On Demand

Motorola in Expanded VOD Deal with China's JBTN

Motorola 's Home and Networks Mobility unit said Monday that a major Chinese MSO, Jiangsu Broadcasting Television Network (JBTN) , is using its end-to-end VOD solution to expand its VOD offering to more subscribers in Jiangsu (note: Motorola claims that the deal makes JBTN's Jiangsu VOD deployment one of the largest in China). The deal between the companies sees Motorola--which has been working with JBTN on its Jiangsu VOD roll-out for around two years now--providing...

SeaChange's VOD Content Subsidiary, On Demand Group, Launches VOD Processing/Production Facility

--Secures Customer Win with Cyprus's PrimeTel
SeaChange International 's VOD content subsidiary, On Demand Group , announced Monday the launch of a new London HQ and three-screen video processing and production facility, as well as a win with Cyprus-based telco, PrimeTel. According to the company, the new, purpose-built technical facility on Tower Bridge Road (in Bermondsey, just over the River Thames from the City of London) provides cable, IPTV and mobile operators with comprehensive content processing, production and business services that...

News Round-Up:

--Accedo Broadband Develops Interactive TV Game for A&E Television
--ADB in Set-Top Deals with Altibox, ITI Neovision
--Alticast Announces Deployments of its Hybrid Broadcast Broadband Television Solution
--ANT Launches Managed Service Offering for IPTV and Hybrid Environments
--AT&T Launches Broadband Video Web Site
--BBC's Huggers Reveals Plans to Open iPlayer to Third Parties
--Bluestreak's MachBlue Supports "New 3D Flash User Experiences," Is Integrated into Mitsubishi TV's
--Brightcove Expands Partner Program
--Cisco's IPTV Technologies to Be Deployed by Virgin Media
--Clearleap's Platform Deployed by Bresnan
--Concurrent Announces "International Extension" of its "
Because of the large volume of news generated by the ongoing IBC show in Amsterdam, and because the [itvt] editorial team is currently traveling in the UK, we are covering a number of this issue's news stories in round-up/summary form. We anticipate some additional interruption of our regular news publishing schedule in the coming days, so we apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. Here is the round-up: Accedo Broadband --a Stockholm-based provider...

Verizon FiOS TV to Offer More Premium VOD Programming in HD

Verizon announced Wednesday that it is adding more HD VOD premium programming to its FiOS TV VOD service. According to the company, FiOS TV customers who subscribe to HBO and Cinemax will soon be able to access new HBO and Cinemax HD VOD channels, each offering around 150 hours of programming--more HD VOD programming, Verizon claims, than HBO and Cinemax offer on any other operator's platform. In addition, Verizon says, it is expanding its FiOS...

Brightcove in Over-the-Top Video Distribution Deal with Boxee

--Brightcove Tapped to Power Broadband Video for Germany Newspaper Site, Zeit Online
Broadband video publishing solutions provider, Brightcove , announced a partnership with over-the-top-TV specialist Boxee , Tuesday, which it says will see it providing Brightcove media customers with turnkey distribution options to the living-room television set via the Boxee interface. The company bills the partnership as providing its customers with new opportunities to expand their audience reach and advertising inventory, while bringing online video from prominent news and entertainment programmers to Boxee users. The first Brightcove...

Concurrent Launches "Video to the PC" Solution

VOD technology provider, Concurrent , on Tuesday launched a solution dubbed simply "Video to the PC." According to the company, the solution allows operators to utilize their existing Concurrent infrastructure to deliver commercial-grade video through high-speed Internet connections to online viewers. From a subscriber's perspective, the company says, the solution makes it possible to access both live broadcast video and on-demand content through a PC with no additional hardware requirements; operators, meanwhile, the company says,...

Cox Launches MyPrimetime VOD Service in Las Vegas and San Diego

--DISH Network in VOD Deal with Image Entertainment
Cox Communications announced last week that it has launched its MyPrimetime VOD service in Las Vegas and San Diego. The service makes available episodes of primetime series from ABC, NBC, Cartoon Network, FX, TBS, AMC, USA Network, Travel Channel, TNT, A&E and other programmers free-of-charge, the day after their linear broadcast. The service has previously been rolled out in Cox's Orange County, Calif.; New England; Kansas/Arkansas; Arizona; Macon, Georgia; Roanoke, Virginia; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Omaha, Nebraska;...

Movie Central Interactive Launches on Bell TV

Movie Central , a commercial-free premium programmer owned by Corus Entertainment, has launched Movie Central Interactive (MCi), an interactive guide to its programming schedule that is located on a dedicated channel (313) on the Bell TV pay-TV platform (note: it can also be accessed through Bell TV's iTV Home portal). The guide, which features schedule information for several weeks in advance, lists programming from all Movie Central's multiplex channels, including HBO Canada, by program title...

Samsung Enables YouTube Access on Select Blu-ray Disc Players

--New LG Electronics TV Sets to Offer OTT Access to Germany's Maxdome VOD Service
Samsung Electronics America announced last week that owners of its BD-P1600, BD-P3600 and BD-P4600 Blu-ray disc players can now access YouTube via a free firmware update. According to the company--which is demo'ing the new capability in its booth (925) at the CEDIA expo this week in Atlanta, Georgia--owners of the players can access YouTube from the main screen by pressing a button on their remote control. They can choose between watching the most popular or...

Other Headlines

--iPhone Augmented Reality App Launches in App Store
--Arqiva Appoints VOD CEO and Secures Content Deals
--New Magma, Channels.com Services Aim to Facilitate Broadband Video Viewing
--YouTube Expands Revenue Sharing Program
The [itvt] editorial team is traveling to the UK this week, and because we are quite pressed for time we are combining a number of today's news items into this round-up article. We also anticipate some interruption of our regular news publishing schedule over the next few days, so we apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. Here is the round-up: A French company called Presselite is offering " Metro Paris Subway ,"...