On Demand

News Round-Up

--Ceton Launches Digital Cable Quad-Tuner PC Card
--Hallmark Launches Augmented Reality-Enabled Greetings Cards
--HDNet Chairman, Mark Cuban, Attempts to Pour Cold Water on Enthusiasm for OTT
--Kaltura in Integration Partnership with Mzinga
--Ooyala in Broadband Video Deal with New York Daily News
--Vimeo Launches Mobile Version of its Video-Sharing Service
--Xerox Seeks Patent for Tech that Alters TV Shows' Video/Audio to Embed Targeted Advertising
--YouTube Invites Users to Suggest UI Improvements
Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show (March 3rd-4th in San Francisco) , we are covering a number of stories in this issue in summary form: Ceton Corporation has announced the launch of the Ceton Digital Cable Quad-Tuner card, which it bills as the word's first four-tuner digital cable solution for Windows 7 PC's with Windows Media Center. The solution was demo'd by Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, during...

SeaChange's On Demand Group in Deal to Provide VOD Content, Management for du's IPTV Platform

--Comcast Launches ESPN On Demand
On Demand Group (ODG) , the London-based content-aggregation-and-management subsidiary of SeaChange International, contacted [itvt] Wednesday to let us know that it is providing a fully managed VOD offering for United Arab Emirates-based telco, du , as part of the latter's du TV and du TV+ IPTV services.

According to ODG, its deal with du calls for it to develop and maintain an on-demand library of thousands of top-rated studio and network television...

Netflix to Offer Streaming Video on the Nintendo Wii

Netflix is set to announce today that its streaming video service will launch on the Nintendo Wii games console this spring, providing it with distribution in a potential 26 million additional US homes (note: the Wii is currently the most popular games console in the US). The company has previously secured distribution deals for the service through the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 games consoles, as well as through Roku OTT set-tops, TiVo...

Avail-TVN in VOD Distribution Agreements with Knightscove, Oasis TV

Avail-TVN --the company formed last July from the merger of VOD distribution services provider, TVN Entertainment, and Avail Media, a provider of managed content-aggregation services for smaller IPTV operators ( see the article published on itvt.com, July 15th )--said Tuesday that it has signed long-term, industry-wide deals to deliver free VOD content from Oasis TV and Knightscove Media . The company says that it will enable Oasis TV's and Knightscove Media's content to reach over...

iN Demand Trumpets VOD Line-Up for January

--11 of 17 New Movies to Be Offered Day-and-Date
Cable industry-owned VOD content aggregator, iN Demand , contacted [itvt] Monday to share with us the list of first-run movies it is premiering on VOD platforms this month. According to the company, 11 of the 17 first-run titles it is making available will be offered day-and-date with their DVD release. The 17 titles are: "The Final Destination," which premiered January 5th (day-and-date). "Adam," which premiered January 5th (day-and-date). "Public Enemies," which premiered January 6th. "The...

3D TV Round-Up

--CableLabs to Offer 3D TV Testing
--Comcast On Demand Offering 3D Horror Movie
--Discovery, ESPN to Launch 3D TV Channels
--JVC Launches 2D-to-3D Converter
--MPEG Industry Forum Launches 3D TV Working Group
--Samsung in 3D TV Partnership with RealD
--Sigma Designs to Demo New 3D Technologies at CES
--Vizio Launches New Line of 3D TV's
As was widely anticipated, 3D TV has emerged as one of the major themes of this year's Consumer Electronics Show--and a number of pieces of 3D TV news came across [itvt]'s desk, Tuesday. Here is a brief round-up: CableLabs has announced that it is providing testing capabilities for 3D TV implementation scenarios over cable. According to the organization, these capabilities "cover a full range of technologies including various frame-compatible, spatial multiplexing solutions for transmission." The...

Sonic Solutions to Launch Version 2.0 of Roxio CinemaNow at CES

--Incorporates Support for HD, 3D, Enhanced Storefronts, and Blu-ray-Style Interactivity
Sonic Solutions , the digital media company that in 2008 acquired the pioneering broadband VOD service/platform, CinemaNow (it subsequently added "Roxio" to the service's name in order to make its branding consistent with its other products), announced Monday that it is launching version 2.0 of Roxio CinemaNow at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. According to the company, the new version, which it will be demo'ing by invitation in the Renaissance Hotel's...

Syabas Launches $129 "Popbox" OTT Device

--Unveils Extensive Line-Up of Content and Application Partners
Syabas , a Fremont, Calif.-based company that specializes in over-the-top set-top hardware and software (note: for more on the company's Popcorn Hour A-110 and C-200 OTT set-top boxes, see the article published on itvt.com, December 16th ), today announced the launch of an open-platform OTT set-top box, dubbed the Popbox , which it says will stream music, movies, photos, games, social media updates and other content to HDTV's and will retail for $129. According to...

Cox Upgrades its VOD Service's On-Screen Interface

--Gravitas Secures New VOD Distribution Deals, ZillionTV in VOD Deal with MLB.com
The US's third-largest cable MSO, Cox Communications , announced Wednesday that it has upgraded the on-screen interface of its VOD service, Cox On DEMAND . According to the company, the new interface provides faster and simpler navigation and is available immediately across its digital cable footprint. "Our goal with this upgrade is to provide customers with an even more attractive, fast and intuitive On DEMAND experience," Chris Pantoya, Cox's VP of marketing, said in a...

AEG Trumpets Success of its New Live and On-Demand Video Streaming Unit

Los Angeles-based sports and entertainment presenter, AEG , is trumpeting the success of AEG Digital Media , the live and on-demand Internet video streaming business unit it launched in early October following its acquisition of Incited Media. In less than 60 days, the company says, AEG Digital Media--which it describes as a "provider of complete, turnkey, no-fail multimedia broadcast solutions" and which it says it formed in order to extend its reach to new audiences...