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
The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, so we are covering most stories in round-up/summary form, and we anticipate that there will be some additional interruptions of our regular news publishing schedule beyond that. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. 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 ,...

Canoe Reveals Programming Partners for its Interactive TV Advertising Solutions

--Partners Are Comcast Networks, Discovery Communications, NBC Universal, Rainbow Media
--Will Deploy an RFI Application Later this Quarter
Canoe Ventures , the company tasked with implementing the US cable industry's plans for interactive and addressable advertising (note: its backers are Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox, Charter, Cablevision and Bright House ), said Monday that it has signed separate agreements with Comcast Networks, Discovery Communications, NBC Universal and Rainbow Media that will see those companies launching its national interactive TV advertising solutions across their individual programming networks. Once the partners--which are Canoe's first programming...

itaas in EBIF Deal with Charter Communications

itaas --an Atlanta-based company which provides a range of software development, integration and testing services for interactive TV (including ETV/EBIF, tru2way and IPTV solutions), and which earlier this week (see the article published on, May 11th) announced that it had ported the EBIF user agent of Comcast-subsidiary, TVWorks, to Cisco set-top boxes--today (Wednesday) announced that it has signed an agreement with Charter Communications that includes licensing, installation and support for the TVWorks ETV platform...

Charter Launches VOD Reminder Service, Claims Record Usage of its VOD Platform

--Hannover House in Multiple VOD Deals, Verizon FiOS TV Releases List of Top-10 VOD Movies
--BBC iPlayer Continues to Perform Strongly
Cable MSO, Charter Communications , has launched an " on-demand reminder service " that sends customers text or email reminders, alerting them to new movie releases, events and premieres available on its VOD platform. Customers can register to receive the reminders, which are based on both title and category searches, at .

Charter also claims that its VOD service--which launched nine years a go and which it claims offers around 6,000...

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...

Major Cable Operators to Miss tru2way Deadline Stipulated in MOU with CE Manufacturers

Comcast , Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications have conceded that they will not--as they had promised in a supposedly binding MOU with various consumer electronics/hardware manufacturers that was announced last spring--have tru2way technology deployed across their entire service footprints by July 1st, according to a report Tuesday by Todd Spangler in the US cable-industry trade publication, Multichannel News. However, at least two of those CE manufacturers, Samsung and Panasonic, appear to be responding to...

Charter Teams with Disney on New SVOD Service

Charter Communications announced last month that it has partnered
with Disney-ABC Domestic Television to launch a new subscription
VOD service. Priced at $4.99 per month and dubbed Disney Family
Movies, the new service offers around a dozen Disney movies and
animated shorts; titles remain in rotation for about a month and new
titles are added weekly. According to Disney, the rotating titles are
designed to have broad appeal, targeting children, teens, adults and
families. Titles available on the service at launch include "Honey, I
Shrunk the Kids," "Air Buddies," "Tarzan & Jane" and "Geppetto."
"Charter is pleased to have developed this service with Disney-ABC
Domestic Television and to serve as their launch partner on this

Top Six MSO's, Major CE and STB Companies, and Intel Sign tru2way MOU

-Details of MOU Revealed in FCC Filing by Comcast US cable-industry research, development and standards organization,
CableLabs, announced earlier this month that six companies have
signed a binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) on
tru2way/OCAP technology with the top-six cable operators in the US, Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, Cablevision, Charter and Bright House
Networks (which together account for over 80% of US cable
subscribers and 105 million homes passed). The signatory companies
are consumer electronics manufacturers, Sony Electronics (which was