News Round-Up (III): Charter-Disney, Coincident TV-Fox, Univision-DISH

--Charter Adds Free VOD Content from a Range of Disney Networks
--Coincident TV Develops Interactive Video Player for Fox's "Glee"
--Univision World Cup Channel on DISH Network Features Interactive TV Voting

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  • Charter Communications has announced that it has completed the launch of free VOD programming from Disney-owned networks ABC, ABC Family, Disney Channel, Disney XD, ESPN and SOAPnet. Episodes of shows on those networks are being made available the day after their broadcast, the company says, and content from ABC is available in both SD and HD (note: fast-forwarding is disabled on ABC programs). The deal means that Charter customers have on-demand access to all 64 matches of the ongoing World Cup tournament, which are being broadcast by ESPN.
  • Coincident TV (CTV)--the San Francisco-based start-up that earlier this year launched its flagship "hypervideo" software suite, which it says combines online video, social media, Web links and commerce into a single immersive experience (see the article published on itvt.com, April 13th)--has announced that it has been tapped by Fox to build a special interactive video player, dubbed "Glee Superfan" (http://www.fox.com/glee/gleesuperfan), for the show, "Glee." According to the company, which previously developed an interactive trailer for the show (see the article published on itvt.com, April 6th), the player "allows fans to watch full-length episodes online at fox.com/glee while simultaneously navigating the Web, accessing their favorite 'Glee' social media sites, purchasing 'Glee'-related merchandise and watching bonus material--all without ever exiting the 'Glee Superfan' experience." The player launched June 8th, following "Glee's" season finale. According to Fox's VP of innovation and social media, Hardie Tankersley, the new player "kicks off a broader initiative with CTV that will enhance our popular Fox.com properties with a rich and unique interactive video platform."
  • DISH Network and Univision have announced the launch of a dedicated Spanish-language World Cup 2010 channel for subscribers to the DishLATINO programming package. According to the companies, the Univision FIFA World Cup Channel (ch. 826) offers "an interactive feature that lets viewers vote with their remote on which team they think will win the upcoming game airing on Univision. Once their vote is cast, viewers will be entered into a sweepstakes where they can win an iPad each week, as well as a grand prize of a $5,000 home entertainment system."

 

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