On Demand

Comcast Launches On-Demand Streaming on its Xfinity TV App for iPad

--Says App Has Been Downloaded over 1 Million Times Since its Mid-November Launch

Interactive TV News Round-Up

--Report: Amazon in Talks with Studios about Acquiring Content for Netflix-Style Streaming Service
--"Security Requirements" Further Delay Launch of Boxee's Netflix App
--Brightcove Targets Federal Government
--HSN Names Jill Braff EVP of Digital Commerce
--Public Interest Groups File Amicus Brief Supporting ivi TV
--News Corp. Taps John McKinley to Head Development of New Digital Products
--Roku Launches Al Jazeera, USB Media Player
--Softel Announces Exhibit Plans for NAB 2011
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue.

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I)

--AOL Europe Acquires Online Video Distribution Network, goviral
--Bravo to Host Social-TV Event around Tonight's "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" Reunion Show
--ITV Hires BBC Executive as Part of Ongoing Restructuring of its Online and On-Demand Businesses
Here is the first of two round-ups of interactive TV/multiplatform video-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue:

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VIII): Vizio, Vudu, Yahoo!

--Hulu Plus, Blockbuster On Demand Launch on Vizio's Connected-TV Platform
--Vudu to Offer 3D Movies on Connected-TV Devices
--Yahoo! Reveals Plans to Offer "Broadcast Interactivity" on its Connected-TV Platform
Due to the large volume of news coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show, which kicked off Wednesday in Las Vegas, we are covering stories in this issue in summary/round-up form. We anticipate that it will take us several days to catch up with all the news generated by the show: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered...

Comcast Marks Hispanic Heritage Month with Line-Up of Special VOD Programming

Comcast said Tuesday that it is marking Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th-October 15th) with a range of dedicated VOD programming, including movies, specials that highlight the people, landscape, cuisine, culture and music of Latin America, and features on top Hispanic/Latino entertainers. "Comcast is proud to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and will provide more Latin On Demand content for our customers," Kim Taylor, Comcast's VP of multicultural marketing, said in a prepared statement. "Our Hispanic Heritage...

OTT Specialist, Boxee, Launches Movie Library

--Launch Partners are EZTakes, Indie Movies Online, MUBI and Openfilm
In a posting on the company's blog, Wednesday, OTT specialist Boxee 's VP of marketing, Andrew Kippen, revealed that Boxee has begun "adding the foundations of a new Movie Library" that will complement a TV Show Library that it rolled out in January as part of its Boxee Beta launch (note: the TV Show Library is designed to allow Boxee users to browse and search for full-length TV shows from major networks across the Web)...

Harmonic Unveils Universal edgeQAM Solution that Delivers up to 648 QAM's in a Two-Rack Unit

Video delivery technology provider, Harmonic , on Tuesday launched the NSG HectoQAM (NSG 9000-40G), which it bills as the first universal edgeQAM solution to deliver up to 648 QAM's per two-rack-unit chassis (compared to the 144 delivered by the company's existing line of edgeQAM's). In addition to its high density, the company says, the NSG 9000-40G incorporates "pioneering" new technologies that are designed to improve efficiency and ease-of-operation, including Harmonic's new EQAM Virtualization software technology...

Netflix, Relativity Media Bypass Pay-TV with New OTT Movies Deal

DVD rental/OTT video company, Netflix , and Relativity Media , the financing and production company behind such current-release movies as "Get Him to the Greek" and "Grown Ups," said Tuesday that they have signed a long-term agreement, under which major theatrically released films owned by Relativity will be licensed exclusively to Netflix for streaming to its subscribers on its "Watch Instantly" service during the pay-TV window (note: Netflix subscriptions that include the "Watch Instantly" service...

Blockbuster On Demand Available on New Philips Blu-ray Players

Struggling video rental chain, Blockbuster , said Tuesday that the latest Philips Blu-ray players, the 5320 and 7320 (note: the devices are built by Funai Electric-subsidiary, P&F, which is the exclusive licensee for Philips consumer television sets and home theater systems in North America), feature its transactional VOD service, Blockbuster On Demand. "Blockbuster On Demand gives customers instant access to the very latest new releases on the same day as DVD and Blu-ray," Bruce Anderson,...

New Interview with Leap Media Group Co-Founder, Chris Pizzurro, New iTV Doctor Column

[itvt] has just published an interview with Chris Pizzurro , co-founder and principal of Leap Media Group , a digital media agency that offers media planning, creative, research and other services to advertising agencies looking to develop interactive TV campaigns for their clients. Pizzurro discusses Leap Media's origins, the kinds of clients it serves, how well advertising agencies understand the potential of interactive TV, strategies for approaching interactive and multiplatform ad campaigns, and much more...