Video on Demand

New iTV Doctor Column Features Interview with First-Ever Digital VOD Customer

--Karl Willard Was First Subscriber to Full Service Network (FSN) Back in 1994
[itvt] has just published the first in a new series of columns, collectively entitled PERSPECTIVE, from the iTV Doctor, Rick Howe . The series will discuss Full Service Network (FSN), QUBE, Video Jukebox, Sega Channel and other ground-breaking interactive TV efforts, and the impact those deployments still have on interactive television today.

This week's column features an interview (conducted by Tammy Snook , FSN's former VP of communications, and now CEO...

Concurrent Launches "Video to the PC" Solution

VOD technology provider, Concurrent , on Tuesday launched a solution dubbed simply "Video to the PC." According to the company, the solution allows operators to utilize their existing Concurrent infrastructure to deliver commercial-grade video through high-speed Internet connections to online viewers. From a subscriber's perspective, the company says, the solution makes it possible to access both live broadcast video and on-demand content through a PC with no additional hardware requirements; operators, meanwhile, the company says,...

Amazon Video On Demand Now Available on Panasonic's Viera Cast-Enabled Blu-ray Disc Players

--Service Launched on Viera Cast-Enabled HDTV's in April
Panasonic announced Tuesday that Amazon Video On Demand is now available on its full line of 2009 Viera Cast-enabled Blu-ray disc players (note: the Viera Cast over-the-top platform, which has a built-in Ethernet interface, is accessed by pressing a special button on the remote control and entails no usage fees; it also offers access to YouTube, Picasa Web Albums, Bloomberg News and weather information). The company--which launched Amazon VOD on its Viera Cast-enabled plasma HDTV's...

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...

Gravitas Ventures in Long-Term VOD Deal with Kino International

--Deal Covers VOD Delivery to Major US Pay-TV Operators, Internet Video Platforms
Video-on-demand content aggregator, Gravitas Ventures , said Thursday that it has formed a multi-year partnership with Kino International , a theatrical distribution company specializing in classics and foreign-language art films. According to the companies, the partnership deal will see Gravitas handling VOD licensing of select Kino titles to over 100 cable, satellite and telco operators, including AT&T, Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV, DISH Network, Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS (giving those titles a potential...