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Founded July 2008
Headquarters South William Street,[1] Dublin, Ireland
Area served Selected countries
Founder(s) Ciarán Bollard
Mark French
Key people Ciarán Bollard (CEO)
Colm Harte (CTO)
Owner Our Digital Universe Limited
Slogan(s) See The Music
Website .tvmuzu
Alexa rank link
Type of site Video hosting service
Registration Optional
Launched 16 July 2008 (2008-07-16)
Current status Active

MUZU is an independent online music video site with the largest legal catalogue of music videos available on the web. The video catalogue is licensed by all major record labels Universal Music, Warner Music, Sony Music, independent music labels and niche music content owners. Content includes concerts, music videos, lyric videos, interviews, music documentaries and lots more. MUZU also power music video solutions on hundreds of sites and platforms including Microsoft Xbox, Samsung, Sony, LG and Philips Smart TV's along some of the largest sites in the world including:, The Guardian, Mail Online, The Telegraph,, NME, Rolling Stone, Metacafe and many more. MUZU.TV generates revenue through premium advertising solutions; Artists, labels, broadcasters and all music content owners get a revenue share of the advertising revenue generated from plays of their videos on and off the site. MUZU supports fair trade for music.

The company was founded in Ireland by Ciarán Bollard and Mark French and now operates in over 19 countries with offices in Dublin, London and Germany.

Company history

Before the launch Sony BMG signed an agreement with MUZU to allow more than 6,000 videos by artists, including The Ting Tings and Kylie Minogue, to appear on the site, with a further 2,000 hours of footage from entities such as Cherry Red, Eagle Rock Entertainment, Hollywood Music, Ministry of Sound, Ninja Tune and Planet Rock Profiles.[2] Converse, Heineken International, O2, Pioneer Corporation, Ray-Ban and Sony were among the earliest companies to advertise on the website.[2] On 20 August 2008, it was announced that a deal had been signed with ITN,[3] which gave MUZU access to archive footage of TV shows such as The Tube and Calendar Goes Pop.[4]

EMI signed a deal on 16 January 2009 which permitted the website to feature more than 5,000 videos.[5] On 19 January 2009, it was announced that Beggars Group had signed.[6] On 27 January 2009, Cooking Vinyl announced it had signed a global deal, with its founder commenting that MUZU TV was "purpose-built for the music industry and we believe it holds great revenue potential".[7][8] On 21 July 2009, it was announced that Merlin Network, which had previously refused both MySpace and YouTube, had signed.[9] Announced on 25 January 2010 were deals with AOL Music, Bebo and the Telegraph Media Group.[10]

The Samsung Group said in January 2010 it would allow the development of a MUZU app for its televisions.[11]

In November 2011, Sony started offering Muzu videos through its Sony Entertainment Network on several home entertainment devices.[12]


The Irish Internet Association named Bollard and French as the 2009 Net Visionaries.[9] IIA Chair Maeve Kneafsey announced the winner at a ceremony on 21 May 2009 by describing the website as "an inspiration to the current and future generations of internet entrepreneurs who know that the internet means that there are no boundaries on what we can do in Ireland, the only limit being our imagination".[13] Bollard and French spoke at the Dublin Web Summit on internet business in Trinity College, Dublin on 4 February 2010.[14]


  1. ^ "MUZU TV goes live with music videos old and new".  
  2. ^ a b John Collins (17 July 2008). "Online video service launched".  
  3. ^ "Muzu TV pens deal with ITN".  
  4. ^ "Muzu TV adds to online content".  
  5. ^ "EMI signs with MUZU.TV".  
  6. ^ Jen Wilson (19 January 2009). "Beggars Group Joins Community".  
  7. ^ Kate Holton, Dan Lalor and Paul Casciato (28 January 2009). "Cooking Vinyl signs deal with YouTube rival MUZU".  
  8. ^ "MUZU.TV signs new global deal".  
  9. ^ a b Laura Slattery (21 July 2009). " signs major licence deal with indie music agency".  
  10. ^ Ciara O'Brien (25 January 2010). " signs lucrative new deals".  
  11. ^ Harry Wallop (7 January 2010). "CES 2010: apps on your TV".  
  12. ^ Sony (Press release) (14 November 2011). "Leading global music video site, MUZU.TV launches on Sony Home Entertainment Products". 
  13. ^ "MUZU is Overall Net Visionary winner".  
  14. ^ Charlie Taylor (29 January 2010). "Leading tech figures to speak in Dublin".  

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