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CEO Wood: Content Subscriptions More Important to Roku's Business Plan than Hardware Sales

--Roku Claims to Have Sold 500k+ Units, Plans to Raise $30 Mil this Quarter, May Go Public Next Year
--48% of Netflix Subscribers Now Accessing its Content OTT
In an interview with Bloomberg News that was published Wednesday, Anthony Wood , CEO of over-the-top company, Roku , revealed that the company hopes to raise $30 million in private funding this quarter from Menlo Ventures and other sources, and that it may go public next year--though he added that it is not currently working with an investment bank and has yet to set a date for an IPO. He also stated that the company...

iN Demand to Offer Movies-on-Demand Category Dedicated to Black History Month

Cable industry-owned VOD content aggregator, iN Demand , announced Wednesday that on February 1st it will launch a new movies-on-demand category, designed to celebrate Black History Month. Dubbed Black Cinema On Demand, the category will offer films featuring African-American directors, actors and themes.

According to iN Demand, the new category will offer such movies as Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" and "Malcolm X"; Steven Spielberg's "The Color Purple" and "Amistad"; Edward...

YouTube Launches "Experimental" HTML5 Video Player, New Rental Program

--Rental Program Kicks Off This Friday with Five Movies from the Sundance Film Festival
In a posting on its corporate blog, Wednesday afternoon, YouTube announced that it is introducing an "experimental version" of an HTML5-based video player . YouTube recently used its blog to canvas users on what kinds of new features they would like to see on its video sharing service, and, according to the company, the "number one request was that YouTube do more with HTML5." HTML5 is "a new Web standard that is gaining popularity rapidly...

AT&T Launches "Film Awards Interactive" Application for U-verse TV, iPhone/iPod touch

--Singapore's StarHub Launches Interactive TV Movie Ticketing App on its OpenTV-Powered Platform
--DirecTV, ESPN Offering Interactive TV App for Australian Open
AT&T has launched an interactive application, called Film Awards Interactive , for the iPhone/iPod touch and for its Microsoft Mediaroom-powered IPTV platform, U-verse TV. According to AT&T, among other things, the free app lets consumers use their remote control or their iPhone/iPod touch screen to: access a list of films nominated for this season's film award shows; view trailers for nominated films; read bios; watch previews and trailers; vote for their favorite award-nominated films, actors...

Turner Classic Movies Launches App for iPhone/iPod touch, BlackBerry, Android

--Qik Upgrades Its Recently Launched Qik VideoCamera iPhone/iPod touch App
--Report: Netflix on iPhone Later this Year
--Verizon FiOS TV Launches Remote Scheduling App for Android
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) last week announced the launch of a new mobile phone application that will initially be available for i Phone/iPod touch, BlackBerry and Android handheld devices, and that the company says will subsequently support "dozens" of additional handhelds. "The TCM mobile device application is the ultimate mobile experience for classic film fans and is an important part of our strategy to solidify TCM's position as a lifestyle brand," Dennis Adamovich, TCM's SVP...

Comcast, HBO Partner to Promote New WWII Miniseries, "The Pacific," via VOD

--Sony Pictures Television in VOD Deal with Voddler
MSO Comcast and premium programmer HBO last week announced a partnership that will see the companies promoting HBO's new World War II-themed miniseries, "The Pacific," to Comcast digital subscribers via a range of supplemental VOD content. (Note: the 10-hour miniseries, which will premiere March 14th and which was executive produced by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Gary Goetzman, the team behind the 2001 HBO miniseries, "Band of Brothers," follows the intertwined war experiences of three...

Epix in Multiplatform Distribution Deal with Mediacom

--Has Previously Secured Distribution with Verizon FiOS TV, Cox Communications
Just a few days after announcing a similar deal with the US's third-largest cable operator, Cox Communications ( see the article published on itvt.com, January 11th ), Epix --a multiplatform premium programming service which is a joint venture between Viacom, its Paramount Pictures arm, MGM and Lionsgate and which has exclusive access to Paramount, Paramount Vantage MTV and Nickelodeon movies released theatrically on or after January 1st, 2008, and to MGM, United Artists and Lionsgate...

Netflix to Offer Streaming Video on the Nintendo Wii

Netflix is set to announce today that its streaming video service will launch on the Nintendo Wii games console this spring, providing it with distribution in a potential 26 million additional US homes (note: the Wii is currently the most popular games console in the US). The company has previously secured distribution deals for the service through the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 games consoles, as well as through Roku OTT set-tops, TiVo...

iN Demand Trumpets VOD Line-Up for January

--11 of 17 New Movies to Be Offered Day-and-Date
Cable industry-owned VOD content aggregator, iN Demand , contacted [itvt] Monday to share with us the list of first-run movies it is premiering on VOD platforms this month. According to the company, 11 of the 17 first-run titles it is making available will be offered day-and-date with their DVD release. The 17 titles are: "The Final Destination," which premiered January 5th (day-and-date). "Adam," which premiered January 5th (day-and-date). "Public Enemies," which premiered January 6th. "The...

Epix in Multiplatform Distribution Deal with Cox Communications

--Deal is Epix's Second with an MSO
Epix --a multiplatform premium programming service which is a joint venture between Viacom, its Paramount Pictures arm, MGM and Lionsgate and which has exclusive access to Paramount, Paramount Vantage MTV and Nickelodeon movies released theatrically on or after January 1st, 2008, and to MGM, United Artists and Lionsgate titles released theatrically on or after January 1st, 2009--announced Monday that it has secured a multiplatform (linear, on-demand and online) distribution agreement with cable MSO, Cox Communications...

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