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...

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
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: Broadband/mobile video content platform provider, Babelgum , has announced a partnership with Cinelan , a company which specializes in publishing three-minute non-fiction films--often from prominent filmmakers--and which was co-founded by filmmaker, Morgan Spurlock ("Super Size Me"). Babelgum says it will make Cinelan's complete library of films available on a Cinelan-branded channel...

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...