Starlight Networks was founded in 1991 by Charlie Bass (engineer), Jim Long and Mark Gang with backing from investors Accel Partners and Interwest Partners. The company created some of the first commercial Video-on-demand and Video Streaming products. The first Starlight Networks product was named StarWorks and enabled on demand MPEG1 full motion videos to be randomly accessed on corporate networks.
Originally the press referred to networked video as 'store & forward video' but that changed after Starlight Networks began describing it as 'Streaming Video'.
In 1995 Starlight introduced Streaming Video over satellites with Hughes Network Systems. In February 1998 Starlight introduced one of the first full motion video Web Conferencing products, StarLive! (the exclamation point was part of the product name). Technology Analyst Om Malik wrote in May 1998 how Starlight software helped power Bloomberg Television and Starlight partnered with RealNetworks to enable Web Conferencing at Smith Barney. General Electric also tapped Starlight Products for Corporate Communications and Training.
Other investors included Sequoia Capital, and Merrill, Pickard, Anderson, & Eyre Ventures. Starlight was acquired by PictureTel in 1998.