Interactive TV News Roundup

--YouTube Emphasizes Channels in Major Redesign -- Miso Raises $4 Million from Khosla Ventures, Google, Hearst -- Sony Delivers Scrolling Twitter Feed on Bravia TVs -- UFC Hits Microsoft's Xbox Live -- Bell Fibe TV Launches Interactive Weather App
In an effort to increase the amount of time Web surfers spend watching videos on its site, YouTube flipped the switch on a major redesign Thursday afternoon that emphasizes channels of content. The move comes one month after YouTube announced deals with dozens of independent producers to supply it with 100 channels of original programming. "We're trying very hard to marry the best of TV and the best of online," YouTube VP of product development Shishir Mehrotra said at an event at the company's San Bruno, Calif., headquarters. The San Francisco Chronicle has more .

UFC Teams with NeuLion on Online Interactive TV Experience for Pay-Per-View Events

Mixed martial arts fight promoter, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) , has teamed with broadband TV specialist, NeuLion , to create an online interactive TV service featuring UFC pay-per-view events. Dubbed UFC.tv and priced at $44.95 per event (i.e. $10 less than UFC PPV events on multichannel pay-TV services), the service launched Saturday in association with UFC's "Silva vs. Belfort" PPV event. Among other things, the new service--a demo video of which is embedded above and...

News Round-Up

--Brightcove Launches Operations in France
--Google Launches WebM Open Web Media Project
--Kyte Launches Android SDK and Application Framework
--QuickPlay Media Launches PrimeTime2Go on Android-Powered Motorola Smartphones
--Project Canvas Gets Green Light from Office of Fair Trading
--Roku Publishes Demo Videos of its New Netflix UI and its UFC Channel
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Broadband video platform provider, Brightcove , has announced the official launch of company operations in France. It has opened an office in Paris and appointed Henri Hallynck as director of regional sales for France. It has also announced a strategic partnership with Hub Sales, and customer wins with Societe Generale, Audi France and Roche. The company has...

News Round-Up

--DISH Faces April 30th Deadline in TiVo "Time Warp" Patent Case
--Audience-Driven, Interactive Sci-Fi Franchise, "Purefold," Abandoned
--Peled: NDS Likely to Seek Listing on London Stock Exchange in 2012
--NeuLion Selected by Major League Soccer as its Broadband Video Partner
--OpenTV Voluntarily Delisted from NASDAQ
--New UFC Site Offers All Episodes of Spike TV's "The Ultimate Fighter" Free-of-Charge
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: US District Court Judge David Folsom has granted DISH Network an extension through April 30th of a stay of his injunction requiring the company to disable DVR's that infringe on TiVo 's so-called "Time Warp" patent. Multichannel News's Todd Spangler explains why Sanford Bernstein analyst, Craig Moffett, believes that "DISH is now negotiating with a...

TVN, UFC in Deal to Offer UFC On Demand on Comcast

--Mixed Martial Arts VOD Service Now Reaches 25 Million Households in US, Canada
Video-on-demand distribution services provider, TVN Entertainment , and Zuffa, LLC-owned mixed martial arts promoter, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), said Monday that the UFC On Demand service is now available to all Comcast digital subscribers. According to the companies, the new carriage deal with the US's largest cable MSO will increase UFC On Demand's reach by over 17 million households, for a combined reach of 25 million households worldwide. "We are excited to be offering...

Round-Up of Recent News from TVN Entertainment

--VOD Deals with Zuffa/UFC, Summit, CBS, Mag Rack, Fuse, Cox and More
[itvt] recently reported (April 2nd) that VOD distribution services provider, TVN Entertainment, has launched a joint initiative with VOD technology provider, SeaChange International, to ensure the readiness of VOD content for interior-break advertising insertion. Here is a round-up of other recent news from TVN:
--Last month, the company announced a partnership agreement with Zuffa, LLC, owner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) mixed martial arts brand, to launch a VOD service called UFC On...