Comcast, MGM Team on VOD Channel Devoted to Action Programming

--Comcast's Fancast Portal Now Offering Video Downloads Comcast and MGM Studios have partnered to launch what they claim
is the first VOD channel dedicated exclusively to action programming.
Dubbed Impact, the new channel, which launched last month, features
both action films and TV shows, a number of which are available in
HD. "The Comcast On Demand platform is the perfect environment for
targeted marketable brands...

Comcast Spotlight Appoints Two New Technology VP's

--Execs Tasked with Leading Deployment of Advanced Advertising Products Comcast's advertising sales arm, Comcast Spotlight, has promoted
Adam LaRose to VP of technology and operations and Rob Klippel to
VP of technical operations and advanced advertising trials. LaRose,
who was previously a VP of operations, will be tasked with overseeing
the management of Comcast Spotlight's technology platform and
vendors, and will serve as principal liaison to Comcast Cable's National
Engineering and Technical Operations team. He will also be
responsible for leading Comcast Spotlight's technology strategy for the
deployment of new advertising solutions. LaRose has worked at
Comcast since 1992, and was previously responsible for the technical

Comcast News:

--Taps Yahoo! Executive, Karin Gilford, to Head Up Fancast

--Signs FEARnet Distribution Deal with Time Warner Cable

--Will Carry Big Ten Programming on VOD, Fancast,, Linear TV

Comcast's Comcast Interactive Media (CIM) arm, the division of the
company that develops and operates its cross-platform media offerings, has
hired Karin Gilford as SVP of Fancast and online entertainment
(note: Fancast, which was launched at CES in January, is a Web portal
that features video content from over 100 content providers, including
4,000 full-length episodes and movies; it allows users to view
programming, search for video content--whether on Fancast itself, on

More Companies Sign Up for CMC's Centralized Interactive TV Platform

--New HITS AxIS Clients are NDS, Softel-USA, S&T, and Unisoft
--Buckeye CableSystem to Serve as Beta Site for HITS AxIS ITV Services

Panasonic Makes Strong Show of Support for tru2way at Cable Show

--Report Alleges Company's tru2way TV Sets Failed CableLabs Testing

--Claims Testing Brought to Light "Dozens and Dozens" of Bugs

Consumer electronics giant, Panasonic, made a strong show of support
for the US cable industry's tru2way standard at the NCTA Cable Show
in New Orleans last month. tru2way-based Panasonic products on
display at the show included: The PCH2180 HD DVR, a multi-tuner...

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

CableLabs Trumpets tru2way and ETV Presence at Cable Show

US cable-industry research, development and standards organization,
CableLabs, recently issued a press release trumpeting the "broad
exposure" enjoyed by tru2way- and ETV/EBIF-based interactive TV
applications at this year's NCTA Cable Show. Among the Cable Show
tru2way and ETV demos highlighted by CableLabs in the release: Softel-USA demo'd its multiplatform, multi-middleware MediaSphere
TX carousel playing out both tru2way and ETV applications;

[itvt] Interview: Tara Maitra, VP and General Manager of Content Services at TiVo

As VP and general manager of content services at TiVo, Tara Maitra is in charge of the company's broadband content strategy--which sees it aggregating a line-up of downloadable movies and programming through partnerships with Amazon and around 60 other content providers, and also enabling subscribers to its service to access video from the open Internet via a PC connected to their TiVo device. The company also recently announced a deal with YouTube that will enable...

Comcast Launches AnyRoom On Demand

--Says its VOD Service has Generated over 7 Billion Views since 2003

--Company's Fancast Service now Features Video from over 100 Providers

--Company to Spend up to $70 Million on "Project Canoe" this Year

Comcast, the US's largest cable MSO, last week launched a service
called AnyRoom On Demand to its digital cable customers in New

Jersey who are equipped with Motorola set-top boxes (note: the
company says that New Jersey customers with Scientific-Atlanta digital
set-tops will receive the new service later this year, and that it also
plans to roll it out in other markets over the course of the year). As its
name suggests, the new service--which requires no extra equipment and