News Round-Up

--Brightcove Names Paul Goetz SVP of Sales for North America
--"Doctor Who" Breaks iPlayer Record
--Sigma Designs Announces Major Corporate Reorganization
--Starz Offering Sneak Previews of "Party Down" on Free VOD, Online
--USC Annenberg to Launch Social Online Video Editing Platform
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: Brightcove has named Paul Goetz SVP of sales for North America. "Paul Goetz brings more than 20 years of technology sales experience, most recently serving as senior vice president of US sales and consulting at SAVVIS Corporation, where he led engagements with major consumer brands, media organizations and software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers," Brightcove says in its...

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, 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,...

Starz to Provide Premium Content for Comcast's On Demand Online Trial

--Trial is Part of "TV Everywhere" Initiative, Announced by Comcast and Time Warner Last Month
Comcast , the US's largest cable MSO, and premium programmer, Starz Entertainment (operates 16 premium movie channels, including its flagship Starz and Encore brands), announced last week that Starz will make a selection of its content available online to its subscribers who are also Comcast customers, under the auspices of the MSO's recently announced trial of a service called On Demand Online. On Demand Online was announced last month as part of an agreement between...

Starz Launches EBIF App to Enable Easier Access to VOD from Linear Channels

At the NCTA Cable Show in Washington, DC Thursday, premium programmer, Starz, launched an application dubbed "Enteract Now," which is designed to allow easier access to VOD services from linear channels, and which it says will be the first of a number of interactive TV products that it is developing in a bid to enhance the consumer viewing experience. According to the company, the new app gives viewers the ability to instantly link--via on-screen shortcuts--to...