Sonic Solutions to Launch Version 2.0 of Roxio CinemaNow at CES

--Incorporates Support for HD, 3D, Enhanced Storefronts, and Blu-ray-Style Interactivity
Sonic Solutions , the digital media company that in 2008 acquired the pioneering broadband VOD service/platform, CinemaNow (it subsequently added "Roxio" to the service's name in order to make its branding consistent with its other products), announced Monday that it is launching version 2.0 of Roxio CinemaNow at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. According to the company, the new version, which it will be demo'ing by invitation in the Renaissance Hotel's...

EroticVision.TV Launches OTT Adult Entertainment Service on Roku

An adult entertainment company called EroticVision.TV (EVTV) has announced the launch of an over-the-top-TV service for the Roku platform, and says that it is currently developing similar services for other connected TV devices and platforms. At launch, the service features SD and HD content from fetish/BDSM Web site,, though it is expected to offer access to other broadband video pornography sites over time.

According to EroticVision.TV's press materials, in order to...

Charter Launches VOD Reminder Service, Claims Record Usage of its VOD Platform

--Hannover House in Multiple VOD Deals, Verizon FiOS TV Releases List of Top-10 VOD Movies
--BBC iPlayer Continues to Perform Strongly
Cable MSO, Charter Communications , has launched an " on-demand reminder service " that sends customers text or email reminders, alerting them to new movie releases, events and premieres available on its VOD platform. Customers can register to receive the reminders, which are based on both title and category searches, at .

Charter also claims that its VOD service--which launched nine years a go and which it claims offers around 6,000...

Rogers Beta-Launches Rogers On Demand Online, Its Initial Implementation of "TV Everywhere"

Canadian cable operator, Rogers Communications , on Monday announced the widespread availability of the beta version of Rogers On Demand Online , its initial implementation of the so-called "TV Everywhere" distribution model (note: the "TV Everywhere" distribution model 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 Web sites and platforms, and thus aims to head off...

iN DEMAND Trumpets Movies-on-Demand Line-Up for December

--Eight Movies to Be Available on Cable VOD Day-and-Date with DVD Release
Cable industry-owned VOD content aggregator, iN Demand , contacted [itvt] Monday to let us know that it will be distributing first-run movies representing over a billion dollars in domestic box office to cable VOD systems in December--which it says is a record. According to the company, eight of the 14 titles it is making available on-demand that month will be day-and-date with their DVD release. The 14 titles are: "Terminator Salvation," which premieres December 1st...

News Round-Up

--Apple Said to Be Pitching Subscription-Based OTT Service to Programmers
--Cisco Acquires Set-Top Box Business of China's DVN
--DISH Asks Appeals Court to Let It Offer DVR Service
--iN Demand: November to Be a Record Month for Day-&-Date VOD Movies
--Interactive "World of Warcraft" Machinima Uses YouTube Annotations
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: According to a report by All Things Digital's Peter Kafka, "multiple sources" are telling him that Apple is "trying to round up support for a monthly subscription service that would deliver TV programs via its multimedia software." The service would be an extension of Apple's iTunes software and store, Kafka writes. However, while "Apple has told industry...

ZillionTV Secures Content Deal with Lionsgate

--Lionsgate Titles to Be Available via Pay-Per-View, EST, Ad-Supported VOD
ZillionTV , a company that is attempting to launch a subscription-free IPTV/OTT service (note: the company recently replaced founding CEO, Mitch Berman, with Jack Lawrence, who was previously CFO and COO at toymaker, Corgi International; shortly prior to that, it announced that it was delaying its commercial launch until the second half of next year, and that it was pursuing a direct-to-consumer strategy to supplement its telco-targeted strategy; it was subsequently reported to have laid...

Best Buy in Over-the-Top Deal with Netflix

--Netflix Streaming Service Available on Two New Insignia-Branded Blu-ray Disc Players
Electronics retailer, Best Buy , and video rental company, Netflix , on Tuesday announced the availability of two new Blu-ray Disc Players, marketed under Best Buy's own Insignia brand, that allow Netflix members to instantly watch movies and TV episodes from that service over-the-top on their TV sets. The players--the Insignia Advanced Series Blu-ray Player (NS-WBRDVD) and the Insignia Connected Blu-ray Player (NS-BRDVD3)--are priced at $249.99 and $179.99 respectively and are available both in Best...

Sonic Solutions in OTT Deal to Offer Roxio CinemaNow on Funai-Manufactured TV's and BD Players

--Deal Covers New, Connected Devices from Sylvania, Philips, Magnavox, Emerson
--Revision3 to Launch Channel on Roku Player
Sonic Solutions , the digital media company that last year acquired the pioneering broadband VOD service, CinemaNow (it subsequently added "Roxio" to the service's name in order to make its branding consistent with its other products), announced last week that it has secured a deal with Japanese consumer electronics manufacturer, Funai Electric , to provide the Roxio CinemaNow service on multiple soon-to-be-released connected HDTV's and Blu-ray Disc players. According to the company, the deal will...

Lifetime Movie Network Lets Viewers Choose Movies for Friday Night Slots

Lifetime Movie Network, which claims to be the number-two-rated women's channel in the US after its sister channel, Lifetime Television , announced Monday an interactive promotion, called "Pick-A-Flick Fridays," under which viewers will help decide which film it airs in the Friday 8:00PM and 10:00PM Eastern slots. Viewers interested in participating can cast their vote at for the movie they would like to see airing the following Friday. They are presented with five choices,...