OTT Specialist, Roku, in Multi-Year Deal with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)

--Two New Subscription-Based Channels--Kung Fu Theater and Cowboy Classics--also Launch on Roku
--Sony Teams with FIFA to Stream World Cup Programming on Bravia Connected TV Devices in Europe
--Playcast's Games-On-Demand System Now Supports HD
--Netflix Now Supporting Instant Streaming of HD Titles to PC's and Macs
OTT specialist, Roku , and pay-per-view event provider, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) , announced a multi-year deal, late Sunday, that will see all major UFC events featured on Roku, starting with the May 29th UFC 114: Rampage vs. Evans PPV event from the MGM Grand Garden Arena. "We are always looking at the latest technology and the newest ways to bring the UFC experience to our fans," UFC president, Dana White, said in a prepared...

ClipSync Powers Online Social TV Event for Epix

Epix , a subscription-based multiplatform (linear, VOD, online) premium programming service which is a joint venture between Viacom, its Paramount Pictures arm, MGM and Lionsgate, on Wednesday announced plans to hold an online social TV event around a film of the Black Eyed Peas ' sold-out concert tour, "The END World Tour 2010," on its EpixHD.com Web site. The event is scheduled to begin at 10:00PM on Saturday May 15th (note: in addition to streaming...

News Round-Up

--BigBand Integrates with Entone, Orca, Verimatrix, Western Mediabridge
--Boxee Selects Vindicia as its Payments Platform Provider
--BrightLine iTV Says 2009 Was its Second Consecutive Year of Record Growth
--Edgeware Integrates Web TV Servers with MediaMelon's MediaCloud SaaS Solution
--Firefly Video Launches Interactive Online Video Advertising Platform
--Kaltura Launches New Version of its Self-Hosted Online Video Platform
--KickApps, Adobe Release OSMF App Studio Drag-and-Drop Media Player Solution
--Motorola Launches tru2way-Compatible Multiroom HD DVR
--NDS Extends Interactive TV Professional Services and Integration Work Contract with Cox
--Panasonic Demoing 3D, tru2way, New RUI
Due to the volume of news generated by the NCTA Cable Show in Los Angeles this week, [itvt] is covering a number of stories in this issue in round-up/summary form: BigBand Networks has announced IP video integrations with Entone , Orca Interactive , Verimatrix and Western Mediabridge . Boxee has announced the selection of Vindicia as the payments platform provider for its plans to offer premium content on its platform. "Vindicia's CashBox solution will enable...

New Video Interview with Bob Perry, SVP of Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company

[itvt] has just published a video interview in which Bob Perry , SVP of Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company , provides an overview of Panasonic's connected TV and 3D TV product strategy. Topics discussed include Panasonic's product priorities; third-party service offerings that are set to launch on Viera Cast over the coming year; what applications might look like that integrate both 3D and connected TV; and more. Perry also explains why he is interested in reaching...

Verizon FiOS TV to Offer EBIF-Based HD Interactive TV App During Showtime Boxing Telecast

--Second Outing for "Showtime Sports Interactive," which Debuted in February During MMA Telecast
Verizon FiOS TV said Wednesday that it will offer " Showtime Sports Interactive "--which it bills as "the first nationwide, high-definition interactive television application using the Enhanced TV Binary Interchange Format" (EBIF)--this Saturday (April 24th, 9:00PM Eastern/Pacific), to accompany Showtime's broadcast of the "Super Six World Boxing Classic," which will see WBA super middleweight champion, Carl Froch, fight against former champion, Mikkel Kessler. This will be the second outing for the app: in February (...

Seagate Adds Streaming Capabilities to its FreeAgent Theater+ HD Media Player

--Box, Originally Designed to Enable Viewing of PC Files on TV, Now Supports Netflix, YouTube, etc.
Storage specialist, Seagate , said Monday that its FreeAgent Theater+ HD media player--a device originally intended to enable users to move photos and videos from their PC to their TV--now supports streaming of content from Netflix, as well as from other providers such as YouTube, vTuner (provides access to around 8,000 terrestrial and Internet radio stations) and Mediafly (aggregates a broad range of free and user-generated content, including podcasts, news and sports).


BSkyB's Sky Player Broadband TV Service to Launch on New Freeview HD Set-Tops from Humax

UK satellite-TV provider, BSkyB , said Wednesday that its Sky Player broadband video service will be available on Humax's new range of high-definition hybrid DTT/IP set-top boxes for the UK's free-to-air digital terrestrial platform, Freeview (note: Humax is the UK's largest provider of Freeview set-tops). Those boxes include the Humax HD-FOX T2, which launched in February and which Humax claims is the UK's first Freeview HD box (note: the box also allows users to access...

Opera in Deal to Offer its OTT Technology on New Hybrid HD Set-Top Box from eviado

Oslo, Norway-based browser specialist, Opera Software , last week announced a deal with Germany's max communication that will see the latter launching a new eviado-branded hybrid HD set-top box for the retail market, equipped with Web technology from the Opera Devices SDK.

Opera, which bills the Opera Devices SDK as being optimized for TV screens and as offering "stringent support" for such new TV standards as HbbTV and OIPF, says that Web...

Miniweb in Deal to Integrate its Connected TV Platform with Eurosat's New Freeview HD Set-Tops

Miniweb , a London-based company that offers a platform designed to enable converged broadcast and broadband entertainment on the TV, said Wednesday that it has signed a deal with Eurosat , an EU-wide distributor of terrestrial and satellite TV products, to integrated its flagship Connected TV Services Platform and its broadband content guide with Eurosat's new Manhattan range of set-top boxes, which are designed for use with Freeview HD, the new HDTV service from the...

Softel's MediaSphere Powering Showtime's New HD EBIF Interactive TV Application

Softel , a UK-based company that claims to have over 25 years of experience in providing ancillary data solutions--including solutions for interactive TV, opt cuing/ad insertion, subtitling and captioning--to leading broadcasters and service providers across the world, said Tuesday that Showtime Networks is using the Softel MediaSphere ITV playout platform to power its new HD EBIF application. The app, which launched February 26th on Verizon FiOS TV, and which is offered in association with Showtime's...