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Shalom TV to Offer Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Services on VOD

Shalom TV, a non-profit, free VOD service devoted to Jewish culture and public affairs (note: pay-TV platforms distributing the service include Comcast, Cox, Verizon FiOS TV, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Bright House, Rogers Cable, Frontier, MetroCast, RCN, Service Electric, Buckeye CableSystem, Armstrong Cable and Blue Ridge Communications), contacted [itvt] Monday to let us know that it will offer on-demand Jewish High Holiday services (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) to the 38 million homes reached by its service, starting September 5th. According to Shalom TV, this marks the first time that Jewish High Holiday services will be made available on national cable television.

Disney to Offer Free Preview of its Disney Family Movies Subscription VOD Service

--Fox to Offer Primetime Shows on Cox's MyPrimetime VOD Platform

Disney-ABC Domestic Television said Monday that its subscription VOD (SVOD) service, Disney Family Movies, has partnered with Comcast, Charter, Cox, AT&T U-verse, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS TV and various operators that are affiliates of VOD content distributor, Avail-TVN, to offer a free preview from Thursday, September 2nd through Monday, September 6th.

The free preview, which will be hosted by Phylicia Rashad, will offer a range of classic and contemporary Disney movies, including "Pocahontas," "Muppet Treasure Island," "A Bug's Life," and "Monster Truck Mater" (note: the latter two titles are Disney-Pixar productions), Disney said.

News Round-Up

--Broadcom Unveils FastRTV Technology for Fast Channel Changes
--Cablevision Said to Be in tru2way Set-Top Deal with Samsung
--Espial Reports Flat Revenues, Lower Losses
--Hulu Wins Patent-Infringement Case Brought by Ultramercial
--Report: Mafiosi Sending Coded Messages via SMS-Based Interactive TV Show
--Teevox Launches iPhone Remote Control
--Social TV Service, Tunerfish, Launches "Kardashians" Award
--TVO in VOD Deal with Rogers Cable
--Warner Bros. Television Group's Studio 2.0 in Dailymotion Syndication Deal with AlphaBird

Here are some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue:

Verizon Demo's iPad App, Cloud-Based Storage Offering, Multiplatform VOD Service

--Adds "Auto Correct" Capability to its Interactive TV In-Home Agent Service

At a press event, Wednesday, Verizon demo'd a new application, dubbed "What's Hot," that will bring live TV channels from its FiOS TV service to the Apple iPad. The app, which will be offered at no extra charge, features a multiscreen mosaic interface that includes thumbnail videos of 12 channels: which 12 channels a FiOS TV subscriber sees displayed on the app will be determined by which channels are popular in that subscriber's local area at any one time. Subscribers can, of course, tap on any of the 12 thumbnail channels to watch it in full-screen mode. Other features of the app include the ability to sort programming offerings by genre.

Clearleap, RCDb Partner on Solution that Transforms Blu-ray Players into VOD-Enabled Cable Boxes

--Solution Billed as Providing Cable with a "Counter Offer" to Direct-to-Consumer OTT Services

Clearleap, a company which offers a cloud-based content management, delivery and advertising platform for bringing Internet-sourced video content to television sets, and Related Content Database (RCDb), a company which offers a software platform that it bills as enabling customers to rapidly integrate and deploy a range of Web services to managed-network set-top boxes, connected TV's and Blu-ray discs and players, said Tuesday that they have developed a joint solution that will allow pay-TV operators to deliver their full VOD libraries to any subscriber equipped with an Internet-connected Blu-ray player. The companies unveiled the solution at the CableLabs Summer Conference, which is taking place this week in Keystone, CO.

News Round-Up

--Cameron Death Promoted to SVP and GM of NBC Universal Digital Studio
--Comcast Increases VOD Movie Line-Up for Customers in Pacific Northwest by 450%
--MobiTV DRM Allows Video Downloads to BlackBerry Torch for Local Playback
--Total Immersion's Augmented Reality Slot Machine Returns

Here are some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue:

Eurocinema Launches on Comcast's VOD Platform

Eurocinema On Demand, a cable, satellite and broadband VOD movie channel devoted to international films, last week announce that it is launching its service on Comcast's On Demand platform. According to Eurocinema--which is owned by EuroMedia Holdings and which has previously launched its VOD service on Time Warner Cable, Charter, Cablevision, RCN, Verizon, DISH Network and DirecTV--the Comcast launch means that its service will reach a combined total of over 31 million North American households. The service is currently available to Comcast customers in Philadelphia and Washington, DC, and is slated to roll out to additional Comcast markets throughout the coming year.

