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NDS in Deal to Power Push-VOD in China

Interactive TV and conditional access technology provider, NDS, announced Monday evening that DOXTV, a Chinese TV service provider that focuses on distributing international movies and television shows, has selected an end-to-end suite of NDS technologies to power its new push-VOD service. According to the terms of a deal that NDS describes as "the first agreement of its kind in China," DOXTV is using NDS's VideoGuard conditional access technology, its MediaHighway middleware, and its XTV DVR...

PBS Launches a Broadband Video Portal

US public broadcaster, PBS, announced Wednesday the beta launch of a new PBS Video Portal (pbs.org/video) that features on-demand full-length PBS programs in multiple genres, as well as content from local PBS stations--all viewable through what the broadcaster describes as a "state-of-the-art" player. PBS says that the portal will eventually also offer feature-length films and documentaries, as well as live events and performances. According to PBS, the portal, which will be monetized through banner ads,...

TVN to Offer Eight 2009 Oscar-Winning or Nominated Films on VOD

VOD distribution services provider, TVN Entertainment, announced Wednesday that it is releasing eight 2009 Academy Award-winning or nominated films on VOD, starting April 21st through the beginning of June. The films are "Frost/Nixon" (day and date with its DVD release, and in both HD and SD) and "The Wrestler," which were released April 21st; "Rachel Getting Married," which will be released April 24th; "Slumdog Millionaire," which will be released April 29th (in both HD and...

Amazon Video On Demand Begins Offering HD Movies and TV Episodes

--Content can be Viewed on Roku, TiVo, Sony and Panasonic OTT Devices
Amazon.com announced Tuesday that it is now offering HD versions of current TV shows and movies on its Amazon Video On Demand service. At launch, around 500 HD programs and movies (programs include "Californication," "The Tudors," "Smallville" and "Gossip Girl" and movies include "Frost/Nixon," "Twilight," and "Yes Man") are available on the service, from such content providers as Warner Bros. Entertainment, Sony Pictures, Paramount Pictures, MGM Studios, Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Showtime Networks. Amazon.com...

Deutsche Telekom's T-Home Taps emuse for VOD Promotion Application

Dublin, Ireland-based interactive TV authoring solutions provider, emuse, has been tapped by T-Home, the Microsoft Mediaroom-powered IPTV service of German incumbent telco, Deutsche Telekom, to develop a 24/7 application, called Videoload Presenter Entertain Inside, that offers subscribers VOD content recommendations, trailers, reviews and promos. According to the companies, the application provides subscribers with an improved experience when browsing and purchasing VOD content, and also enables new marketing and promotion opportunities to increase the uptake of...

TVN in VOD Services Deal with A&E Television Networks

--Company Trumpets Success of its "Watch to Win" VOD Promotion VOD distribution services provider, TVN Entertainment, has signed a comprehensive VOD services deal with A&E Television Networks (AETN). According to the companies, the deal calls for TVN to support all of AETN's VOD initiatives, including distribution of SD and HD content; and gives AETN access to TVN's various VOD tools, including TVNow, its fast-turnaround service for time-sensitive programming, ADONISS, its asset-management system, and iPRI, a...

ffwd Launches Web Video Service Featuring "Personal Adaptive Channels"

At the DEMOfall08 conference in San Diego earlier this month, a start- up called ffwd beta-launched its broadband video service, which originally launched in private beta last November. The company bills the service as offering a "radically simple way to navigate the video Web, an expansive digital television experience, and a media service that reflects your lifestream." According to ffwd, the service provides end-users with "personalized adaptive channels" of videos from around the Web: each...

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