On Demand

DirecTV in VOD Deal with HDNet

--Comcast On Demand to Offer 10 Major Movies Day-and-Date with DVD Release This Month
Satellite TV operator, DirecTV , on Tuesday announced a deal with Mark Cuban's HDNet that the companies say will result in over 20 hours of HDTV programming from HDNet, and over 25 movies from its sister channel, HDNet Movies, being made available on DirecTV's VOD platform every month. "HDNet has been a part of the DirecTV platform since its debut in 2001 and we are excited to continue to grow our relationship with the launch...

Cookie Jar Entertainment Launches Broadband Video Service for Children, Jaroo.com

Children's entertainment company, Cookie Jar Entertainment , has launched a free, advertising-supported broadband video service, called Jaroo.com , which it claims offers one of the largest selections of full-length episodes of current and classic children's programs and movies. At launch, the service offers around 500 on-demand full episodes from over 50 TV series, including "Inspector Gadget," "The Adventures of Paddington Bear," "Johnny Test," "Super Mario Bros.," "Zelda," "Madeline," "Ripley's Believe It or Not!," "Horseland," "Liberty's...

News Round-Up

--Apple Said to Be Pitching Subscription-Based OTT Service to Programmers
--Cisco Acquires Set-Top Box Business of China's DVN
--DISH Asks Appeals Court to Let It Offer DVR Service
--iN Demand: November to Be a Record Month for Day-&-Date VOD Movies
--Interactive "World of Warcraft" Machinima Uses YouTube Annotations
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: According to a report by All Things Digital's Peter Kafka, "multiple sources" are telling him that Apple is "trying to round up support for a monthly subscription service that would deliver TV programs via its multimedia software." The service would be an extension of Apple's iTunes software and store, Kafka writes. However, while "Apple has told industry...

Tandberg Powering Over-the-Top VOD Service for TiVo Customers in Australia and New Zealand

Ericsson-subsidiary, Tandberg Television , said Monday that Hybrid Television Services , the exclusive licensee of TiVo products in Australia and New Zealand, is deploying a complete suite of its software solutions to power a broadband VOD service/portal for TiVo customers in Australia and in New Zealand (note: Hybrid TV last week launched the DVR platform in the latter country). Dubbed CASPA On-Demand, the portal will provide Australian and New Zealand TiVo users with over-the-top access...

Brightcove Powering Broadband Video for Virgin Media Television's Living TV, Sky Deutschland

--UK-Based TV Everywhere Launches New Version of its VidZapper Platform
In a posting on its corporate blog, Wednesday, broadband video publishing solutions provider, Brightcove , announced that it is powering Liv , a recently launched online TV channel from Virgin Media Television's Living TV brand which offers free, exclusive, original short-form content that is refreshed on a daily basis. The ad-supported channel is available on http://livingtv.co.uk; and is also distributed to a range of third-party Web sites and social media platforms, including Facebook, via Brightcove's...

News Round-Up

--BigBand Networks Announces SCTE Cable-Tec Exhibit Plans
--Endavo in White-Label Broadband Video Deal with Etisalat
--OpenTV Not in Compliance with NASDAQ's Audit Committee Requirements
--Rogers-Owned OLN Offering Full Episodes on its Web Site
--New Broadband Video Service, Vevo, Receives Significant Investment
--YouTube to Live-Stream U2 Concert, Launches Real-Time Comments Search Feature
--Over 700 VOD Services Now Available in Europe
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Digital video networking specialist, BigBand Networks , has announced its exhibit plans for next week's SCTE Cable-Tec Expo . The company says that it will "highlight advanced media processing technologies that leverage the existing network to monetize and deliver high-quality video services with an evolutionary roadmap to converged video delivery." Emirates Telecommunications Corp . (Etisalat), which recently...

Warner Bros. to Launch "Warner On Demand" Broadband VOD/EST Service in Japan

--Billed as Providing "Seamless Re-Screening" Experience between PC's and Mobiles
Warner Bros.' Warner Entertainment Japan arm on Monday announced plans to launch a Web site called " Warner On Demand ," where Japanese consumers will be able to rent Warner Bros. movies and TV series for the first time directly from the studio via VOD, and download-to-own the studio's titles for PC's and mobiles. According to Warner Bros., Warner On Demand, which is slated to launch by the end of November, will be the only...

Samsung in Over-the-Top-TV Deals with Amazon, Blockbuster

Samsung Electronics America announced separate over-the-top-TV deals, Wednesday, with Amazon and Blockbuster . According to the company, the deal with Amazon makes the latter's Amazon Video On Demand service available on select Samsung HDTV's via a downloadable widget. Starting today, the company says, owners of Samsung LCD and Plasma HDTV's Series 650 and above, and of Samsung LED HDTV's Series 7000 and above, can download the Amazon Video On Demand widget for free, using those...

Avail-TVN Expands Content Line-Up of its Annual "Fright Fest" VOD Promotion

--Clearcast to Help UK VOD Providers Comply with New Regulations
--Warner Releases Two Movies on VOD, Prior to their DVD Release
Avail-TVN --the company formed in 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 )--will once again hold its annual horror/Halloween-themed VOD promotion, "Fright Fest," starting October 1st. This year, the company says, the promotion will offer significantly more content than before. According to the company, the promotion will be available...

Ooyala Teams with WheelsTV to Test "POV Reviews" on eBay Motors

--Google Reported to Be in Discussions to Acquire Brightcove
--ITV.com Switches from Silverlight to Flash to Power Online Video
UPDATE: After we went to press, Ooyala contacted [itvt] to let us know that
the launch of "POV Reviews," which was expected to take place today, has
been temporarily delayed. Broadband video platform provider, Ooyala (note: the company claims to have over 140 global media and enterprise customers, including Warner Bros., Electronic Arts and Sybase), said Wednesday that it is teaming with WheelsTV , a producer and distributor of automobile test drive videos,...