UFC Teams with NeuLion on Online Interactive TV Experience for Pay-Per-View Events

Mixed martial arts fight promoter, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), has teamed with broadband TV specialist, NeuLion, to create an online interactive TV service featuring UFC pay-per-view events. Dubbed UFC.tv and priced at $44.95 per event (i.e. $10 less than UFC PPV events on multichannel pay-TV services), the service launched Saturday in association with UFC's "Silva vs. Belfort" PPV event.

Among other things, the new service--a demo video of which is embedded above and an interactive demo of which can be accessed here--allows users to:

Broadband Video/Live-Streaming News Round-Up

--Babelgum in Deal to Offer Cinelan's Library of Three-Minute Non-Fiction Films
--Bambuser's Live Streaming iPhone App Receives App Store Approval
--Conviva Names Former NBCU CTO, Darren Feher, President and CEO
--Episodic Powers Showtime Sports' "Strikeforce: All Access"
--Justin.tv Launches Unified Chat Option, Plans to Launch Pay-Per-View Service
--Livestream to Provide Live-Streaming Coverage of Times Square New Year Celebrations
--Netflix Web Site Updated to Push "Watch Instantly" Option
--Next New Networks Announces "Next New Creators" Program
--NHL Teams with NeuLion to Launch "NHL VideoCenter" Player
--VidZapper Integrated with Amazon CloudFront
--Chinese Broadband Video Site, Youku, Raises $40 Million

A number of items of broadband-video and live-streaming news have come across [itvt]'s desk over the past few days. Here is a brief round-up:

NBC Universal Redesigns its VOD Web Site

NBC Universal's Digital Distribution arm has redesigned its Universal
Studios VOD and PPV site (www.universalvod.net).
According to the
company, in addition to information on Universal VOD and PPV
movies, the site now offers a "Rate this Video" application, "Send to a
Friend" functionality, games, a fresh look with more streamlined
navigation, and "one-click access" to behind-the-scenes footage, trailers
and photo galleries of upcoming VOD and PPV offerings. The site has
also been optimized for search engine indexing, and allows consumers
to sign up to receive information on upcoming releases, sweepstakes,
give-aways, and other offers.

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