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SeaChange-Owned On Demand Group in Deal to Bring HBO Programs to 3 UK's Mobile SVOD Service

On Demand Group (ODG) , the London-based VOD content-aggregation-and-management subsidiary of SeaChange International, said Monday that it has signed a deal with premium programmer, HBO , to provide full episodes of the latter's shows on mobile carrier 3UK's new subscription VOD service, TV: On Demand. Shows covered by the deal include "The Sopranos," "Sex and the City," "Entourage," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," and "Flight of the Conchords."

TV: On Demand, which supports such...

Rentrak: VOD Viewers Spent over 3.1 Billion Hours Watching On-Demand Content Last Year

--In an Average Month, 45% of Enabled Set-Tops are Accessing VOD, Company Says
Multiscreen media measurement and research company, Rentrak , has published the "Rentrak State of VOD: Trend Report 2009." According to the company, the report encompasses industry-wide performance data for all of 2009, and is based on the aggregation of data from its OnDemand Essentials service, which it claims tracks 70 million set-top boxes across 33 operators for more than 100 content providers.

For the first time, according to Rentrak, cumulative reach curves...

Time Warner, Verizon FiOS TV in "TV Everywhere" Partnership

--Univision to Offer Free, Live Online Streaming Coverage of All 64 FIFA World Cup Matches
Time Warner and Verizon announced Wednesday that they are partnering on a TV Everywhere initiative that will make a range of Time Warner's cable programming available online to Verizon FiOS TV subscribers. (Note: the TV Everywhere distribution model--which was originally championed by Time Warner's chairman and CEO, Jeff Bewkes--seeks, via authentication technology, to make programming that pay-TV customers have already paid for through their cable, satellite or IPTV subscriptions available to those customers on multiple...

News Round-Up (II)

--Report: Blockbuster to Release "Blockbuster Everywhere" API
--Boxee Updates its Platform, Adds More Content Apps
--Bravo Organizes Social TV Event around "Real Housewives" Premiere
--Cablevision Begins Deploying RS-DVR
--Cisco Powering 3D VOD for French Cable Operator, Numericable
The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, so we are covering most stories in round-up/summary form, and we anticipate that there will be some additional interruptions of our regular news publishing schedule beyond that. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. Struggling video rental chain, Blockbuster , is set to release an API called "Blockbuster Everywhere," that is designed to deliver films, reviews and real-time inventory to set-top boxes,...

News Round-Up (III)

--Hulu Abandons Plans for UK Version of its Service
--iN Demand Appoints CTO
--Kaltura Powers Live Video, VOD of Earth Day Rally
--KIT Digital Closes $55 Million Equity Offering
--Latens Powers Remote DVR Service for Altibox
The [itvt] editorial team will be on the road this week and next, so we will be covering most stories in round-up/summary form, and we anticipate that there will be some additional interruptions of our regular news publishing schedule beyond that. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. Hulu has abandoned plans to launch a UK version of its service--at least for the time being--after talks with major UK broadcasters have collapsed,...

News Round-Up (VII)

--Clearleap, itaas Develop EBIF App for Continuous, Lean-Back Viewing of Short-Form VOD
--Ustream Launches in Japan
--Verizon Adds YouTube Access, Internet Radio to FiOS TV, Extends Media Manager to All HD Subs
--Virgin Media Launches Online VOD Service, "Virgin Media Online Movies"
--Vidiactive Launches Social TV Platform
The [itvt] editorial team will be on the road this week and next, so we will be covering most stories in round-up/summary form, and we anticipate that there will be some additional interruptions of our regular news publishing schedule beyond that. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. Clearleap , an Atlanta-based company which offers a technology platform for bringing Internet-sourced video content to television sets, has announced that it has partnered...

News Round-Up: Broadband TV and OTT

--"Interactive Episodes" of "Doctor Who" Reviewed (Video)
--Hulu to Begin Testing Subscription-Based Service Next Month
--NCAA in 14-Year, $10.8 Billion "March Madness" Deal
--Revision3 Launches Interactive TV Cooking Show
--Roku Begins Offering NBA Game Time
--Vudu Offering "Avatar" with Extras, 28 Days before Netflix
--YouTube Quietly Expands its Movie Rental Line-Up
The [itvt] editorial team will be on the road this week and next, so we will be covering most stories in round-up/summary form, and we anticipate that there will be some additional interruptions of our regular news publishing schedule beyond that. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. Here is a round-up of interactive TV-related news pertaining primarily to the broadband TV/OTT space : Earlier this month (see the article published on...

News Round-Up

--Tribeca Film Festival Launches CMC-Powered VOD and KIT Digital-Powered Online Video Services
--Comcast Launches "Independent Movie Club" on Fancast.com
--Starz Offering Sneak Previews of "Gravity" on Free VOD, Online
--Verizon Revamps its My Verizon Portal
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: The Tribeca Film Festival has tapped KIT Digital to power Tribeca Film Festival Virtual (TFF Virtual), which it describes as "a virtual and interactive movie experience featuring high-definition premium video content and live streaming coverage from the 2010 Festival." The free service will provide live streaming video coverage of select red carpet events, the event's...

Multiplatform Premium Programming Service, Epix, Secures Carriage Deal with DISH Network

--Says Deal Means Service Will Be Available to 30 Million Homes by Next Month
Epix , a subscription-based multiplatform (linear, VOD, online) premium programming service which is a joint venture between Viacom, its Paramount Pictures arm, MGM and Lionsgate and which has previously announced carriage deals with Verizon FiOS TV, Cox, Charter, Mediacom and the NCTC, said Monday that it has now secured a carriage deal with DISH Network , giving it access to an additional 14.1 million potential customers. The new deal, which will see Epix launching on...

News Round-Up: Broadband Video and OTT

--NBA Digital to Offer Extensive Cross-Platform Coverage of 2010 All-Star Weekend
--Netflix in Streaming Deals with Multiple Indie Film Distributors
--The Grammys Channel Launches on Vevo
--SmugMug Photos, DreamTV Launch on Roku
--Obama Stresses Support for Network Neutrality in YouTube Interview
--Sungale Redesigns its Kula TV OTT Device
Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show (March 3rd-4th in San Francisco) and on our new EBIF Intensive event (March 5th in San Francisco) , we will be covering most stories in summary/round-up form over the next few weeks. Here is a round-up of the latest broadband video and over-the-top (OTT) news: NBA Digital , the new media arm of the National Basketball Association (NBA), has announced its...

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