News Round-Up (II): Comcast Spotlight, DirecTV-Wimbledon, Epix-Cox-Mediacom-Charter

--Comcast Spotlight Exec Says Interactive Remind/Record Spots Proving Successful
--DirecTV Provides Extensive Interactive TV Coverage of Wimbledon
--Epix's Authentication-Based HD Web Site Launches for Cox, Mediacom and Charter Customers
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, we are covering recent news stories in summary/round-up form. We apologize for any inconvenience to our readers. We will resume our regular format and publishing schedule tomorrow (Tuesday). Comcast and Turner Broadcasting executives revealed a couple of interesting nuggets of interactive TV news at Light Reading's Cable Next-Gen Video Strategies conference in Atlanta last week. Kathleen DeBenedictis, director of product management...

Multiplatform/Interactive TV News Round-Up (VIII)

--Univision, Veeple, Veoh, Verizon FiOS TV, Showtime Networks, Viacom, Hulu, Vpype, Vudu, YuMe, ZillionTV
Since February 3rd, [itvt] Daily News has been on hiatus, while the [itvt] editorial team produced the TV of Tomorrow Show 2010 --and then took a few days off to recover. This is the eighth of eight round-up articles, in which we are covering some of the more significant developments in the multiplatform/interactive TV space that took place during our hiatus: Spanish-language broadcaster, Univision , has announced the availability of its new Univision Video App...

Hulu in Broadband Video Deals with Viacom, PBS

Hulu, the recently launched broadband video joint venture between
NBC Universal and News Corp., has secured programming deals with
Viacom and PBS. The deal with Viacom appears to be a significant
coup for the service, as it sees it offering full-length episodes of the
highly popular and younger-skewing Comedy Central satirical shows,
"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report," as well
as a selection of clips from those shows. The deal with PBS,
meanwhile, sees it offering such shows as "Nova," "Scientific
American Frontiers," and "Wired Science," supported by advertising.
According to Hulu, the new deals mean that it now has over 700 movie

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.