Soap Operas

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VIII): TOLN, UMG, TVplus, Disney, Universal, Comcast

--TOLN Partners with Universal Music Group to Bring Music Purchases to Online Soap Operas
--ACR Company, TVplus, Powers Second Screen Experience for Disney's "The Lion King"
--Universal Abandons Plan to Release "Tower Heist" Three Weeks after Theatrical Release

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2011, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format.

UK Broadcaster, Five, Launches Broadband Video-Enabled Web Portal for Soap Operas

--Portal Offers Full-Length Episodes of Five's Own Soaps, Links to Episodes of Other Broadcasters' Soaps

UK terrestrial broadcaster, Five, launched a broadband video-enabled Web portal called Holy Soap (, Thursday, which it describes as "dedicated to Britain's unofficial religion": TV soap operas. The site replaces the standalone Web sites that Five previously offered for its Australian soap operas, "Neighbours" and "Home & Away," and offers full episodes of those shows shortly after their broadcast (Five says that up to 30 days of full episodes of the shows will be available on the site, all free-of-charge).

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