On Demand

Concurrent Launches "Video to the PC" Solution

VOD technology provider, Concurrent, on Tuesday launched a solution dubbed simply "Video to the PC." According to the company, the solution allows operators to utilize their existing Concurrent infrastructure to deliver commercial-grade video through high-speed Internet connections to online viewers. From a subscriber's perspective, the company says, the solution makes it possible to access both live broadcast video and on-demand content through a PC with no additional hardware requirements; operators, meanwhile, the company says, can now monetize their portfolio of video services by bundling their full offerings to both the TV and the PC.

Cox Launches MyPrimetime VOD Service in Las Vegas and San Diego

--DISH Network in VOD Deal with Image Entertainment

Cox Communications announced last week that it has launched its MyPrimetime VOD service in Las Vegas and San Diego. The service makes available episodes of primetime series from ABC, NBC, Cartoon Network, FX, TBS, AMC, USA Network, Travel Channel, TNT, A&E and other programmers free-of-charge, the day after their linear broadcast. The service has previously been rolled out in Cox's Orange County, Calif.; New England; Kansas/Arkansas; Arizona; Macon, Georgia; Roanoke, Virginia; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Omaha, Nebraska; Santa Barbara, Calif.; Hampton Roads, Virginia; and Greater Louisiana markets, and the operator says that its remaining systems will launch the service imminently.

Movie Central Interactive Launches on Bell TV

Movie Central, a commercial-free premium programmer owned by Corus Entertainment, has launched Movie Central Interactive (MCi), an interactive guide to its programming schedule that is located on a dedicated channel (313) on the Bell TV pay-TV platform (note: it can also be accessed through Bell TV's iTV Home portal).

Samsung Enables YouTube Access on Select Blu-ray Disc Players

--New LG Electronics TV Sets to Offer OTT Access to Germany's Maxdome VOD Service

Samsung Electronics America announced last week that owners of its BD-P1600, BD-P3600 and BD-P4600 Blu-ray disc players can now access YouTube via a free firmware update. According to the company--which is demo'ing the new capability in its booth (925) at the CEDIA expo this week in Atlanta, Georgia--owners of the players can access YouTube from the main screen by pressing a button on their remote control. They can choose between watching the most popular or most highly rated YouTube videos, the company says, and can also search for videos via a "mobile phone-like" on-screen keypad. Samsung claims that the experience is "very similar to that on the Web site."

Other Headlines

--iPhone Augmented Reality App Launches in App Store
--Arqiva Appoints VOD CEO and Secures Content Deals
--New Magma, Channels.com Services Aim to Facilitate Broadband Video Viewing
--YouTube Expands Revenue Sharing Program

The [itvt] editorial team is traveling to the UK this week, and because we are quite pressed for time we are combining a number of today's news items into this round-up article. We also anticipate some interruption of our regular news publishing schedule over the next few days, so we apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. Here is the round-up:

Hulu's UK Launch Pushed Back to Early 2010, Due to Slow Negotiations with UK Broadcasters

--Said to Be Closest to Deal with ITV

According to a report Monday in the UK newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, Hulu, the free, ad-supported broadband video venture co-owned by The Walt Disney Company (ABC), NBC Universal and News Corp. (Fox), will not launch in the UK until early next year. It had previously been expected to roll out the UK version of its service next month.

Invitel Hungary Selects Espial MediaBase Servers for On-Demand Expansion

--Servers Powering VOD, nPVR and Timeshift-TV Services

Espial, the Canadian digital TV software company which last year bought US IPTV and video-on-demand technology provider, Kasenna (note: the deal valued Kasenna, which had raised $90 million in funding since its launch in 2000, at around $6.5 million), said Tuesday that triple-play provider, Invitel Hungary (note: the latter, which was previously called Vivendi Telecom, claims to be Hungary's second-largest service provider), has successfully launched--and is now expanding--on-demand services using Espial MediaBase VOD servers. Espial acquired the MediaBase product line through the Kasenna purchase.

