broadband tv

News Round-Up

--Babelgum Closes Two Offices
--Microsoft's MSN in Broadband Video Partnership with Pact
--Sony Launches PlayStation Network Video Delivery Service in Europe
--YouTube UK Launches "Shows" Page, Featuring Full Episodes from Multiple Programmers
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Broadband video content company, Babelgum , is closing its Dublin headquarters and its Nice office, and consolidating those offices' operations in its London, Milan and New York City offices, according to a report in Paid Content. "This decision allows Babelgum to streamline its approach, improve its cost-effectiveness and ensure its continued growth in future years," the company...

Shaw Launches New VOD Web Site, Free VOD Programming from Treehouse TV

--Rogers Begins "Private Customer Testing" of "TV Everywhere" Service
--Rogers Executive Tells CRTC that Company Will Roll Out EBIF Apps in Mid-2010
Canadian cable MSO, Shaw Communications , has announced the launch of its new VOD Web site ( ), which it says offers thousands of movies and TV shows, including premium content from Movie Central, 500 HD offerings and various high-profile sporting events. According to the company, the site features a redesigned look-and-feel, improved search capabilities, filtering and sorting. The company also says that Super Channel subscribers have been able to access that channel's VOD...

TiVo Signs Interactive TV Ad Deal with MillerCoors, Reduces Prices of TiVo HD and HD XL DVR's

--iAd Deal Includes UGC Spots, "Crowd-Sourced" via Partnership with XLNTads
TiVo on Tuesday announced price reductions on its TiVo HD and TiVo HD XL DVR 's, two new holiday-themed Facebook applications, and an interactive TV advertising deal with MillerCoors .

According to the company, the price of the TiVo HD has been reduced from $299.99 to $249.99 and the price of the TiVo HD XL from $599.99 to $499.99 (plus cost of service). Customers who buy an HDTV from Best Buy together...

Kaltura in Open Source Broadband Video Partnership with LongTail Video

--LongTail's JW Player and AdSolution Integrated with Kaltura's Broadband Video Platform
Kaltura , a company that offers what it bills as the first open source broadband video platform, and LongTail Video , a company that offers an open source video player, will today announce that they have formed a strategic partnership which they claim will boost open standards, flexibility and innovation in the broadband video space.

The partnership sees Kaltura integrating LongTail's JW Player into its open source broadband video platform: the companies...

Brightcove 4 Features Support for Native iPhone App Development, Expanded Live Streaming and More

--Brightcove Targets SMB's with Entry-Level Brightcove Express Offering, Priced from $99 per Month
Broadband video publishing solutions provider, Brightcove , on Monday announced the general availability of Brightcove 4 , which it describes as a "major new release" of its flagship online video platform that incorporates a range of new features, including support for native iPhone video application development, expanded live streaming capabilities, advanced analytics, and new resources for video distribution, monetization and custom online video applications. The company also launched Brightcove Express, an entry-level version of Brightcove...

Sezmi Secures $25 Million in New Funding, Launches Public Pilot in Los Angeles

--Company's Flagship Offering Combines Traditional TV, Movies and Internet Video
Sezmi , a company that has developed a set-top box-based offering which it bills as "combining traditional TV content, movies and Internet video in a single, easy-to-use product and service," said Monday that it has secured $25 million in new funding from new and existing investors. The company--which last year announced that it had raised $33 million in an earlier funding round--also announced Monday that it has made its "all-in-one personalized television service" available via...

Ooyala in Broadband Video Overlay Advertising Partnership with YuMe

Broadband video platform provider, Ooyala , and YuMe , which bills itself as "the first advertising technology company built from the ground up for broadband video," announced Monday that they are partnering in order to "help publishers monetize live online video streams" (note: the announcement follows Ooyala's announcement last week of advanced ad network integration, as well as adaptive bitrate delivery). According to the companies, Ooyala's Backlot dashboard now includes a simple process for publishers...

SetJam, Yidio and Clicker Emerge to Tackle Problem of Online Programming Discovery

Three different companies-- SetJam , Yidio and Clicker --contacted [itvt] last week to let us know about solutions they have developed to make it easier for consumers to discover the programs they want to watch from the increasing amount of programming now available online. All three solutions are designed to facilitate online access to full-length, professionally produced and legally available programming.

SetJam is offering what it bills as "an easy-to-use, specialized... Launches "DVR" Functionality , an online portal for TV listings and other TV-related content (note: the site, which, along with TV Guide Network, is part of a joint venture owned by Lionsgate and One Equity Partners, claims to reach 21 million unique users each month), announced Wednesday that it has launched "DVR" functionality, enabling users to select their favorite TV shows, organize them in one location and watch them online at their convenience. "My DVR," as...

Flumotion Powers Broadband Video Portal with 3D UI for Spanish Broadcaster, Cuatro

Flumotion , a Barcelona-based company best known for developing an open source multi-format video streaming software that it claims allows streaming of content "live and on-demand in all the leading formats from a single server," contacted [itvt] Wednesday to let us know about a new broadband video service it has developed for Spanish broadcaster, Cuatro. Dubbed " play cuatro " and powered by Flumotion's CDN, the service features a 3D-style interface, which, according to a...