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July 19, 2010

Hulu Plus available on the PS3

by David Allen
In the US, the owners of PS3s will soon be able to access the Hulu Plus video on demand service, following an agreement between the video service provider and the maker of the PS3, Sony. The application is easy enough to download to the device from the Playstation Store but, unlike Hulu, Hulu Plus is not going to be ...



May 6, 2010

Sky to remodel Anytime

by David Allen
As far as video on demand goes, Sky Anytime does not really cut it when compared with the other broadcasters' services, but all that is about to change, as the satellite broadcaster will be rolling out a new version of Anytime, Sky Anytime+. Currently the Sky+ HD subscriber has access to Anytime through the electronic programme guide (EPG) but ...



May 5, 2010

Virgin Media VoD tops 200m

by David Allen
On demand video is quietly growing, and according to the results released by cable TV, broadband and phone service provider Virgin Media, the first quarter of the year was a record breaking year for VoD. The first three months of 2010 saw the number of homes regularly accessing video on demand services grow to 2.1 million, which is sixty ...



April 15, 2010

VOD comes to Tata Sky+ PVR

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News With competitors starting to launch their own PVR services, Indian DTH operator Tata Sky is launching video-on-demand services through its Tata Sky+ PVR, thus keeping its point of differentiation. Until now, Tata Sky has been the only Indian operator to offer a PVR. But Bharti Airtel last week announced it would also offer PVR services, based also ...



March 24, 2010

OFT to view Project Canvas

by David Allen
Following the recent criticism of the multi channel funded video-on-demand service known as Project Canvas by other media providers, such as BSkyB and Virgin Media, it now looks as if the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) may be looking into the service. Project Canvas is the next step up from the doomed Project Kangaroo. It is backed by the ...



ITV has no deals with YouTube or Hulu

by David Allen
The way things are going there will be no escape from programming that used to be restricted to the TV sitting in the corner of the room. Video on demand has created a huge market place where current and classic TV can be viewed as and when needed. However, according to ITV’s director of online and interactive TV, Ben ...



March 23, 2010

Anyplex signs VoD deal with Sony Pictures Television

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News Hong Kong video-on-demand operator Anyplex has signed a content licensing deal with Sony Pictures Television (SPT) for new and library movies. SPT is the first Hollywood studio to sign a deal with Anyplex. Anyplex offers an internet protocol-based on-demand offering. Subscribers equipped with an Anyplex-embedded integrated digital TV or set-top box will be able to access “the ...



March 19, 2010

Studios get together for VoD project

by David Allen
The decline of DVD sales is hurting the film studios as DVD was an added bonus after films had finished their runs at the cinemas. One idea that appears to be working is on-demand and in the US a massive $30 million marketing campaign has started, in order to show the consumer that video-on-demand is the way to go, ...



March 18, 2010

Disney to offer mobile VoD in UK

by David Allen
A new deal agreed between the On Demand Group and the Walt Disney Company UK will see subscribers of the video on demand service being able to access whole series of hit TV shows through the mobile TV service provided by 3. Through this deal, subscribers will be getting access to the likes of Lost, Desperate Housewives, Greys Anatomy ...



March 12, 2010

Dell Mini 5 comes with VoD

by David Allen
One of the ways to keep customers happy is to offer them more, preferably without charging too much for it either. One company that is good at doing this is Dell, and in order to attract new customers the company is offering the new Dell Mini 5 tablet computer with a special deal on content. Little is known about the ...



March 11, 2010

Microsoft launches VoD service

by David Allen
Microsoft officially launched the MSN Video Player today. This is a service said to rival that of the BBC iPlayer but in reality these are two different services altogether. The BBC iPlayer offers the user a catch up service of programmes that have been shown during the previous week, but the MSN Video Player offers thousands of hours of ...



March 9, 2010

Hybrid TV signals VOD focus

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News Hybrid TV, the Australiasian licensee of TiVo products, is hiring a chief sales officer to target retailers and to develop the company’s on-demand business away from TiVo boxes. An accompanying restructure of the business will “take Hybrid TV from being purely a TiVo licensee to a Video on Demand and interactive ...



March 8, 2010

Oscar Shorts available via VoD

by David Allen
The short film category for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards or, as they are more commonly known, the Oscars, is ideal for video on demand. Clearly online TV suits these short films and therefore offering them to the public would appear to be a good move. Magnolia Pictures and Shorts International are teaming up to ...



February 26, 2010

Orange TV improves

by David Allen
Orange TV, part of the huge France Telecom organisation, has announced that its total European digital TV subscriber base has grown by a massive fifty three per cent to 3.217 million during the past year. In France, which is of course the key area for France Telecom, Orange TV performed well, showing an incredible forty seven per cent increase ...



CBS VoD deal for Five

by David Allen
The terrestrial TV channel Five has announced that is has signed an agreement with the US based TV network CBS. The deal will mean that the channel's video on demand service, TV.com, will be able to provide Five’s content such as Neighbours, Home and Away and the UK’s own The Gadget Show. TV.com users will be able to access the ...



February 18, 2010

Red Bee Media hired by Five

by David Allen
Video-on-demand content and online TV are becoming ever more popular, providing an opportunity for other broadcasters to capitalise on a growing market, but for some broadcasters this could be a huge mountain to climb. Hence the reason channel Five has brought in Red Bee Media to handle its video-on-demand and other digital content. Under this deal, Red Bee Media will ...



February 9, 2010

DTG switches sides on BBC Canvas

by David Allen
It was not that long ago when the Digital TV Group looked as if it was backing the multi channel video on demand (VoD) service Project Canvas. But now it seems that the industry body, which represents companies like BSkyB, Dixons, Freeview, Pace and Samsung, is switching sides and is opposing the launch of Project Canvas because it is ...



February 2, 2010

Virgin Media record for VoD

by David Allen
The cable and broadband provider Virgin Media is celebrating a fifty per cent increase on the year for its video on demand services. During the month of December the company saw a six per cent increase in views on the previous month, taking the total up to seventy six million for the month and a massive seven hundred and ...



February 1, 2010

SeeSaw gets new content

by David Allen
The on demand video player known as SeeSaw has so far managed to attract over three thousand hours worth of content, as it gets ready for the expected launch in March. The material is believed to be from BBC Worldwide, Channel Four and Five, as well some independent content from Shed Media and TalkBack Thames. This means that the users of SeeSaw ...



January 28, 2010

VoD could fuel online advertising

by David Allen
With the increased interest in watching TV via the internet, many producers and broadcasters have been using this to their advantage as it offers another platform from where they are able to deliver content direct to the consumer. However it is not just the broadcasters that have seen online TV as being an interesting opportunity, so too have the ...



January 19, 2010

VoD film market set to expand

by David Allen
Sometimes it is possible to gauge how a market is going to move in the future by what happens in the US today. This could be true when it comes to video on demand (VoD). The market has been in the making for several years, but due to advances in technology and faster broadband speeds it seems VoD is on ...



January 18, 2010

Sundance to use VoD for films

by David Allen
The Sundance Film Festival 2010 will be taking a new initiative by making three of the festival's films available to around forty million households in the US through a new video on demand (VoD) service called Sundance Selects. The films will be available for viewing for thirty days, which gives the film fans a chance to see these new ...



January 12, 2010

Broadcasters face VoD advertising challenge

by David Allen
Broadcasters could be losing out on millions of pounds worth of advertising though their video on demand (VoD) services. According to a report prepared by the accountancy firm Price Waterhouse Coopers, if broadcasters do not effectively monetise their VoD offerings, they could be losing out on a massive £280 million annual advertising bonanza. The report also estimates that VoD will ...



January 7, 2010

Sale of STBs slows

by David Allen
It seems that the set top box market is slowing, following a good period of growth that was sustained even throughout the financial downturn. Following a study carried out by Infonetics Research, three reports have been produced covering the digital TV market. The global set top box market has dropped by six per cent over the last quarter. The market ...



January 6, 2010

Warner launches VoD service in Europe

by David Allen
The big studios from the US have finally realised that there is money to be made through on demand services and so one studio, Warner Bros, is to make changes to how it makes its content available in Europe. The normal process, after a film has finished its run at cinemas, is that the film comes out on DVD ...



January 4, 2010

On Demand deal for UPC

by David Allen
The Dutch broadcaster UPC is launching a new video on demand service following an agreement with Universal Networks International, that will include content from the two popular US channels 13th Street and the SyFy channel. Content will include 'Dexter', 'Sleeper Cell', 'The Wire' and 'Flashpoint' from 13th Street, and 'Star Trek: Enterprise', 'Sanctuary', 'Primeval' and 'Dr Who' from the ...



