On Demand

England's Football Association Taps Brightcove for Broadband Video Initiatives

--thePlatform, Ooyala Announce Updates to their Platforms
Broadband video platform provider, Brightcove , said last week that it has been tapped by English soccer's governing body, the Football Association (FA) , to power a range of new online video offerings for its TheFA.com Web site and for its official site for England's World Cup team (including interviews with players and highlights from previous games and tournaments), as well as a new iPhone app. "Football in England today has more spectators, participants, revenues...

Rogers Officially Launches its "TV Everywhere" Service, Rogers On Demand Online

Canadian cable MSO, Rogers Communications , has now officially launched Rogers On Demand Online, its initial implementation of the "TV Everywhere" distribution model, following a beta period that began last November (note: the "TV Everywhere" distribution model--which was originally championed by Time Warner chairman and CEO, Jeff Bewkes--seeks, via authentication technology, to make programming that pay-TV customers have already paid for through their cable, satellite or IPTV subscriptions available to those customers on multiple Web...

Games-on-Demand Company, Playcast, Signs MOU with Portuguese Pay-TV Operator

Playcast Media , a start-up with offices in Israel and London that was founded by two Harmonic veterans--Guy De Beer, who previously managed that company's VOD product lines, and Natan Peterfreund, who was previously its principal scientist and who is one of the originators of the H.264 compression standard--has signed an MOU with a large Portuguese pay-TV operator whose identity the company has not disclosed, the Israeli business news service, Globes, reported late Wednesday.
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LOVEFiLM Launches OTT Service on Internet@TV-Enabled Samsung TV's in the UK

UK-based video rental subscription service, LOVEFiLM , has announced the availability of its OTT service on new Samsung TV's in the UK. The service is currently available to LOVEFiLM customers with unlimited subscription packages on all Samsung TV models equipped with the consumer electronics manufacturer's Internet@TV platform, and is slated to launch on its Blu-ray players and home theater systems at a later date. LOVEFiLM has previously launched its service HDTV's, Blu-ray players and home...

SeaChange-Owned On Demand Group in Deal to Bring HBO Programs to 3 UK's Mobile SVOD Service

On Demand Group (ODG) , the London-based VOD content-aggregation-and-management subsidiary of SeaChange International, said Monday that it has signed a deal with premium programmer, HBO , to provide full episodes of the latter's shows on mobile carrier 3UK's new subscription VOD service, TV: On Demand. Shows covered by the deal include "The Sopranos," "Sex and the City," "Entourage," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," and "Flight of the Conchords."

TV: On Demand, which supports such...

OTT Specialist, Roku, in Multi-Year Deal with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)

--Two New Subscription-Based Channels--Kung Fu Theater and Cowboy Classics--also Launch on Roku
--Sony Teams with FIFA to Stream World Cup Programming on Bravia Connected TV Devices in Europe
--Playcast's Games-On-Demand System Now Supports HD
--Netflix Now Supporting Instant Streaming of HD Titles to PC's and Macs
OTT specialist, Roku , and pay-per-view event provider, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) , announced a multi-year deal, late Sunday, that will see all major UFC events featured on Roku, starting with the May 29th UFC 114: Rampage vs. Evans PPV event from the MGM Grand Garden Arena. "We are always looking at the latest technology and the newest ways to bring the UFC experience to our fans," UFC president, Dana White, said in a prepared...

Rentrak: VOD Viewers Spent over 3.1 Billion Hours Watching On-Demand Content Last Year

--In an Average Month, 45% of Enabled Set-Tops are Accessing VOD, Company Says
Multiscreen media measurement and research company, Rentrak , has published the "Rentrak State of VOD: Trend Report 2009." According to the company, the report encompasses industry-wide performance data for all of 2009, and is based on the aggregation of data from its OnDemand Essentials service, which it claims tracks 70 million set-top boxes across 33 operators for more than 100 content providers.

For the first time, according to Rentrak, cumulative reach curves...

Traffic for CBS's March Madness On Demand Up Substantially from Last Year

--Canada's Score Media in Broadband Video Deal with NHL
CBS on Tuesday released traffic statistics for March Madness on Demand (MMOD), the broadband video service it offers for the annual NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship. According to the broadcaster: 11.7 million hours of live streaming video and audio (up 36% compared to last year) were consumed by 8.3 million unique visitors (up 10% from last year) to the NCAA MMOD video player. By way of comparison, ratings for CBS Sports' TV coverage of...

Broadband Video Platform Provider, Brightcove, Raises $12 Million in Series D Funding Round

--Has Raised $99 Million To Date, Is Expected to Go Public This Year or Next
Broadband video platform provider, Brightcove , has confirmed a report by Jessica Vascellaro in Monday's Wall Street Journal that it has raised $12 million in new funding. According to the company, the Series D funding round was led by Accel Partners and General Catalyst, and saw the participation of other existing investors, including AOL, Hearst, AllianceBernstein, Maverick, and Brookside Capital. It says it plans to use the new funds to "expand the company's cash balance...

Netflix Launches Streaming Service for Nintendo Wii

In a posting on its corporate blog last Thursday, Netflix 's VP of marketing, Jessie Becker, announced that the company is "in the final phase of getting ready for the launch of streaming" to the Nintendo Wii games console (note: the Wii is currently the most popular games console in the US). The company--which originally announced Wii streaming support in January ( see the article published on itvt.com, January 13th ) and which has previously...

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