Report: CBS, Disney Show Interest in Apple's Plans for Subscription-Based OTT Service

A report by Sam Schechner and Yukari Iwatani Kane in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal claims that Apple is planning to launch a subscription-based over-the-top-TV service , and that CBS and Disney are considering participating. The report, which cites unnamed sources "familiar with the matter" (note: Apple, CBS and Disney all apparently refused to comment), also claims that Apple is hoping to launch the service next year.

However, the service, which would presumably...

Free Preview Promotion for Disney Family Movies Subscription VOD Service to Run on Multiple MSO's

Disney-ABC Domestic Television says that it is teaming with Comcast, Charter, Cox, AT&T U-verse, Suddenlink and Verizon FiOS TV to offer what will be the first "free preview" promotion for its Disney Family Movies subscription VOD service (note: the latter offers classic and contemporary films and animated shorts from The Walt Disney Studios, with each title remaining in rotation for around a month and new movies added on a weekly basis). The free preview, which...

Netflix in Over-the-Top Video Deal with Disney-ABC Television Group

--Company Said to Be Planning to Launch Streaming Service on iPhone/iPod Touch and Nintendo Wii
Video rental company, Netflix , announced Monday that it has signed an agreement with Disney-ABC Television Group that will make several of the ABC broadcast network's most popular series available to be streamed instantly through Netflix's broadband video service. According to the company, the deal will allow Netflix subscribers to instantly stream the first five seasons of "Lost"; seasons four and five of "Desperate Housewives"; season five of "Grey's Anatomy"; and seasons one and two...

Hulu Begins Offering Disney-ABC Programming with Five Episodes of "Grey's Anatomy"

--Disney Purchased an Equity Stake in Hulu Earlier This Year
--Hulu Reported to Be Offering UK Broadcasters Equity Stakes in the UK Version of its Service
In a posting on its corporate blog, Monday, broadcast network-owned broadband video service, Hulu , announced that it has begun offering programming from ABC. The roll-out of ABC's programming on the service appears to be proceeding quite slowly: the only ABC programs currently available are five episodes of the primetime medical drama, " Grey's Anatomy ." According to Hulu's blog posting, the 'Grey's Anatomy' "videos posted on Hulu will mirror the episodes most recently aired...

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...

Disney to Take Equity Stake in Broadband Video Service, Hulu

--Deal Will Allow Hulu to Significantly Expand its Programming Line-Up
The Walt Disney Company announced Thursday that, via its ABC Enterprises subsidiary, it will join NBC Universal, News Corp. (Fox) and Providence Equity Partners as a joint venture partner in and equity owner of the popular broadband video service, Hulu. The deal means that CBS is now the only major US broadcast network not involved in Hulu, which, according to recent figures from comScore is now the third-most popular broadband video site after YouTube and...

[itvt] Radio Interview: 2008 Interactive Media Emmy Winners

At its annual Creative Arts awards ceremony in Los Angeles last
Saturday, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the
winners of the 2008 Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding
Creative Achievement in Interactive Media. This year, the awards
recognized creative achievement in two areas of interactive media
endeavor: Fiction and Nonfiction: The winner of the 2008 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding