Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2007
launches beta of its online video service, offering viewers a vast selection of streaming, on-demand, premium programming on a free, ad-supported basis. Hulu content includes full-length current and archived television programming as well as clips and an initial selection of feature films.
Hulu announced it has signed licensing deals with MGM and Sony Pictures Television, marking a major milestone in its mission to bring consumers the most comprehensive selection of premium video content online. A collection of over 40 television shows from Sony will be made available at Hulu.com, while full-length television shows and feature films from MGM will be available through the Hulu service. Hulu will also offer content from two leading broadcast networks (Fox and NBC), over 15 cable networks (Bravo, E! Entertainment, FX, Sci Fi, USA, and more), four of the largest Studios (Fox, MGM, Sony and Universal) and a broad array of independent, web-centric content providers. In addition, Hulu announced content partnerships with such leading programmers as Reveille, Smithsonian Networks, and World Wrestling Entertainment.
Hulu also announced it has closed a $100 million investment from private equity firm Providence Equity Partners, the leading global private equity firm specializing in media, entertainment, communications and information companies.
While Hulu.com is debuting in private beta, consumers will be able to also visit Hulu’s vast network of distribution partner websites: AOL, Comcast's Fancast.com, MSN, MySpace and Yahoo! to enjoy the extensive library of premium long-form and clip content. Together, these companies represent some of the most visited web destinations, bringing content to consumers where they are already spending much of their time. Each distribution partner features a unique, customized video player, ensuring a seamless viewing experience on all of their sites. Additionally, users can embed videos throughout the web, including their own site, in order to further extend distribution.
Hulu has partnered with a strong lineup of content providers including Bravo, CNET, Comedy Time, E! Entertainment Television, Ford Models, Fox Atomic, Fox Reality, FX Networks, FUEL TV, G4, Golf Channel, IGN, Movieola, National Geographic, Oxygen, SPEED, Sundance Channel, Sci Fi Network, The Fight Network, The Style Network, X17 Online, USA Network, Versus and more.
Dedicated to providing users with an enhanced online video experience, Hulu.com offers an elegant interface that makes content the central focus. At the same time, innovative features allow users to enjoy, share, and embed videos in new and exciting ways. The beta period will give users an opportunity to test the service and provide valuable feedback which will help to shape the Hulu service.
To sign up for the private beta, viewers can go to http://www.hulu.com
Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2007
Comedy Central has been working on the new home of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart". The website, thedailyshow.com
, features video clips from every episode dating back to 1999, the year Jon Stewart took over the reins of "The Daily Show," and will be expanded to include the show's entire video history, totaling well over 13,000 high-quality clips. The Daily Show
website can be found in our directory of websites.
Visitors to thedailyshow.com can watch video clips from last night's show, the week's best moments and videos spanning the full Jon Stewart era -- including guest interviews, correspondent segments and a myriad of other highlights, including many clips never seen since their original airing. In addition, the site will extend the users' experience with episode synopses, correspondent (past and present) profile pages, embeddable video, games, downloads, mobile content and merchandise. In addition thedailyshow.com will feature one-click bookmarking and link-sharing with sites such as Facebook, digg.com, del.icio.us and Fark.com.
With extensive tagging, themed playlists, specialized search tools and video-sharing capabilities, thedailyshow.com offers fans an enriched, cross- indexed experience that makes it simple to revisit popular past segments such as "This Week in God," "Even Stevphen," every Beth Littleford and Steve Carell piece, as well as all current and past correspondent pieces.
In addition to thedailyshow.com homepage offering last night's show clips, last week's segments, and upcoming guests, the site will also feature "The Wayback Randomizer," which will randomly pick a clip from any show 1999 to present with a click of a button; and "The Daily Show in the News," featuring press coverage that relates to show In other media.
Upcoming thedailyshow.com features will include detachable video playback, which will allow the user to both view a video clip and to continue browsing the site; a wiki that will empower fans to enhance the information on the site; user-generated playlists; and a public forum.
Posted on Friday, June 29, 2007
VH1 joins Princes William and Harry in commemorating the life of their mother, the late Diana, Princess of Wales, with the "Concert for Diana," broadcast live from Wembley Stadium on her birthday Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. EDT and 8:00 a.m. PDT.
Music fans will be able to enjoy the concert across a variety of VH1 platforms. The 6-hour concert will be broadcast live in its entirety on VH1, be streamed live on VH1.com and be simulcast on MHD: Music High-Definition, MTV Network's high-definition music channel. The concert will also air on VH1 Classic starting one hour after the live concert ends. In addition to the live online stream, the concert will be available for on-demand viewing at VH1.com following the event.
Elton John, Duran Duran, Bryan Ferry, Lily Allen, Kanye West, Rod Stewart, Natasha Bedingfield, The Feeling, James Morrison, Orson and Status Quo, The English National Ballet, Joss Stone and Andrew Lloyd Webber are among the artists who have been personally invited by Prince William and Prince Harry to perform at the concert. Nelly Furtado, P. Diddy, Tom Jones, Take That, Will Young and the legendary voice of Supertramp Roger Hodgson have just been added to the growing line-up. VH1's Aamer Haleem will bring the day's performers to you from behind the scenes along with a special guest host.
