Comcast Launches On-Demand Streaming on its Xfinity TV App for iPad

--Says App Has Been Downloaded over 1 Million Times Since its Mid-November Launch

Interactive TV News Round-Up

--Bluefin Unveils Tech for Analyzing Real-Time Viewer Response to TV Shows and Ads via Social Media
--New EMEA Hire, Customer Wins for Brightcove
--BT Vision Adds 40,000 Subscribers in Q4
--Cable VOD Offerings Celebrate Black History Month
--Hulu in Content Deal with Viacom
--CEO Kilar Provides Information on Hulu's Growth and Financials
--Kaltura in Broadband Video Partnership with Siemens IT
--MTV Launches Micropayment-Based Online VOD Service
--Russia's IMAQLIQ Integrates Opera's Browser Technology into its IPTV Devices
--Suddenlink Rolls Out VOD in Cabot, Arkansas
--Time Warner's Bewkes Confirms Premium VOD Plans
--Verimatrix Secure's PMT's OViVO Personalized
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue. Bluefin Labs has unveiled technology which it says will "discover and analyze what people say via social media about the shows and ads they watch on television in real time. The technology, currently in pilot with several global brands, agencies and media companies, lets marketers see audience response to mass media, providing insight to develop measurably more...

KPN Deploys Edgeware VOD Servers

Edgeware , a Stockholm-based provider of VOD server systems, contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know that it has been selected by European telecommunications provider, KPN , to deploy its video delivery architecture and products as part of a solution that is being provided by Nokia Siemens Network (NSN).

Interactive TV News Round-Up

--Vudu OTT Service Now Available on Boxee
--Swisscom Launches Two Mobile TV Apps
--Verimatrix Secures Hong Kong VOD Service
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue. Boxee said Wednesday that it has now launched the Walmart-owned Vudu OTT service (though not yet Netflix's service, which the company promises will launch later this month) on the Boxee Box. "Vudu on the Boxee Box means: access to the largest selection of HD movies on-demand, new releases (same day as DVD), thousands of movies available for...

iN Demand to Promote Cable VOD Movies to Consumers Ordering Pizza from Pizzahut.com

Cable industry-backed VOD programming distributor, iN Demand , said Tuesday that it has teamed with Pizza Hut and the latter's digital agency, Triad Digital Media , to be the featured content provider for a new online offering from Pizza Hut, dubbed "Entertainment Hut," that was developed and is managed by Triad (note: the latter is also the exclusive sales agent for the service). As a result of the deal, iN Demand says, consumers who order...

Brightcove to Power Live Streaming Video for Sundance Film Festival

--Will Also Power Extensive Line-Up of On-Demand Video
Online video platform provider, Brightcove , will today (Wednesday) announce that the Sundance Institute is using its platform to support new live and on-demand video initiatives for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival (takes place January 20th-30th in Park City, Utah). According to Brightcove, which has been the Festival's official online video provider since 2008, the Sundance Institute has expanded its online video offerings this year to include live video coverage of major screenings and other...

iN Demand Extends Subscription VOD Deal with Howard Stern Productions

Cable industry-backed VOD programming distributor, iN Demand , said last week that it has reached an agreement with Howard Stern Productions to continue offering the Howard TV On Demand subscription VOD service.

According to the company, the service--which launched in 2006 when shock jock, Howard Stern, made the move from terrestrial to satellite radio, and which iN Demand says is available in 40 million US and Canadian digital cable households (via Comcast,...

Time Warner Cable Offering Three High-Profile 3D Movies on VOD

--Report: Indie Filmmakers Increasingly Embracing VOD
Time Warner Cable on Tuesday began offering three high-profile 3D movies--"Shrek Forever After," "Despicable Me" and "Alpha & Omega"--on its VOD platform.

Priced at $4.99, the 3D versions of the movies are available in the HD Movies On Demand section of the platform, alongside 2D HD versions. In addition, SD versions are available in the Movies On Demand section.

In related news: According to a report in the Wall...

BBC Trust Releases Provisional Conclusions of Review of Syndication Policy for VOD Programming

--Programs Should Be Syndicated "Only...Through the BBC iPlayer," Requests for Bespoke Versions of the iPlayer "Should Generally Be Refused"
BBC governing body, the BBC Trust , has released provisional conclusions from a review it is conducting of the corporation's syndication policy for on-demand programs. It is now seeking feedback on those provisional conclusions via a four-week public consultation that kicked off Wednesday. The Trust describes the provisional conclusions as follows:
"1) BBC on-demand content should only be syndicated to other operators through the BBC iPlayer. This means that, for example, a satellite TV...

Telstra Launches Seven Live Streaming TV Channels on Samsung and LG Connected-TV Devices

--Channels Are Powered by Widevine's Video Optimization Technology
Australian telco, Telstra , has launched seven live streaming 24/7 channels from its IPTV service, BigPond TV, on connected TV's from LG Electronics and on connected TV's, Blu-ray players and home theater systems from Samsung. The channels are accessed via LG's NetCast and Samsung's Samsung Apps platforms.

The channels, which are offered free-of-charge and which are delivered over-the-top using adaptive bitrate technology from video optimization and content security specialist, Widevine (thus avoiding...