December 29, 2009

TV VoD will beat broadband VoD

by David Allen
According to recent research it would appear that Video on Demand (VoD) through the television is likely to outperform the traditional method of receiving VoD through a computer. The research, carried out by WPP's Kantar Media, studied responses from a survey called FutureProof, which asked around 2,500 people aged over 12 about their viewing habits. The responses included 453 Virgin ...



December 22, 2009

Ofcom publishes VoD rule book

by David Allen
The UK media regulator has released its new rules on video on demand (VoD) services. This report covers the regulation and framework for the future provision of these services. It comes as the same sort of rules are being released through the European Audiovisual Media Services Directive. This means that services such as the BBC’s iPlayer and other VoD services ...



December 3, 2009

BT Vision signs VoD deal with NBC

by David Allen
BT Vision, the TV broadcaster arm of broadband and phone provider BT, has announced that it has reached an agreement with NBC Universal International Television Distribution which will mean more choice for BT Vision subscribers. This deal is just one of a few that BT Vision has signed with major content providers. Only a few months ago it signed ...



November 26, 2009

VoD boost for Freesat

by Janet Harris
The Freesat satellite TV service will offer on-demand content, with the BBC's iPlayer launching in beta on Freesat from December 7, and the ITV Player launching in the first half of 2010. The services will eventually be available to viewers with an HDTV with integrated Freesat, or a Freesat HD box and ethernet connection, although the iPlayer beta will initially only ...



Virgin Media on demand to get adverts

by David Allen
Following in line with other on-demand services, such as the ITV Player and 4oD, Virgin Media will be placing relevant advertising on its on-demand service. This advertising will be rolled out on the content previously aired on Bravo, Living and of course Virgin 1. The advertising will be quite simple, with beauty products being shown before and after “Britain’s Next ...



November 12, 2009

3DTV Festival planned by Virgin Media

by David Allen
Virgin Media is going for 3D TV in a big way following public trials in the Virgin Media store in London. It seems that either Virgin Media has a taste for 3D TV, or it is attempting to force Sky TV into showing its 3D TV hand. Whatever the reason, Virgin Media is now planning a 3D TV Festival ...



October 5, 2009

Arqiva sticks with SeeSaw

by Janet Harris
Seesaw has been officially confirmed as the name of Arqiva’s new online VoD service. Seesaw is built on the former Project Kangaroo platform, a planned joint venture between the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and BT, which was blocked by the Competition Commission. Now it seems that Arqiva has not only acquired the technology, but the name too, as Seesaw was the suggested ...



October 2, 2009

Five may charge for VoD on Project Canvas

by Janet Harris
As part of its current interest in the pay-TV market, Five is considering plans to launch a video on demand (VoD) service on Project Canvas. The channel would charge for VoD on the Project Canvas platform, which is built on open standards and allows manufacturers to use the platform’s specification to create their own set-top boxes which plug directly into the ...



September 15, 2009

Ofcom reveals VoD regulation consultation

by David Allen
The providers of digital TV in the UK will be bracing themselves, as the long awaited consultation on the future of on-demand digital TV services is published by the regulator Ofcom. This consultation directly affects all of the main providers of on-demand TV services, including BT, Sky and Virgin Media. Whatever the proposed changes in the provision of on demand ...



September 7, 2009

Arqiva appoints new VOD boss

by Alan Harten
Arqiva announced yesterday that John Keeling, the former UKTV Controller and COO, will take on the position of Platform Controller for the company’s new VOD service. Part of Keeling’s new job description will be overseeing marketing functions such as brand development for the VOD service as well as oversight of the programming for the new service. Additionally, Keeling will be in charge ...



September 1, 2009

Living player heading to Virgin Media

by David Allen
The Living channel is planning to launch the Living Player, allowing viewers to watch on demand content. Living will be launching to the Player on Virgin Media this autumn, where it will allow the user to watch any programme that has been aired during the last seven days, as well as providing access to the channel's archived content. Living ...



August 28, 2009

Channel 4 signs up with Arqiva

by David Allen
Kangaroo is definitely bouncing back with a vengeance now that Arqiva has confirmed that it has completed a deal to acquire the technology that would have powered the joint venture between the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five. According to the Daily Telegraph, it seems that it is full steam ahead too when it comes to acquiring content, as ...



