movies

RCN Launches The Jewish Channel on its VOD Platform

--iN DEMAND Trumpets Day-and-Date VOD Releases
--Fox Reality Channel to Premiere New Series on VOD
Overbuilder/triple-play provider, RCN , has launched The Jewish Channel on its VOD platform. "We are extremely pleased to have The Jewish Channel made available to RCN's subscribers," The Jewish Channel CEO, Elie Singer, said in a prepared statement. "RCN consumers reflect the diversity that has made this country great, and Jewish subscribers are clearly an important part of RCN's subscriber base. We're pleased that RCN has expanded its rich offering to include the wonderful movies,...

BT Vision in VOD Movies Deal with Sony Pictures Television

--BT Vision CEO Says He Expects to Offer Sky Sports Premier League Soccer by 2010
UK incumbent telco BT announced Monday that it has signed an agreement with Sony Pictures Television that will give BT Vision, its Microsoft Mediaroom-powered, interactive TV-enabled hybrid IPTV service (note: the service is enabled via a hybrid set-top box that allows viewers to access linear channels from the UK's free-to-air digital terrestrial platform, Freeview, alongside IP-delivered on-demand and interactive content), VOD rights to a range of the latter's new-release and library movies. Recently released movies...

Broadcast Transmission Company, Arqiva, Acquires Project Kangaroo Platform Assets

--Plans to Launch VOD Service in Coming Months
Broadcast transmission company, Arqiva (note: the company owns and operates two of the UK's six digital terrestrial TV multiplexes, and is currently in the running to acquire a third), announced last week that it has agreed to acquire the platform assets of Project Kangaroo , the VOD platform developed by UKVOD, a joint venture between the BBC's commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, and terrestrial broadcasters, ITV and Channel 4. The deal--which is believed to value the...

Starz Entertainment Taps Avail-TVN as "Preferred" VOD Distributor

Avail-TVN --the company formed earlier this month from the merger of VOD distribution services provider, TVN Entertainment, and Avail Media, a provider of managed content aggregation services for smaller IPTV operators ( see article published on itvt.com, July 15th )--announced Tuesday that it has signed a long-term VOD services deal with premium programming provider, Starz Entertainment , that designates it as the latter's "preferred" VOD distributor. Starz is a long-time TVN customer. According to Avail-TVN,...

ROK's Mobile TV Service Now Available on BlackBerry Smartphones

UK-based mobile technologies, applications and services company, ROK Entertainment (note: the company was co-founded by John Paul DeJoria, the colorful chairman and CEO of Paul Mitchell, famous for his homeless-to-billionaire lifestory), said Tuesday that its streamed mobile TV service, ROK TV, is now compatible with the latest BlackBerry smartphones. "This is great news for ROK and represents huge potential for the continued deployment of ROK TV, as BlackBerry users tend to be tech-savvy and hungry...

Children's Programmer, qubo, to Broadcast User-Generated Animations

--Animations Developed Using zinc Roe's "Zimmer Twins" Application
Children's programmer, qubo , will this Thursday begin airing user-generated animated short films on its own channel, as well as on its broadcast blocks on ION Television, NBC and Telemundo. The films were developed under the auspices of a promotion called quboPic that invited viewers to log onto qubo.com to create short animations using a storytelling Web application, called "Zimmer Twins," that was developed by zinc Roe design , a company that specializes in Flash...

O2 Teams with Pearl & Dean to Offer Interactive 3D Game in UK Movie Theaters

--Game Lets Audience Control the Action by Waving their Hands
UK-based wireless mobile operator, O2 , announced Tuesday that it is teaming with movie-theater advertising company, Pearl & Dean , to bring an interactive 3D game, called "Asteroid Storm," to 20 Vue movie theaters across the UK this summer. According to the company, the game will "take families on a big-screen adventure that they can control from their seats" and represents the first time that movie-goers in the UK will be able to play and...

Virgin Media to Offer Universal Pictures' PictureBox VOD Service

UK cable operator, Virgin Media , and Universal Pictures announced Monday that the latter's subscription-based movies-on-demand service, PictureBox, will launch next month on Virgin Media's VOD platform. Priced at £5 per month, the service will offer 28 films--including recent releases and library titles--at any one time, with seven new titles added to its line-up every Friday. According to the companies, most of the films will be available in HD and many will not yet have...

Fujisoft Taps Sonic Solutions for Nintendo Wii VOD Service

Sonic Solutions announced Thursday that it is partnering with Fujisoft to deliver content from its Roxio CinemaNow broadband video-on-demand service to the Nintendo Wii game console (note: Sonic acquired the CinemaNow service last November and subsequently added the name "Roxio" to its branding). The content--initially comprised of new releases and library titles from Paramount Pictures--will be offered under the auspices of Minna no Theater Wii ("Everyone's Theater Wii"), a Fujisoft VOD service for the Japanese...

Brightcove Powers Syndicated Player Initiative for UK Broadcaster, Five

--JS-Kit Integrates Ability for Users to Post Comments into Standard Brightcove Player
Broadband video publishing solutions provider, Brightcove , and UK commercial terrestrial broadcaster, Five, announced an initiative, Monday, that they say will allow Five's viewers to embed ad-supported full episodes of their favorite TV shows on their Web sites, social network profiles and blogs. The initiative makes Five the first UK broadcaster to syndicate full episodes of popular programs for catch-up viewing on third-party Web sites, the companies say. Five claims that the initiative will enable...

Pages