Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): Netflix, The Weinstein Company, Revision3, Time Warner Cable, Fox News
--Netflix in Multi-Year Output Deal with The Weinstein Company's RADiUS-TWC
--Revision3 Updates its Viewing Platform Line-Up
--TWC Launches "TV Everywhere" Access to Live Streams of Fox News, Fox Business on iOS Devices
Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on our upcoming TV of Tomorrow Show event, TVOT NYC Intensive (we'll be announcing the date and location soon!), we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format:
- Netflix has signed a multi-year output deal with RADiUS-TWC, the new multiplatform distribution label from The Weinstein Company. According to the companies, the deal will give subscribers to Netflix's instant streaming service access to a range of new films from early next year. "Among [the films covered by the deal] are Leslye Hedland's razor sharp comedy 'Bachelorette' the raucous Sundance Film Festival sensation about three best girlfriends (Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher and Lizzy Caplan) whose night of prenuptial debauchery threatens to ruin the wedding; 'Only God Forgives,' Nicolas Winding Refn's eagerly awaited follow up to 'Drive' starring Ryan Gosling and Kristen Scott Thomas; the Toronto and Telluride satirical hit 'Butter' with Jennifer Garner, Ty Burrell, Olivia Wilde, Rob Corddry, Ashley Greene, Alicia Silverstone and Hugh Jackman," the company states in its press materials. "Also coming to Netflix are 'The Details' starring Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks, Dennis Haysbert, Kerry Washington, Ray Liotta and Laura Linney, which also premiered at Sundance to great fanfare, and 'Lay the Favorite,' another Sundance hit directed by Academy Award-nominee Stephen Frears ('The Queen') starring Bruce Willis, Rebecca Hall, Catherine Zeta- Jones and Vince Vaughn."
- Revision3, the online video programmer that was recently acquired by Discovery Communications (see the article published on itvt.com, May 7th), on Friday announced an expansion in the number of devices on which its service is available, as well as updates to some of its existing apps. "The latest updates," the company states in its press materials, "include: 1) Revision3 for iPad: upgraded to include support for Apple Airplay. Play your favorite Revision3 content on your airplay-compliant device. 2) Nook App: Revision3 can now be found on all Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablets. 3) HTML5 on Firefox. With the inclusion of Firefox browsers (which have 20% market share) this month, Revision3's new HTML5 player is now available on all up-to-date browser and operating system combinations. With this move, Revision3's HTML5 player replaces Revision3's Flash player as the most dominant player technology for Revision3.com content. 4) Sony Google TV App. Revision3 released its Android Google TV application for the Sony Google TV Play Store--providing Revision3 content to all users of Sony's new Google TV implementations.
- Time Warner Cable has announced that iPad- and iPhone-equipped subscribers can now watch Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network live on those devices. "The live programming streams will specifically be available on the Fox News iPhone, Fox News iPad and Fox Business iPad applications," the company states on its blog. "Get the latest news coverage, market updates and watch your favorite shows anytime, anywhere that you have an Internet connection. Customers that subscribe to the corresponding channels simply need to log into the apps with their TWC ID to verify their subscription."