August 26, 2009

Arqiva gets new CEO for VoD

by David Allen
Pierre-Jean Sebert the former managing director of Eurosport UK is to be appointed as the new CEO of the video on demand (VoD) service from Arqiva. Arqiva's VoD has been developed using the infrastructure of the old Project Kangaroo - that found it hard to be sanctioned by the competition commission and so was shelved by the project's partners, ...



Hulu deal could be just a week away

by David Allen
The US video on demand (VoD) service, Hulu, has been having tough talks with the UK commercial broadcaster ITV, but it seems that there could now be some light at the end of the tunnel, in fact a deal could be announced as early as next week. However, this is not going to be the deal that brings Hulu ...



August 11, 2009

Faster broadband does not encourage online TV viewing

by David Allen
The growth of video on demand (VoD) has been fuelled by the rollout of broadband and therefore is should also be in line with broadband connection speeds, as a faster service means faster downloading times. Yet according to a survey conducted by YouGov and Deloitte for the Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival, faster broadband speeds will not necessarily ...



July 30, 2009

Microsoft and BBC announce VoD Deal

by Janet Harris
Microsoft has entered into a deal with BBC Worldwide and All3Media which marks the software giant’s entry into the UK VoD market. This could be a good time to make a move into this area, where there is currently a huge demand for new content. Through its MSN Video Player, due to launch next week, the latest deal allows Microsoft to offer ...



July 29, 2009

Arqiva buys up the assets of Kangaroo

by David Allen
The broadcast infrastructure firm Arqiva has paid an estimated £8 million for the technology behind the failed BBC Worldwide, ITV and Channel Four video on demand (VoD) joint venture, Project Kangaroo. Arqiva which is a shareholder in the free to view digital TV service Freeview, plans to use the Project Kangaroo platform to offer a brand new VoD service ...



July 27, 2009

Hulu bounces back after Kangaroo failure

by David Allen
In the US, the video on demand service Hulu currently attracts around twenty four million users per month and while a UK launch has been anticipated, it has never materialised. The reasons for this are the tight regulations in practice. However, despite the reservations it seems that Hulu will be making the jump across the Atlantic because of the ...



June 30, 2009

Picture Box HD for Virgin Media

by David Allen
The cable broadband and TV provider, Virgin Media, will be adding to its video on demand services by offering its customers access to a service from Universal Pictures known as PictureBox. PictureBox will become available in July and will offer a selection of films, some of which will be in High Definition. This is the first time that HD content ...



June 18, 2009

IPTV booming in Germany

by Alan Harten
According to new figures released at the BITKOM IPTV summit in Berlin, the amount of German households that receive IPTV services is rapidly growing, with 1.2 million households projected to receive IPTV by the end of 2009 and an even more stunning projection of 1.8 million by 2010. This is a large jump given that BITKOM estimated there were only 180,000 ...



June 9, 2009

Channel Four content for free

by David Allen
Channel Four will be putting much of its back catalogue online for viewers to watch episodes of their favourite TV shows. In the case of long running series that have almost become cult shows, the fans will no longer have to pay out for those expensive DVD boxed sets, as they will be able to go online and watch ...



June 2, 2009

Microsoft's cost effective Mediaroom IPTV

by Alan Harten
Microsoft has announced plans to make the Mediaroom IPTV a cost effective solution for small business users as well as larger clients. Microsoft aims to complete this goal by making the Mediaroom IPTV platform offer full virtualization capabilities including virtualized support capabilities. Thus, the Mediaroom platform will provide users with hardware at 80% less than typically needed and reduced management budgets, while ...



May 21, 2009

Orange pulls out of Kangaroo

by David Allen
When the competition commission crushed Project Kangaroo the on demand service created by BBC Worldwide, ITV and Channel Four it seemed that was the end of that idea. However, shortly afterwards it turned out that Orange the mobile and broadband provider was interested in the technology behind Project Kangaroo. Now it seems that in an announcement by Oranges parent ...



April 16, 2009

Virgin Media trials VoD adverts

by David Allen
Virgin Media has completed a successful trial of targeted advertising on its Media VoD service, where a hundred thousand subscribers in North London were subjected to advertising that suits every individual household. Over half of those household in the trial had a positive outlook to the VoD adverts, although sixty five per cent of the customers preferred those adverts ...