On Demand

Rentrak in VOD Measurement Deal with Canada's Alliance Films

Multiscreen media measurement and research company, Rentrak , announced last week that it has signed a deal to provide Canadian motion picture distributor, Alliance Films , with VOD measurement services via its OnDemand Essentials service. Alliance's recent VOD offerings--which are available on such major Canadian pay-TV platforms as Cogeco Cable, MTS, Rogers Cable, SaskTel, Shaw Cable, Telus and Videotron--include "Inglourious Basterds," "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past," "Four Christmases" and "Coraline." According to Rentrak, the Alliance deal...

News Round-Up

--DISH Faces April 30th Deadline in TiVo "Time Warp" Patent Case
--Audience-Driven, Interactive Sci-Fi Franchise, "Purefold," Abandoned
--Peled: NDS Likely to Seek Listing on London Stock Exchange in 2012
--NeuLion Selected by Major League Soccer as its Broadband Video Partner
--OpenTV Voluntarily Delisted from NASDAQ
--New UFC Site Offers All Episodes of Spike TV's "The Ultimate Fighter" Free-of-Charge
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: US District Court Judge David Folsom has granted DISH Network an extension through April 30th of a stay of his injunction requiring the company to disable DVR's that infringe on TiVo 's so-called "Time Warp" patent. Multichannel News's Todd Spangler explains why Sanford Bernstein analyst, Craig Moffett, believes that "DISH is now negotiating with a...

Project Canvas Announces Arqiva's Participation, Submits Merger Analysis to UK's Office of Fair Trading

--Wii iPlayer Surpasses 1 Million Downloads, Updated Version Released
Project Canvas --an initiative that sees UK public service broadcasters, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five, and UK ISP's, BT and Talk Talk, partnering in order to attempt to develop a common standard and interface for the delivery of online catch-up services such as the BBC iPlayer, the ITV player and 4oD, as well as other Internet-based services (including VOD and interactive TV widgets), to broadband-connected Freeview and Freesat set-top boxes (note: the partners...

News Round-Up

--Bollywood Hits On Demand Launches on Time Warner Cable's NYC Networks
--UCLA Taps Clicker to Develop Broadband Video Portal for its Students
--Move Networks' New Strategic Focus Results in Layoffs
--OMVC, Harris Interactive, Rentrak to Study Consumer Mobile TV Viewership Patterns
--Sneak Peek of a New Verizon FiOS TV User Interface?
--Verizon to Offer Dedicated Interactive TV App for Winter Olympics
--Report: Sundance Rentals on YouTube Generate Only $10,709 in Revenue
--Univision Channel Launches on YouTube
Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show (March 3rd-4th in San Francisco) and on our new EBIF Intensive event (March 5th in San Francisco) , we will be covering most stories in summary/round-up form over the next few weeks. Here is a round-up of recent news in various categories: Eros International and International Media Distribution have launched Bollywood Hits On Demand, a subscription VOD service targeted at South...

News Round-Up: Video-on-Demand

--Virgin Media: 2009 a Record-Breaking Year for VOD
--On Demand Group Appoints General Manager for Middle East
--Comcast Launches Black Cinema On Demand
--Time Warner Cable, Univision Team on VOD Sweepstakes
Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show (March 3rd-4th in San Francisco) and on our new EBIF Intensive event (March 5th in San Francisco) , we will be covering most stories in summary/round-up form over the next few weeks. Here is a round-up of the latest VOD news: UK cable operator, Virgin Media , announced Monday that 2009 was a record-breaking year for its VOD service, with over...

CEO Wood: Content Subscriptions More Important to Roku's Business Plan than Hardware Sales

--Roku Claims to Have Sold 500k+ Units, Plans to Raise $30 Mil this Quarter, May Go Public Next Year
--48% of Netflix Subscribers Now Accessing its Content OTT
In an interview with Bloomberg News that was published Wednesday, Anthony Wood , CEO of over-the-top company, Roku , revealed that the company hopes to raise $30 million in private funding this quarter from Menlo Ventures and other sources, and that it may go public next year--though he added that it is not currently working with an investment bank and has yet to set a date for an IPO. He also stated that the company...

iN Demand to Offer Movies-on-Demand Category Dedicated to Black History Month

Cable industry-owned VOD content aggregator, iN Demand , announced Wednesday that on February 1st it will launch a new movies-on-demand category, designed to celebrate Black History Month. Dubbed Black Cinema On Demand, the category will offer films featuring African-American directors, actors and themes.

According to iN Demand, the new category will offer such movies as Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" and "Malcolm X"; Steven Spielberg's "The Color Purple" and "Amistad"; Edward...

Music Choice's VOD Service Most Popular in US, According to Rentrak Data

--Comcast Offering Extensive Package of VOD Content for Obama's State of the Union
--Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium to Offer 700+ Hours of VOD Olympics Coverage
Multiplatform music video programmer, Music Choice , said Wednesday that its VOD service, Music Choice On Demand, generated over a billion orders in 2009, making it the number-one VOD network for the year. The company cited data from media measurement and analytics company, Rentrak , which it says confirmed that its service secured the most orders of any free or premium VOD service and surpassed all free VOD services for total unique set-top boxes accessing...

White House Launches iPhone/iPod touch App with Live and On-Demand Video

--Will Offer Live Streaming of Next Week's State of the Union Speech
In a posting on its official blog, Tuesday evening, the White House announced the availability of a new, free White House App for the Apple iPhone/iPod touch . "One feature that stands out is live video streaming," the blog post stated. "Now anyone with this app can watch the president's public events at the White House, frequent Web chats with administration officials, and other events like key speeches and press briefings, in real time. In...

Epix in Multiplatform Distribution Deal with Mediacom

--Has Previously Secured Distribution with Verizon FiOS TV, Cox Communications
Just a few days after announcing a similar deal with the US's third-largest cable operator, Cox Communications ( see the article published on itvt.com, January 11th ), Epix --a multiplatform premium programming service which is a joint venture between Viacom, its Paramount Pictures arm, MGM and Lionsgate and which has exclusive access to Paramount, Paramount Vantage MTV and Nickelodeon movies released theatrically on or after January 1st, 2008, and to MGM, United Artists and Lionsgate...