Project Canvas Invites CE Manufacturers to Submit Expressions of Interest in Developing Canvas Devices

The partners behind Project Canvas on Wednesday formally invited expressions of interest from consumer equipment manufacturers to develop and bring Canvas devices to market in 2011 (note: Project Canvas is an initiative that sees 1) the BBC and UK public-service broadcasters, ITV and Channel 4, 2) UK ISP's, BT and TalkTalk, and 3) UK broadcast transmission company, Arqiva, partnering in order to attempt to develop a common standard and interface for the delivery of online video and interactive services to broadband-connected Freeview and Freesat set-top boxes).

SeaChange to Launch EBIF QoS Solution at CableLabs Summer Conference

--Will also Showcase its Watch & Buy Interactive TV Commerce Solution for VOD

VOD and advanced advertising technology provider, SeaChange International, contacted [itvt] Wednesday to let us know about its plans for next week's CableLabs Summer Conference (August 15th-18th). The company says that it plans to launch the SeaChange EngageTV Validator, which is designed to guarantee quality of service for EBIF-based subscriber applications that make use of VOD resources, and that it will also showcase its Watch & Buy tcommerce extension for VOD services.

Cox to Promote TiVo Premiere with Integrated Cox VOD Service to its Subscribers

--TiVo's Rogers: Deal Will Enable Cox to Offer "Fully Integrated Converged Television and Internet Experience"

TiVo and Cox announced early Thursday that they have entered into an agreement, under which they will offer the TiVo Premiere DVR with integrated Cox On Demand service to Cox subscribers. The companies are billing the deal as marking the first time that a cable operator will make its entire VOD library available via a retail DVR (note: Cox says that it will make its VOD service available on TiVo Premiere boxes to subscribers in all its major markets). TiVo Premiere will become the first retail product to fully integrate a cable VOD service, along with linear TV and broadband content accessible through TiVo's user interface and search capabilities, the companies say.

News Round-Up

--CBS Interactive Testing Social TV App, "TV.com Relay"
--DirecTV, Google in Ad Sales Partnership
--UK Broadcaster, Five, in Deal to Embed its Broadband VOD Player in Facebook
--iN Demand Renews VOD Deal with SES World Skies
--Panasonic Taps Netgear to Provide Wireless Connectivity for its Viera Connected TV's
--Sony in Bravia OTT Deal with Germany's sevenload
--Transpond Acquired by Webtrends

Here are some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue:

Exclusive Agreement Gives Netflix Internet Streaming Rights to Epix Movies

As expected (see the article published on itvt.com, August 9th), video rental company, Netflix, and Epix, a subscription-based multiplatform (linear, VOD, online) premium programming service which is a joint venture between Viacom's Paramount Pictures arm, MGM and Lionsgate, on Tuesday announced an exclusive, multi-year agreement that will allow Netflix to offer streaming new-release and library titles from Epix's parent companies on its Watch Instantly service. According to the companies, movies covered by the deal--which is expected to add up to 3,000 titles to Netflix's Watch Instantly offering--will begin streaming on Netflix on September 1st.

ADB to Power MHP-Based HD Interactive TV for Indonesian Pay-TV Operator, First Media

Geneva-based set-top box/digital TV technology provider, Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB), said Tuesday that Indonesian pay-TV operator, First Media, will use its products and solutions to deploy what it bills as Indonesia's first HD pay-TV service. The deal is ADB's first in the Indonesian market. According to the company, its technologies will enable First Media customers to access a range of advanced services, including interactive TV and VOD, in addition to HDTV.

News Round-Up (II): Cablevision, CBS, Comcast, Hulu, Charter

--Cablevision's Rutledge Reveals Plans to Offer Linear TV, VOD on iPad and Smartphones
--CBS-Comcast Deal to Include "Greatly Expanded" VOD on Cable and Online, CBS Eyes Hulu Plus
--Charter Launches "TV Everywhere" Trial

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 anticipate that it will take a few days for us to catch up with all the recent news: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us. We apologize for any inconvenience to our readers.

News Round-Up (III): DISH Network, Sling Media, Epix, Netflix, ESPN

--DISH to Let Subscribers Access TV on iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry and Android
--Report: Epix Negotiating Five-Year, $1 Billion Exclusive Streaming Deal with Netflix
--ESPN Secures VOD Rights to Archived English Premier League Soccer Matches

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 anticipate that it will take a few days for us to catch up with all the recent news: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us. We apologize for any inconvenience to our readers.

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