Brightcove Powers Broadband Video for Manchester City FC, STV

--Manchester City vs. Orlando Pirates Streamed Live Last Saturday
--Brightcove Alliance Partner, Goodmail, Enables Brightcove-Powered Video in Emails

Broadband video publishing solutions provider, Brightcove, contacted [itvt] last week to let us know that it is powering online video for UK Premier League soccer club Manchester City's new Web site (mcfc.co.uk).

Faith & Family Entertainment Launches SVOD Service on Cox

Faith & Family Entertainment, a company that describes itself as "the leading producer of wholesome, Christian-themed movies and miniseries in Hollywood," announced Wednesday that it is launching a subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service with Cox Communications. According to the company, the new service, which will be priced at $6.99 per month and will be accessed through a dedicated "Faith and Family Movies" category on Cox's VOD platform, will offer subscribers 20 "faith-based, family-friendly" movies each month, including six original "never-before-seen" titles; it will add "original faith-based" series and miniseries in the future, the company says.

SeaChange Launches Universal Session Resource Manager

--Claims New Axiom on Demand Feature Guarantees "Anytime, Anyplace" Video QoS

VOD and advanced advertising technology provider, SeaChange International, on Wednesday announced the availability of a new universal session resource manager (uSRM), which it says will allow operators of managed networks to deliver the best possible video experience to consumers regardless of when they are watching or on what kind of device. The company says that the uSRM will allow operators to guarantee QoS across access, aggregation and edge networks for cable, IP and wireless delivery of video.

Starz to Provide Premium Content for Comcast's On Demand Online Trial

--Trial is Part of "TV Everywhere" Initiative, Announced by Comcast and Time Warner Last Month

Comcast, the US's largest cable MSO, and premium programmer, Starz Entertainment (operates 16 premium movie channels, including its flagship Starz and Encore brands), announced last week that Starz will make a selection of its content available online to its subscribers who are also Comcast customers, under the auspices of the MSO's recently announced trial of a service called On Demand Online.

Virgin Media to Offer Universal Pictures' PictureBox VOD Service

UK cable operator, Virgin Media, and Universal Pictures announced Monday that the latter's subscription-based movies-on-demand service, PictureBox, will launch next month on Virgin Media's VOD platform. Priced at £5 per month, the service will offer 28 films--including recent releases and library titles--at any one time, with seven new titles added to its line-up every Friday. According to the companies, most of the films will be available in HD and many will not yet have been made available on free-to-air television in the UK.

Time Warner and Comcast Unveil "TV Everywhere" Principles

--Comcast to Begin National Technical Trial of "On Demand Online" Service

Time Warner announced Wednesday that it has partnered with Comcast to develop "broad principles" for the "TV Everywhere" model to guide the distribution of its television content online (note: the "TV Everywhere" model, which has long been championed by Time Warner and its chairman and CEO, Jeff Bewkes, seeks to make programming that pay-TV customers have already paid for through their cable, satellite or IPTV subscriptions available to those customers on multiple platforms, and thus aims to head off the threat posed to pay-TV services by the increasing availability of over-the-top programming--for more background, see the articles published

UK's Channel 4 to Make its Back Catalog Available Online Free-of-Charge

--Will Add 4,000 Hours of Programming to its 4oD Video-on-Demand Service Next Month

UK newspaper, The Guardian, reported Sunday that UK terrestrial broadcaster, Channel 4, is set to make its back catalog of programming available online free-of-charge. Starting next month, around 4,000 hours of the broadcaster's archived content (approximately 10,000 titles) will be available through its catch-up service, 4oD, which until now has offered programs for only 30 days after their broadcast, the newspaper said.

SeaChange Reports Higher Revenues, Income

--Company's Fiscal Q1 Was Seventh Consecutive Quarter of Profitability

Video-on-demand, IPTV and digital advertising technology provider, SeaChange International, has released financial results for its fiscal first quarter (2010), ended April 30th:

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