Both Princes are organizing the concert and chairing an Advisory Board made up of leading figures from the worlds of media, entertainment and leisure.
"Though we both (Harry and I) wanted to put our stamp on this concert, we also wanted it to represent exactly what our mother would have wanted," said Prince William. "We want to have a big concert full of energy, full of the sort of fun and happiness she enjoyed. And on her birthday as well, it's got to be the best birthday present she ever had."
Proceeds from this international music and entertainment event will go to a number of charities that were supported by The Princess during her life, and two of the Prince's own charities -- Centerpoint and Sentebale. Diana's charities, which will benefit from the concert, are part of The Diana Memorial Fund, which was set up in her memory and five charities of which she was patron at the time of her death -- The Royal Marsden Hospital, The National Aids Trust, Great Ormond Street Hospital, The Leprosy Mission, and The English National Ballet.
To watch the concert live online, click here
Posted on Friday, June 22, 2007
Will Ferrell and his 2 year-old co-star Pearl from FunnyorDie.com's award-winning video "The Landlord," will reunite once again in "Good Cop, Baby Cop," an exclusive new video premiering Monday, June 25 at (8:00 PM) on Funny or Die
, the funniest place on the web. In the video, Ferrell portrays "Angel," a hard-nosed criminal who refuses to cooperate with the police, leaving them no choice but to call in their toughest lieutenant -- a baby cop, known in the precinct as "The Confession Machine."
Funny or Die is a new video website that launched in April of 2007 and is already one of the most visited comedy sites on the web. A key ingredient of the site's success is its focus on a new genre of content: the raw and experimental look and feel of user-generated video, turbocharged with celebrity talent. "The Landlord," a video featuring Funny or Die founders Will Ferrell and Adam McKay has been viewed over 35 million times.
"Good Cop, Baby Cop" marks Pearl's farewell performance. The 2 year-old, who rose to stardom following "The Landlord's" debut on Funny or Die this past April, is retiring.
"My ventures as an actor on the internet have been rewarding and spiritually fulfilling, but now I must look to broader challenges as I approach my 26th month," says Pearl. "I shall always reflect upon these days with much fondness, and also, I have no idea what I just said, and I want banana-nana and the upside down show."
The full 4 minute 3 second video "Good Cop Baby Cop" can only be seen at Funny or Die.
Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Viewers and Broadcasters Can Now Find Live Streaming Content Online from a Single Location
Find Internet TV™, a leading directory and guide of sites broadcasting video online, announces the launch of its program Listings for live Internet TV. The Find Internet TV Listings is the first to provide Internet users a programming grid to find live online video content. The Listings is visible at Find Internet TV (http://www.findinternettv.com/Listings.aspx
) and contains schedules for a wide variety of quality programming from around the world, including entertainment television, sporting events, music, and news.
"Online video, whether live or on-demand, is expanding immensely, and it has become increasingly difficult for viewers to locate the content they want to watch online. While a number of companies and sites have made their focus to index video clips on the Web, they've left live streaming video on the sidelines," says Curtis Sund, Founder of Find Internet TV. "With our live Internet TV Listings, users now have the ability to visit one central destination for complete and updated lineup of live online content."
Find Internet TV's program grid provides a high quality user experience through an easy-to-navigate, feature-rich format. Users have the ability to jump hour-by-hour through the grid or to specific dates and times. In addition, users can save their favorite Internet TV channels for easy access.
The Find Internet TV Listings includes sites broadcasting from all over the world, in different languages, and in different time zones. To provide the best end-user experience, the site automatically adjusts all program runtimes to match the viewer's time zone.
"The number of viewers who are looking for live television content on the Internet is tremendous and ever-growing. We have witnessed it through our directory and search engine when live events take place. This first-of-its-kind live Internet TV Listings is a win-win solution for both viewers and content providers," said Birgit Schelzel, Marketing Manager for Find Internet TV.
Content providers will benefit from the Listings through increased visibility of their live programming and a clear representation of their offering throughout the day. Users that click to view the program are sent directly to the content provider's Web site and, in many cases, to the video landing page. The programming schedule can be easily maintained by authorized representatives via a backend application.
Sites with a live programming schedule that wish to be added to the directory or wish to advertise within the program grid, please contact us
About Find Internet TV
Find Internet TV is a one-stop-shop for locating sites broadcasting video online by providing a feature-rich directory and program Listings for live content. Find Internet TV searches, categorizes, tags, and files sites across all genres and of all sizes, ranging from large media networks to user-generated video blogs. To learn more about Find Internet TV, visit www.findinternettv.com
Posted on Friday, February 9, 2007
Anne Sweeney, co-chair of Disney Media Networks, spoke at Disney's investor conference today and said their ABC Internet TV player has already sold out its advertising inventory for the first and second quarter of 2007. According to Disney, about 50 million requests have been made since September for episodes on their player.
