German commercial broadcaster, ProSieben, is offering the US series, "Gossip Girl," from Warner Bros. International Television Distribution on an advertising-supported basis on its Move Networks-powered ProSieben.tv broadband video portal.
--Platform Delivers Broadband Video and Other Internet Content to the Living Room TV
Clearleap, a company which offers a content-acquisition, delivery, management and distribution platform, called clear|flow, that brings broadband video and other Internet-sourced content to television sets, including sets equipped with low-resource legacy cable set-top boxes (note: its most prominent competitor is ActiveVideo Networks, which is currently deploying its platform with Cablevision--see the article posted on itvt.com, June 24th), announced Monday that it has deployed th
--Show is Based on an Existing Internet TV Show on Bravotv.com
NBC Universal-owned cable channel, Bravo, on Monday announced plans to launch an interactive TV series, entitled "Watch What Happens: Live." The show, which will be hosted by Bravo's SVP of original programming and development, Andy Cohen, and which is slated to premiere July 16th at midnight (ET/PT), is based on a live broadband TV show that has aired for some years now on Bravotv.com and that focuses on eliminated contestants and other personalities from Bravo's stable of reality-TV series.
--Company Had Raised $45 Million from Hearst-Argyle, Time Warner and Other Backers
Ripe Digital Entertainment--a company which offered an advertising-supported free video-on-demand service on Comcast and Time Warner Cable's systems (as well as online and mobile versions of the service) and which, back in 2006, raised $32 million in second-round funding from Hearst-Argyle, Time Warner, Columbia Capital and Rho ventures (it is believed to have raised a total of $45 million since launching in 2004)--has closed down its operations, according to a report Monday in the LA Weekly's Deadline Hollywood Daily blog.
Broadband video publishing solutions provider, Brightcove, has secured another deal to power video on a newspaper company's Web site (note: the company's platform is also used by the New York Times and the Washington Post in the US; the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian in the UK; La Vanguardia in Spain; and 60 regional newspapers in Germany): the company announced Monday that Philly.com, the Web portal for the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News, will use its platform to publish and distribute video, and will also leverage the platform's integration with third-party advertising networks to monetize that video.
--Also Unveils New Feature Allowing Content Owners to Add their Video to Zinc via MRSS
Over-the-top-TV specialist, ZeeVee, has released an Apple Macintosh version of Zinc, its Internet video browser for the living room. (Note: Zinc is a free software application that provides a simple, 10-foot interface that is designed to be driven by a remote control. Targeted at consumers who want to watch Internet video on a TV set connected to their computer, it is based on Mozilla technology and is available as a Firefox plug-in or a standalone application.).
Live broadband video and rich media asset management solutions provider, The FeedRoom, announced last week that it has formed a partnership with Clearspring Technologies, a provider of distribution, management and monetization services for widgets and other distributable Web content. According to the company, the partnership deal will allow it to enhance its social bookmarking capabilities and add expanded video content distribution capabilities to its flagship FeedRoom 4.0 Enterprise Video Platform (EVP). By integrating Clearspring's capabilities at the player level, The FeedRoom says, it will be able to allow viewers to easily bookmark and share video content across the Internet via social networks, blogs and bookmarking sites, using simple point-and-click tools.
Wrestling promoter, Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling, announced Thursday that it has launched an online video-on-demand service, called TNA Video Vault, that offers coverage of TNA pay-per-view events and specialty features (200 hours of programming in all), and that will soon offer exclusive, original programming.
--Recently Announced Deals with TheStreet.com, Break.com, Revision3, Next New Networks
AnySource Media, a company that offers an over-the-top-TV platform, called Connected HDTV, which it says will be embedded in certain new HDTV sets later this year (note: the company has not yet announced any partnerships with TV manufacturers) and will allow viewers to access hundreds of "virtual" on-demand channels, announced Wednesday that it has signed an agreement with affiliate rights aggregator, PathFinder World Video, to distribute video-on-demand content from 13 of the latter's ethnic and niche networks on a free or subscription basis.
AOL-owned social-networking company, Bebo, said Wednesday that it is teaming with Samsung Mobile UK and Endemol to launch an original, music-themed, studio-based broadband TV show, called "Beat," that is targeted at Bebo users in the UK and Ireland and that incorporates various social and interactive elements. The daily magazine-style show, which was created and produced by Endemol and which is slated to debut June 19th and to have an initial 13-week run, will focus on emerging musical talent.
--Companies Say They Have Similar Interactive TV Philosophies, Complementary Technologies
At the ANGA Cable show in Cologne, Tuesday, ActiveVideo Networks (formerly ICTV)--a San Jose, Calif.-based interactive television company which offers a platform that it bills as intelligently streaming both traditional and Web-based content to digital set-top boxes and Web-connected CE devices and as combining the personalized, dynamic, socially connected experience of the Web with the quality, immediacy and remote-control navigation that end-users expect from television--announced that it has reached an agreement to buy Avinity Systems
--New Deal is Latest in a Series of Japanese Wins for the Company
In a posting on its corporate blog, Wednesday, broadband video publishing solutions provider, Brightcove, announced that Japanese utility company, Tokyo Gas, has chosen the Brightcove platform to power its broadband video initiatives. Tokyo Gas--which has five business divisions and 60 subsidiaries in such areas as natural gas, electricity, gas appliances and real estate--will use the platform for a range of applications, including marketing and corporate communications.
--Negotiations with ITV, Channel 4 Said to Be on Hold, Due to Disagreements over Advertising
UK newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, reported Wednesday that Hulu, the broadband video venture co-owned by NBC, Fox, and ABC/Disney (note: for more on Disney's recent acquisition of an equity stake in the venture, see the article posted on itvt.com April 30th), is hoping to launch in the UK in September with terrestrial broadcasters, ITV and Channel 4, as its main in-country content partners. According to what the Telegraph describes as "senior sources" close to Hulu's negotiations with the UK broadcasters, the company hopes to sign a deal with ITV and Channel 4 in the next few weeks, and is also in talks with the BBC.
--Site to Eventually Offer Social-Networking Features
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation, the Television Academy's charity arm, has launched a broadband video Web site, virtualtvacademy.org, that provides visitors with free access to videotaped panel discussions about the television business, featuring prominent TV-industry professionals. "The Foundation's aim is to enlarge the community that can benefit and regularly use the social networking and information resources of the Virtual Academy," the ATAS Foundation's executive director, Terri L. Clark, said in a prepared statement.
--Says over 1,000 Producers Now Using its "Pro" Service
Mogulus, a New York-based company which offers a platform that enables amateurs and professionals to produce and distribute live TV on the Internet (note: the company, which offers "Free" and "Pro" versions of its platform, bills the platform as offering, among other things, the ability to mix multiple live cameras, imported video clips and overlay graphics, and as allowing producers to broadcast live from a mobile phone, use a customizable Flash player with integrated chat, and develop a branded channel page on its Web site that incorporates interactive chat), announced today that it is changing its name to