On Demand

Hulu's UK Launch Pushed Back to Early 2010, Due to Slow Negotiations with UK Broadcasters

--Said to Be Closest to Deal with ITV
According to a report Monday in the UK newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, Hulu , the free, ad-supported broadband video venture co-owned by The Walt Disney Company (ABC), NBC Universal and News Corp. (Fox), will not launch in the UK until early next year. It had previously been expected to roll out the UK version of its service next month. According to the newspaper, the company, which is seeking to land programming agreements with major UK...

Invitel Hungary Selects Espial MediaBase Servers for On-Demand Expansion

--Servers Powering VOD, nPVR and Timeshift-TV Services
Espial , the Canadian digital TV software company which last year bought US IPTV and video-on-demand technology provider, Kasenna (note: the deal valued Kasenna, which had raised $90 million in funding since its launch in 2000, at around $6.5 million), said Tuesday that triple-play provider, Invitel Hungary (note: the latter, which was previously called Vivendi Telecom, claims to be Hungary's second-largest service provider), has successfully launched--and is now expanding--on-demand services using Espial MediaBase VOD servers...

Brightcove Powers Broadband Video for Manchester City FC, STV

--Manchester City vs. Orlando Pirates Streamed Live Last Saturday
--Brightcove Alliance Partner, Goodmail, Enables Brightcove-Powered Video in Emails
Broadband video publishing solutions provider, Brightcove , contacted [itvt] last week to let us know that it is powering online video for UK Premier League soccer club Manchester City's new Web site ( mcfc.co.uk ). The club's video offerings are produced by Endemol Sport and its new Web site design and the site's video implementation were spearheaded by London-based creative agency, Poke, which is a member of Brightcove's Brightcove Alliance program (note: Brightcove bills the...

Faith & Family Entertainment Launches SVOD Service on Cox

Faith & Family Entertainment , a company that describes itself as "the leading producer of wholesome, Christian-themed movies and miniseries in Hollywood," announced Wednesday that it is launching a subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service with Cox Communications . According to the company, the new service, which will be priced at $6.99 per month and will be accessed through a dedicated "Faith and Family Movies" category on Cox's VOD platform, will offer subscribers 20 "faith-based, family-friendly" movies...

SeaChange Launches Universal Session Resource Manager

--Claims New Axiom on Demand Feature Guarantees "Anytime, Anyplace" Video QoS
VOD and advanced advertising technology provider, SeaChange International , on Wednesday announced the availability of a new universal session resource manager (uSRM), which it says will allow operators of managed networks to deliver the best possible video experience to consumers regardless of when they are watching or on what kind of device. The company says that the uSRM will allow operators to guarantee QoS across access, aggregation and edge networks for cable, IP and wireless...

Starz to Provide Premium Content for Comcast's On Demand Online Trial

--Trial is Part of "TV Everywhere" Initiative, Announced by Comcast and Time Warner Last Month
Comcast , the US's largest cable MSO, and premium programmer, Starz Entertainment (operates 16 premium movie channels, including its flagship Starz and Encore brands), announced last week that Starz will make a selection of its content available online to its subscribers who are also Comcast customers, under the auspices of the MSO's recently announced trial of a service called On Demand Online. On Demand Online was announced last month as part of an agreement between...

Virgin Media to Offer Universal Pictures' PictureBox VOD Service

UK cable operator, Virgin Media , and Universal Pictures announced Monday that the latter's subscription-based movies-on-demand service, PictureBox, will launch next month on Virgin Media's VOD platform. Priced at £5 per month, the service will offer 28 films--including recent releases and library titles--at any one time, with seven new titles added to its line-up every Friday. According to the companies, most of the films will be available in HD and many will not yet have...

Time Warner and Comcast Unveil "TV Everywhere" Principles

--Comcast to Begin National Technical Trial of "On Demand Online" Service
Time Warner announced Wednesday that it has partnered with Comcast to develop "broad principles" for the "TV Everywhere" model to guide the distribution of its television content online (note: the "TV Everywhere" model, which has long been championed by Time Warner and its chairman and CEO, Jeff Bewkes, seeks to make programming that pay-TV customers have already paid for through their cable, satellite or IPTV subscriptions available to those customers on multiple platforms, and thus...

UK's Channel 4 to Make its Back Catalog Available Online Free-of-Charge

--Will Add 4,000 Hours of Programming to its 4oD Video-on-Demand Service Next Month
UK newspaper, The Guardian, reported Sunday that UK terrestrial broadcaster, Channel 4 , is set to make its back catalog of programming available online free-of-charge. Starting next month, around 4,000 hours of the broadcaster's archived content (approximately 10,000 titles) will be available through its catch-up service, 4oD , which until now has offered programs for only 30 days after their broadcast, the newspaper said. Programs that will be available through the initiative include "Ali G,"...

SeaChange Reports Higher Revenues, Income

--Company's Fiscal Q1 Was Seventh Consecutive Quarter of Profitability
Video-on-demand, IPTV and digital advertising technology provider, SeaChange International, has released financial results for its fiscal first quarter (2010), ended April 30th: Combined revenues totaled $48.9 million, compared to $45.4 million for the year-ago quarter (an increase of 8%). Revenues from the company's software segment totaled $30.6 million, up $0.6 million from the year-ago quarter. The company said that the growth was driven by increased Comcast VOD software subscription revenue, as well as higher VOD...

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