPhone and other devices, Merit Cloud Media’s adaptive streaming delivers the appropriate video for your end users, adjusting the compression and bit-rate based on the speed of the user’s Internet connection. Merit Cloud Media makes it easy to distribute, manage and edit videos.

“Merit Cloud Media is an ideal way for schools and libraries to share video content to their students and patrons. The online platform is very easy to use and works on both personal computers and mobile devices.”

For more information and to subscribe to Merit Cloud Media, please call 734-527-5785 or email [email protected].

About Merit Network

Merit Network Inc., is a nonprofit corporation owned and governed by Michigan’s public universities. Merit owns and operates America’s longest-running regional research and education network. In 1966, Michigan’s public universities created Merit as a shared resource to help meet their common need for networking assistance. Since its formation, Merit Network has remained on the forefront of research and education networking expertise and services. Merit provides high-performance networking and IT solutions to Michigan’s public universities, colleges, K-12 organizations, libraries, state government, healthcare, and other non-profit organizations.

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