Guitar World Magazine in VOD Content Partnership with Concert.TV

--Report: Sony Set to Launch Online/OTT VOD Service, Qriocity
Concert.TV , a free VOD service which is devoted to live music performances, music documentaries and music "lifestyle" programming and which is carried by Comcast, Cox, Charter, Verizon FiOS TV, Insight, DISH Network and DirecTV (giving it a reach of approximately 30 million homes), on Monday announced a media content partnership with Guitar World magazine . According to Concert.TV, as a result of the deal, new content from Guitar World's "vast" video archive will appear...

Warner Music Group in Deal with Hulu

Warner Music Group on Tuesday announced a deal with Hulu , the free, ad-supported broadband video venture co-owned by The Walt Disney Company (ABC), NBC Universal and News Corp. (Fox). According to the company, the deal--which follows a deal between Hulu and EMI Music that was announced last month ( see the article published on, November 18th )--will see it providing Hulu with music videos, artist interviews, live concert coverage and behind-the-scenes footage from...

BBC Unveils its Red-Button Interactive TV Schedule for Christmas and New Year

--Highlights Include "Doctor Who" Commentary, Bon Jovi Performance, Elton John Interview
The BBC has announced the line-up of content that will be available through its red-button interactive TV service over Christmas and into the new year: Starting at 9:30AM on December 24th, during BBC One's airing of the animated "Doctor Who" special, "Dreamland" (which premiered under the red button--see the article published on, November 12th), and starting at 7:00PM on December 27th and January 3rd, during BBC Three's re-broadcast of the two-part "Doctor Who" special,...

Clearleap in Deal to Bring Break Media's Online Videos to Cable and IPTV VOD Systems

--VOD Round-Up: Karaoke Channel, Police Blotter, Comcast's 100th Day-and-Date Movie, Ofcom
Clearleap , an Atlanta-based company which offers a technology platform for bringing Internet-sourced video content to television sets, announced last week that it has signed a deal with Break Media , the company that operates, an entertainment Web site which targets a male demographic, to bring the latter's broadband video content to the TV screen. According to the companies, their partnership will enable to dynamically deliver a portion of its video library to...

Comcast in "Exclusive" VOD Partnership with Shakira

--VOD Round-Up: HDNet on FiOS TV, Oasis TV on Cox and Charter, Ski Channel on RCN
Comcast announced Monday that it will today (Tuesday) launch an HD VOD collection showcasing music videos, biographical footage and live performances from Shakira , thanks to an exclusive partnership with the Colombian singer (note: the MSO also recently launched a similar exclusive HD VOD collection featuring singer, Taylor Swift-- see the article published on, December 3rd ).

Content that will be available in the collection (which will be accessed by selecting...

UN TV Launches on Broadband Video News Service, Livestation

--YouTube- and Record Label-Backed Music Video Venture, Vevo, Launches
Livestation , a UK-based company that streams live news from a range of international sources via browser and desktop player solutions (note: the company recently announced the launch of version 3.0 of its desktop software-- see the article published on, November 24th ), contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know that UN TV , the official TV channel of the United Nations, is now available on its service.

UNTV's content line-up...

Immersive Media Powers 360-Degree Interactive Video for CBC/Radio Canada and MTV Networks

Immersive Media --a company which has developed a patented technology, dubbed IM LIVE, that enables viewer-controlled, 360-degree, live, full-motion, interactive video experiences (note: the experience of watching video powered by the technology is akin to watching a video version of Google Street View), and which recently announced a deployment of the technology with Canada's MuchMusic ( see the article published on, November 9th )--last week announced deployments with CBC/Radio-Canada and with MTV Networks ...

Ustream Launches Live, Interactive Celebrity-Driven Reality Series, "Ustream All Access"

--Featured Celebs Include, Snoop Dogg
Live Internet broadcast service provider, Ustream , contacted [itvt] Monday to let us know that rapper Snoop Dogg will be featured today (Tuesday afternoon, Pacific Time) in the second episode of a new, live, interactive reality series, entitled "Ustream All Access." The series, which is billed as giving online viewers a "live peek into the daily lives of celebrities," premiered December 1st with a live stream featuring Black Eyed Peas frontman,, backstage at the...

Virgin Media Appoints Chellomedia Veteran as Director of On-Demand TV

--Music Choice Appoints Director of Content, Tasks her with Integrating More UGC into its Offerings
UK cable operator, Virgin Media , last week announced that it has appointed Aleks Habdank to the newly created position of director of on-demand television services. Habdank, who will start in his new position in the New Year and who will be tasked with the commercial management of Virgin Media's VOD service, joins the company from Chellomedia where he was general manager of Chello On Demand and where, according to Virgin Media, he was "a...

Clikthrough in Interactive Video Partnership with Japanese Media/Recording Company, Avex Marketing

--Deal Kicks Off with Clikthrough Powering Interactive Video for Misako Sakazume's Latest Single
San Francisco-based interactive video and video analytics company, Clikthrough (note: for some background on the company, see the article published on, July 20th ), said Tuesday that it has signed a partnership agreement with Japanese media and recording company, Avex Marketing .

Initially, the partnership with the Japanese company--which, according to Clikthrough, produces, records and represents some of Japan's biggest "J-Pop" stars--sees Clikthrough powering an interactive video site (