On Demand

Video Views on ITV.com Up 528%, Thanks to Susan Boyle and "Britain's Got Talent"

UK commercial terrestrial broadcaster, ITV (note: the name is an acronym for Independent Television Network), said Monday that its broadband video-enabled Web site, ITV.com, enjoyed its best-ever monthly performance in May--due in large part to the success of the FremantleMedia show, " Britain's Got Talent ," from which amateur singer, Susan Boyle, sprung to viral video fame. According to ITV, total video views on ITV.com were up 528% year-on-year; and on Sunday May 31st, following...

TNA Wrestling Launches Broadband Video-on-Demand Service

Wrestling promoter, Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling , announced Thursday that it has launched an online video-on-demand service, called TNA Video Vault, that offers coverage of TNA pay-per-view events and specialty features (200 hours of programming in all), and that will soon offer exclusive, original programming. "TNA Video Vault is a ground-breaking product for a home video studio, a cornerstone in our commitment to digital distribution, and an incredible destination for fans of pro wrestling,"...

Hulu Signs Three Deals for Non-US Programming, Confirms Plans to Launch Internationally

Hulu , the broadband video venture co-owned by NBC, Fox, and ABC/Disney (note: for more on Disney's recent acquisition of an equity stake in the venture, see the article posted on itvt.com April 30th), has signed deals with three non-US content providers: Digital Rights Group (which will provide it with a line-up of British comedies, including "Doc Martin," "Green Wing" and "Peep Show"), Endemol (which will provide it with reality series such as "I want...

PBS Launches a Broadband Video Portal

US public broadcaster, PBS, announced Wednesday the beta launch of a new PBS Video Portal (pbs.org/video) that features on-demand full-length PBS programs in multiple genres, as well as content from local PBS stations--all viewable through what the broadcaster describes as a "state-of-the-art" player. PBS says that the portal will eventually also offer feature-length films and documentaries, as well as live events and performances. According to PBS, the portal, which will be monetized through banner ads,...

SeaChange's On Demand Group in New VOD Deal with Virgin Media

VOD technology provider, SeaChange International, said Wednesday that its content-services subsidiary, On Demand Group (ODG), has signed a new four-year contract to provide content management services for UK cable operator Virgin Media's VOD service. ODG has been providing content management services--including rights management, editorial service management, promo production, encoding, metadata generation and content preparation--for the service since the latter's launch in February, 2007. The company says that its VZ VOD Content Management System, combined with...

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