News Round-Up (III): Avail-TVN, BBC Red Button, blip.tv

--Avail-TVN in Deals with NewWave Communications, Toner Cable Equipment
--BBC Releases Red-Button Programming Schedule through August 13th
--blip.tv Develops Pre-Roll Ad that Lets Viewers Click to Remotely Download Game Demo to Xbox

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  • Avail-TVN, the company that was formed last year through the merger of Avail Media and TVN Entertainment, has announced that NewWave Communications will become the first multi-system cable company in the US to sign up for its full suite of services: MPEG-4 linear TV transmission services, pay-per-view channels and VOD. "Avail-TVN will provide NewWave with a full suite of managed services including licensing, marketing, royalty processing, transport, and live-to-VOD services for both linear and on-demand content packages," the company states in its press materials. "Under the terms, NewWave will have 24/7 access to Avail-TVN's online tracking and reporting tools including ADONISS and ViewTrak--which offers a customized online dashboard for tracking VOD usage, tools for linear and VOD advertising and dynamic menu management. The HD linear channel service will be provided in MPEG-4 format, allowing NewWave to maximize bandwidth efficiency immediately, while providing a transition path to an all-MPEG-4 service in the future." Avail-TVN has also announced that Toner Cable Equipment is launching a low-cost MPEG-4 linear transport solution, powered by its technology, that it says "enables cable operators to make better use of existing bandwidth. Cable operators who work with Toner Cable Equipment now have a cost-effective way to deliver more content and services to their subscribers," Avail-TVN states in its press materials, "including more than 200 SD and HD channels, conditional access, video-on-demand (VOD) and pay-per-view (PPV) programming."
  • The BBC has announced the line-up of content that will be available through its red-button interactive TV service through August 13th. The corporation has also announced the release in the UK of a free BBC News app for the Apple iPhone and iPad. The app was originally scheduled to launch in April, but its roll-out was delayed while the BBC's governing body, the BBC Trust, assessed its potential impact on the industry. The corporation says that iPhone/iPad apps for BBC Sport and the BBC iPlayer will launch soon, and that apps for Android and other smartphones will launch later this year.
  • blip.tv, a New York-based distributor of independent Web shows, has developed a pre-roll ad unit that allows users to click to remotely download a game demo to their Xbox console. Advertising Age's Michael Learmonth broke the story; and blip.tv's blog has more. A demo video can be seen here.

 

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