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Time Warner Cable to Use TVN Entertainment's VOD Distribution Service

Video-on-demand distribution services provider, TVN Entertainment (note: the company recently announced a merger with Avail Media--see article published on itvt.com, May 19th), announced Wednesday that it has signed a long-term agreement with the US's second-largest cable MSO, Time Warner Cable , that will see the latter using the TVN VOD platform in support of its VOD initiatives. Under the terms of the companies' deal, TVN will provide the MSO with VOD content delivery services and...

Brightcove in Deal to Power Broadband Video for Philly.com

Broadband video publishing solutions provider, Brightcove , has secured another deal to power video on a newspaper company's Web site (note: the company's platform is also used by the New York Times and the Washington Post in the US; the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian in the UK; La Vanguardia in Spain; and 60 regional newspapers in Germany): the company announced Monday that Philly.com , the Web portal for the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia...

TVN in VOD Advertising Deals with This Technology, BlackArrow

Video-on-demand distribution services provider, TVN (note: the company recently announced that it would merge with Avail Media-- see article posted on itvt.com, May 19th ), and This Technology, a provider of dynamic metadata and advertising supply management software for digital TV, will today announce an integrated solution that they say will provide advanced advertising content and advertising supply management for delivered VOD assets. According to the companies, the combination of their respective solutions will enable...

BBC Reported to Be in Talks to Offer iPlayer Video-on-Demand Service on YouTube

--Service Would Be Available Internationally
UK newspaper, the Daily Telegraph, citing "sources close to the negotiations," reports that BBC director general, Mark Thompson, is in talks with Google chairman and CEO, Eric Schmidt, about launching an international version of the BBC's online VOD catch-up service, the BBC iPlayer (allows viewers to watch BBC shows for up to a week after their linear-TV broadcast), that would be "supported in some way" by YouTube and that could be accessed internationally (note: the...

Hulu Showcases Downloadable Hulu Desktop Application and Other Beta Apps in New "Hulu Labs" Area

--boxee CEO, Avner Ronen, Asks Hulu to Remove "Misleading Message" from the Desktop App
In a posting on its corporate blog, Thursday, 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), announced the launch of a new "Hulu Labs" area on its Web site, which it says will provide "sneak peeks" at upcoming releases from its product roadmap, "some of which are personal projects...

Over-the-Top-TV Specialist, AnySource Media, in Deal to Distribute VOD from 13 Niche Networks

--Recently Announced Deals with TheStreet.com, Break.com, Revision3, Next New Networks
AnySource Media , a company that offers an over-the-top-TV platform, called Connected HDTV, which it says will be embedded in certain new HDTV sets later this year (note: the company has not yet announced any partnerships with TV manufacturers) and will allow viewers to access hundreds of "virtual" on-demand channels, announced Wednesday that it has signed an agreement with affiliate rights aggregator, PathFinder World Video, to distribute video-on-demand content from 13 of the latter's ethnic...

BBC, ITV, Channel 4 Agree to Five-Year Ban on Project Kangaroo-Type VOD Ventures

--Orange Decides against Purchasing Project Kangaroo's Technology Infrastructure
The Competition Commission --an independent public body which investigates mergers, markets and regulated industries at the UK government's behest, and which in February nixed Project Kangaroo , a joint video-on-demand venture between the BBC's BBC Worldwide arm, ITV and Channel 4, on the grounds that it would result in a "substantial lessening of competition in the supply of UK TV VOD content at the wholesale and retail levels"--published Friday drafts of "undertakings" that each of...

Netflix Launches on Microsoft Windows Media Center

Microsoft announced Wednesday that movie rental company, Netflix , has launched its streaming service on the Windows Media Center platform (which, while formerly a standalone OS, is now part of Windows Vista Home Premium and Ultimate). The service offers around 12,000 movies and TV episodes. Microsoft--which is billing the launch of the service on Windows Media Center as meaning that "consumers no longer need to jump from Web site to Web site to find" the...

Hulu Reported to Be Planning to Launch its Service in the UK This September

--Negotiations with ITV, Channel 4 Said to Be on Hold, Due to Disagreements over Advertising
UK newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, reported Wednesday that 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), is hoping to launch in the UK in September with terrestrial broadcasters, ITV and Channel 4, as its main in-country content partners. According to what the Telegraph describes as "senior sources" close to...

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...

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