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Comcast First to Launch HD Version of HBO's VOD Service

Comcast , the US's largest cable MSO, announced last week that it has become the first cable operator to offer an HDTV version of premium programming provider HBO 's VOD service, HBO On Demand. HBO is the last US premium programming provider to offer such a service. "Comcast customers will be the first to enjoy the full HBO On Demand product in high definition, including HBO's original programming and movies," Derek Harrar, Comcast's SVP and...

YouTube Increases Maximum Size of Uploads from 1GB to 2GB

--Also Makes it Easier to Share and Embed HD Videos
In a posting on its corporate blog, Wednesday, YouTube announced that it is increasing the maximum size of standard video uploads on its service from 1GB to 2GB, allowing users to upload longer videos at higher resolution, as well as large HD files directly from their cameras. In addition, the company announced new features that allow users to share links directly to the HD version of their video and to embed the HD version on...

Red-Button Interactive TV Functionality Added to BBC HD

The BBC has added red-button interactive TV functionality (i.e. the ability to access interactive TV applications and services and supplemental programming content through the red button on the remote control) to BBC HD, an HDTV channel that it operates on the UK's Sky satellite and Virgin Media cable platforms, as well as on the UK's free-to-air satellite TV platform, Freesat. According to the corporation, the launch was scheduled to ensure that BBC HD viewers can...

Cabot to Offer MHEG Middleware Solution Enabling HD Interactive TV Services on Freesat

--Says its CI+ Solution Has Successfully Complete SmarDTV CI+ Interoperability Testing
UK-based DVB middleware specialist, UK-based DVB middleware specialist, Cabot Communications , announced last week that it is extending its middleware suite to support Freesat, the UK's free-to-air digital satellite service, which currently offers around 200 TV and radio channels, including HD broadcasts. According to the company, its Freesat MHEG solution will be available in mid-2009 and will support advanced interactive television services with full HD graphics. Features claimed by Cabot for the solution include: an...

New Time Warner Cable-Smithsonian Deal Covers HD, VOD, Broadband Video, Interactive TV

Time Warner Cable, the second-largest cable MSO in the US, announced Thursday that it has signed a carriage deal with Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between the Smithsonian Institution and Showtime Networks. In addition for calling for the Smithsonian Channel to be added to Time Warner Cable's line-up of HDTV linear channels, the new agreement calls for Smithsonian Networks to offer a range of its programming on the MSO's HD VOD platform; on its broadband...

Digeo Now Offering Monthly Payment Options for its Moxi HD DVR

In an apparent acknowledgement that many consumers might find the $799 price tag of its retail-targeted Moxi HD DVR hard to afford in the current difficult economic climate, Digeo has announced new "flexible payment options" for the box. Consumers who cannot afford to buy the box outright now have the options of making--via PayPal--four interest-free monthly payments of $199.75 or 20 interest-free monthly payments of $39.95. However, because of legal restrictions, the new payment options...

Amazon Video On Demand Begins Offering HD Movies and TV Episodes

--Content can be Viewed on Roku, TiVo, Sony and Panasonic OTT Devices
Amazon.com announced Tuesday that it is now offering HD versions of current TV shows and movies on its Amazon Video On Demand service. At launch, around 500 HD programs and movies (programs include "Californication," "The Tudors," "Smallville" and "Gossip Girl" and movies include "Frost/Nixon," "Twilight," and "Yes Man") are available on the service, from such content providers as Warner Bros. Entertainment, Sony Pictures, Paramount Pictures, MGM Studios, Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Showtime Networks. Amazon.com...

BBC iPlayer to Start Offering HD Streams and Downloads

In a posting on its Web site, Thursday, the BBC announced that its catch-up service, the BBC iPlayer (which it says has generated over 387 million requests to stream or download since its launch on December 25th, 2007), is to start offering HD streams and downloads of certain programs. The corporation also said that the updated iPlayer will now offer a diagnostic tool that examines each end-user's Internet connection and switches the player to whichever...

Digeo Unveils New Features for its Moxi HD DVR

--Enhancements Enable Users to Access Over-the-Top Video Services on their Living Room TV
Paul Allen-owned set-top box vendor, Digeo, announced a series of new features and enhancements for its Moxi HD DVR Thursday, that appear to be designed to transform the device into a platform for bringing over-the-top video to the living room (much as rival TiVo has transformed its DVR into an OTT device). The new features, which the company says will be available automatically to Moxi HD DVR customers via a free software upgrade, include:
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Microsoft Mediaroom Powers New HD IPTV Service from Canada's MTS

--AT&T U-verse to Use Microsoft PlayReady
--Round-Up of Other Recent Microsoft IPTV News
Microsoft contacted [itvt] last week to let us know that MTS Allstream, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canadian telco, Manitoba Telecom Services, has launched an HDTV service in Winnipeg, based on the Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV platform and various technologies from Mediaroom reseller and systems-integration partner, Alcatel-Lucent. According to Microsoft, the new service offers 30 HDTV channels (with more to be rolled out later this year), DVR service, and an EPG with picture-in-picture capability; and is...

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