Meerkat, Beamr, Popcornflix among the Fierce15 in online video

FierceOnlineVideo just published its first Fierce 15, identifying the movers and shakers that are driving the online video industry. Given all the projections about spectacular mobile video growth now and into the future--Juniper Research expects video traffic over smartphones to increase by nearly eight times between 2014 and 2019--it's worth taking a look at these up-and-comers.

Beamr, for one, has been steadily working its way into the content delivery streams of large-scale Internet players, from Yahoo's Flickr to a number of major online video providers including Netflix. Beamr says its compression algorithm can reduce the size of files by as much as 50 percent. 

Meerkat's live-streaming app that tied into Twitter--and Twitter's decision to buy rival Periscope instead--may sound familiar, but others, like Popcornflix, are just as compelling. All of these startups had to stand out to make the list, whether through unique industry offerings or by doing things in a way that set them apart from competitors. For the complete list, check out FierceOnlineVideo's Fierce 15 here.