National Film Board of Canada Launches Free iPad App

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) contacted [itvt] Wednesday to let us know that it has launched a free, downloadable iPad app in the iTunes Store and on its own Web site. According to the organization, the new app--which it says has the same features as its existing iPhone app, but has been optimized for the iPad--allows users to view over 1,000 NFB documentaries, animated shorts and trailers, streamed over both WiFi and...

"Touching Stories" App Offers Four Interactive Short Films, Designed Specifically for the iPad

Interactive production company, Tool of North America (note: for more on Tool, see the interview with its digital executive producer, Dustin Callif, that was published on, June 9th, 2009), has teamed with "technology-infused" creative agency, Domani Studios , to develop an application, dubbed "Touching Stories," that contains four interactive live-action short films shot by five Tool of North America directors and designed specifically for the Apple iPad. According to the companies, the app allows...

AT&T Launches "Film Awards Interactive" Application for U-verse TV, iPhone/iPod touch

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AT&T has launched an interactive application, called Film Awards Interactive , for the iPhone/iPod touch and for its Microsoft Mediaroom-powered IPTV platform, U-verse TV. According to AT&T, among other things, the free app lets consumers use their remote control or their iPhone/iPod touch screen to: access a list of films nominated for this season's film award shows; view trailers for nominated films; read bios; watch previews and trailers; vote for their favorite award-nominated films, actors...

ZillionTV Secures Content Deal with Lionsgate

--Lionsgate Titles to Be Available via Pay-Per-View, EST, Ad-Supported VOD
ZillionTV , a company that is attempting to launch a subscription-free IPTV/OTT service (note: the company recently replaced founding CEO, Mitch Berman, with Jack Lawrence, who was previously CFO and COO at toymaker, Corgi International; shortly prior to that, it announced that it was delaying its commercial launch until the second half of next year, and that it was pursuing a direct-to-consumer strategy to supplement its telco-targeted strategy; it was subsequently reported to have laid...

Gravitas Bolsters VOD Line-Up via New Deals with Indie Film Companies

Digital content aggregator, Gravitas Ventures , said Tuesday that it has expanded its line-up of VOD movies via partnerships with independent film companies, Empire Film Group, Imagination Worldwide, Johnson Production Group, Liberation Entertainment, Submarine Entertainment, The Film Sales Company, Traction Media, Well Go USA and Zeitgeist Films. It says that the partnerships--which are non-exclusive, allowing the indie filmmakers to continue to pursue theatrical distribution if they wish--will enable it to offer over 250 VOD films...

Babelgum Revamps its Interactive Broadband Video Service

--Company Commissions its First Film Babelgum--a company that operates a service it describes as an
"interactive Web TV portal" featuring " only professionally produced
content spanning film, news, sports, documentaries, music videos,
concerts, lifestyle and trends, animation and scripted programs"--last
month launched a new version of its platform that includes a
completely redesigned interface and various Web 2.0 features and
social-networking tools. The...

Major Studios Announce Plans for Premium VOD Service

Earlier this month, Viacom, its Paramount Pictures unit, MGM Studios
and Lionsgate announced that they have formed a joint venture that will
launch a premium VOD service and linear-TV channel in the fall of
2009. According to the companies, the venture will have access to
Paramount and Paramount Vantage titles released theatrically on or
after January 1st, 2008, and MGM, United Artists and Lionsgate titles
released theatrically on or after January 1st, 2009: it will have exclusive
access during the pay-television window to such recent and upcoming
films as "Iron Man," "Star Trek," "Cloverfield," "Shutter Island," "Love
Guru" and "Valkyrie" and various currently-in-production titles,
including new installments of the "Robocop" series, the companies say.