VOD News & Links - 5/21May 21, 2010

VOD News & Links - 5/21


On Demand Weekly rounds up stories affecting the On Demand TV / VOD Industry.

Google TV: Everything You Need To Know

Many companies have tried this and failed. Google thinks this time is different because it is totally open. You can surf the web any which way you want. You can see videos from Netflix, Amazon, YouTube or cable all in one interface... (SF Chronicle)


Wall Street Loves Cable … Still

Merrill Lynch media analyst Jessica Reif Cohen was equally bullish on cable’s growth prospects, adding that the move by many MSOs to go all-digital could unlock additional bandwidth for video on demand, HD, additional ethnic programming and higherspeed data service.

“Going all digital has and will have a huge positive impact,” Reif Cohen said. “There is an $8 billion [video] rental market that should be cable’s.”…
(Multichannel News)


Filmmakers Tread Softly on Early Release to Cable

A little over a week ago, the movie business got its eagerly sought permission to activate technology to protect new releases from being copied if they were sold through video-on-demand systems before being issued on DVD

Now comes the hard part: finding a studio brave enough to risk war with theater owners by trying it...
.(New York Times)

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