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Unicorn Media Launches Transcoding and RSS-Feed-Creation Solution for Syndicating Videos to TiVo

--Launch Follows TiVo's Announcement Last Week that it Is Opening Up its Platform to Video Podcasters
As [itvt] reported last week ( see article published on itvt.com, August 6th ), TiVo recently announced that it is making available "hundreds" of free broadband videos to broadband-connected TiVo Series3, TiVo HD and TiVo HD XL subscribers via new "podcast channels," and also announced that it is now possible for any video podcast provider to publish video content to TiVo DVR's using industry-standard Really Simple Syndication (RSS) and H.264 video (note: TiVo users can...

BBC to Offer Extensive Red-Button, Broadband Video Coverage of World Athletic Championships

The BBC announced Wednesday that it is offering extensive coverage of the World Athletic Championships (take place in Berlin, Germany from August 15th to 23rd) through its red-button interactive TV service. According to the corporation, UK digital viewers will be able to press red to access looped re-runs of BBC Two's live coverage of the event, as well as a daily 20- to 30-minute highlights program, featuring action from the event's morning and evening sessions...

Blip.tv Expands Distribution, Launches New Dashboard, Offers New Tracking, Monetization Options

--New Partners Include YouTube, Vimeo, NBC Local Media NY, Roku, TubeMogul, FreeWheel
Blip.tv , a broadband video company that claims to offer over 38,000 original Web shows which collectively reach over 22 million viewers and generate 72 million video views per month, announced Tuesday that it has expanded its distribution capabilities, formed new partnerships to monetize its content and track advertising and viewership across its distribution network, and redesigned the dashboard that it offers to its content providers so that the latter can now reach viewers across...

Channel Devoted to Same-Sex Marriage to Launch on Broadband, IPTV

Pink Weddings , a UK company that specializes in wedding/civil union planning services for same-sex couples, contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know that it is planning to launch a channel called TogetherTV that will be devoted to gay and lesbian weddings, on September 1st. The company says that the channel will be launched as a "sub-channel" on TV Polari, which is billed as the first UK-launched and globally broadcast lifestyle IPTV channel for a...

ITV Launches New "Coronation Street" Site with Extensive Broadband Video Line-Up

--Site Slated to Offer 100 Minutes of New, Original Video Content Each Month
UK commercial terrestrial broadcaster, ITV (note: the name stands for Independent Television Network), announced last week that its ITV Studios Digital Productions arm will produce around 100 minutes of new broadband video content each month for the recently revamped Web site ( itv.com/corrie ) of its long-running soap opera, " Coronation Street ." The content--which will include exclusive cast interviews, backstage footage and archive clips, as well as episode summaries, sneak previews and character profiles--was...

BBC's Interactive TV and Broadband Video Coverage of Glastonbury Festival Sets Records

The BBC said Wednesday that record numbers of people watched coverage of this year's Glastonbury Festival on-demand through its dedicated festival Web site and through its BBC Red Button interactive TV service. According to the corporation, the site--which offered highlights of around 60 acts playing on the festival's main stages--received 7.2 million video requests. Lady Gaga's performance proved the biggest draw, the BBC says, with 1.3 million requests, followed by Lily Allen's with 762,000 requests,...

CBS Launches Extensive Multiplatform Initiative around "Big Brother"

Broadcast network CBS announced Wednesday an extensive multiplatform initiative around the 11th season of the US version of the Endemol reality-TV show, " Big Brother " (Premieres July 9th, 8:00PM Eastern/Pacific). According to CBS: A Twitter feed (@BigBrotherScoop) will provide real-time updates from what CBS calls a "production insider" during and between broadcasts. Starting Friday, July 10th, a second Twitter feed (@BigBrotherHoH) will give the contestant who has been selected as "Head of Household" for...

Interactive Video Company, Veeple, in Distribution Agreement with TubeMogul

Veeple , a Palo Alto, Calif.-based company that specializes in interactive online video solutions for marketers (note: for an in-depth overview of the company's products and strategy, see the interview with its co-founder and CEO, Scott Broomfield, that was published on itvt.com, April 22nd ), said Tuesday that it has signed an agreement with online video distribution platform, TubeMogul (note: the company also recently signed a deal with BitGravity-- see article posted on itvt.com, June...

Nichelle Nichols ("Star Trek's" Uhura) to Star in Original Broadband Video Series, "The Cabonauts"

--Series, Written by Hayden Black, Will Have Exclusive First Run on Dailymotion
Paris, France-based broadband video company, Dailymotion (note: the company claims that over 15,000 new videos are uploaded to its network of 18 localized sites each day), announced Tuesday that Nichelle Nichols, who played Lieutenant Uhura on the original "Star Trek," has joined the cast of " The Cabonauts ," a 15-part original Web series (each episode will be 10 minutes long) that the company is launching in partnership with Evil Global Corp.

Germany's ProSieben Offering "Gossip Girl" on its Broadband Video Portal

German commercial broadcaster, ProSieben , is offering the US series, "Gossip Girl," from Warner Bros. International Television Distribution on an advertising-supported basis on its Move Networks-powered ProSieben.tv broadband video portal. The broadcaster says that this is the first US TV program to be streamed on the portal, even though it broadcasts a range of US programs on its linear TV service, including "The Tudors," "Nip/Tuck" and "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles." Each episode of the...

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