The ABC Internet TV player currently shows episodes of Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Lost, Ugly Betty, and other prime-time shows the day after they air. Disney has said they will expand on that and begin including national and local news later this year.
Disney also said they will enhance the broadband player to allow for picture size and bandwidth adjustment.
Posted on Thursday, October 26, 2006
Comcast and Sony look to add a little fright to the Halloween season and beyond by launching a new platform, called FearNet, to provide video content via cellphones, Comcast's video-on-demand service, and the Internet.
FearNet will feature over 200 horror films from Lions Gate, Sony Pictures, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The movies will be free using the Comcast On Demand service and FearNet web site.
"Next week on Halloween we'll unveil the new multiplatform network available on video-on-demand, on line and wireless devices. This is FearNet and it will be dedicated to the best of horror programming. There are a lot of good things coming out of our content division and we congratulate the group on all the progress they've made," said Executive Vice President John Alchin of Comcast.
The FearNet web site, http://www.fear.net/
, will launch on October 31st for Halloween. Users will be able to watch free movies online in addition to other content including movie previews and clips such as the Saw 3 trailer. The FearNet web site will also allow viewers to chat while watching horror videos.
Officials at Comcast said FearNet represents the future of their blended solution: offering programming over the Internet and via video-on-demand.
The companies look to profit from the new venture selling advertising on the web site and by providing the on-demand service to other cable companies.
Posted on Monday, October 23, 2006
MLB.TV is allowing baseball fans all over th world to catch the 2006 World Series action online. (Finally, an organization that gets it!) Baseball fans in the United States, Canada, Guam, US Virgin Islands, South Korea and Japan will be able to watch the full game after it is played due to blackout restrictions.
Fans outside of these countries will be able to catch all of the action during the World Series live. MLB.TV
You too can join the millions of fans who are watching live baseball games online. MLB has created the online distribution site MLB.TV to broadcast live every out-of-market baseball game. Users have the ability to purchase a monthly subscription and catch over 300 live out-of-market baseball games online or a season subscription that provides access to watch every out-of-market baseball game. Subscribers also can choose from a huge selection of archived on-demand games. Please note that local and national blackout restrictions do apply. Please check MLB TV for more information.
Posted on Monday, September 18, 2006
On September 8th, the National Football League and Yahoo! announced they will enable football and sports fans around the world to watch live NFL games on the Internet. Unfortunately, that service is only available to fans outside of North America. If you are one of the lucky ones, check out NFL Game Pass below. NFL Game Pass
(Outside North America)
NFL Game Pass will allow football fans outside of North America to watch nearly every NFL game live and in its entirety online. NFL games broadcasted online will be streamed at up to 700 kbps. The new online subscription service will charge fans a fee of $24.99 per week or $249.99 for the entire 17-week NFL regular season, and each game will also be available in archived format up to 24 hours after its conclusion.
Here are some sites to follow the scoreboard and watch NFL video highlights. NFL.com
NFL.com features online video covering the latest news and stories in the NFL. Free NFL.com video clips showcase the Network's signature show, NFL Total Access, the Best of NFL Films, special features such as In Their Own Words, Playbook, Point After, and much more. Be sure to check back on a daily basis for new video on NFL.com.
Posted on Monday, September 18, 2006
College Football - CSTV XXL
CSTV has launched more than 100 Internet TV channels dedicated to live college sports. The service is called CSTV XXL and covers live events, whether it be college football, basketball, volleyball, soccer, baseball, and more. Each Internet TV channel will be a "virtual arena" -- a seamless Internet experience offering a total of more than 10,000 live events and includes audio, video and live data feeds of college sports scores, highlights, interviews, press conferences, news, features, archived games, plus ticketing, e-commerce and much more.
Sports fans can also follow a specific college athletic program and create customizable Internet TV channels on CSTV's All- Access suite of more than 100 colleges including Auburn, BYU, Memphis, Miami, Navy, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Stanford, Tennessee, Tulane, Villanova, UCLA, UNLV, USC and Washington.
Not all games will be free to watch and listen. You have the option to pay a monthly or annual fee for a specific college's CSTV "All-Access" pass or you can purchase a CSTV XXL Premium pass, which offers access to all 100+ college sports channels. ESPN GamePlan
ESPN GamePlan is one of the best college football packages and it is now available online. ESPN GamePlan is a pay-per-view service that lets sports fans watch all the college football action online. The 2006 schedule will include more than 150 games (10-15 games per week), featuring teams from conferences such as the ACC, BIG EAST, Big Ten, Big 12, Sun Belt, MAC, Pac-10, SEC, WAC and more.
Additionally, ESPN GamePlan allows fans to watch all archived non-ABC GamePlan games exclusively online. ESPN360
ESPN360 will broadcast several college footbal games live via their online TV service. Some of the football games will be exclusive to the online channel. ESPN360 will also provide on-demand game scores, highlights, statistics, analysis, and interviews with players and coaches.