The Pink Ribbon CampaignSeptember 22, 2009


The Pink Ribbon Campaign
Breastcancer.org and Comcast have partnered together for the 3rd Annual Pink Ribbon Campaign, an original video-on-demand and online initiative. From September 21 - November 2, Comcast VOD subscribers will have free access to inspirational programs for women who are fighting or have survived breast cancer from the participating networks:

  • Bio Channel
  • Discovery Health
  • Exercise TV
  • HBO
  • Lifetime Television
  • Parents TV
  • Showtime

Highlights include…
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On Demand News & LinksNovember 09, 2009


On Demand News & Links

IFC Films

ODW rounds up stories affecting the VOD Industry.

 

Comcast boasts new releases on-demand, same day as DVD

Comcast announced ten blockbuster movies available this month on-demand, day-and-date with the Blu-ray and DVD releases. Some titles available simultaneously with disc releases include The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3,  Brüno, and Angels & Demons, and all available in both standard and high-definition quality... (HD Report)

Why VOD is turning into a profitable avenue for indie filmmakers

VOD is certainly here to stay and growing at 20 percent annually, according to recent industry estimates, which has prompted more and more distribution companies, from the biggest studios to the smallest indies, to stake their future on it... (Filmmaker Magazine)

Success stories for video-on-demand

Low-budget supernatural thriller "Dark Mirror" premiered at the New York Latino Film Fest in 2007. Since then, it hasn't played in a single U.S. theater, but it's become the top-selling title in IFC's video-on-demand library, racking up an estimated 110,000-120,000 buys... (Variety)
 

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On Demand News & LinksDecember 07, 2009


On Demand News & Links

Warner Brothers

ODW rounds up stories affecting the VOD Industry.
 

Thanksgiving weekend had highest transactions in history

By far the biggest VOD rental boost came Thanksgiving weekend, when Four Christmases, Angels & Demons, G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra and Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs all debuted on VOD. “Thanksgiving week was our single highest week ever for transactional movies and VOD,” Comcast senior VP and general manager of video and entertainment services Derek Harrar said.…(Video Business)
 

 

Pushing VOD to the Edge

Comcast's Project Infinity, for example, is aiming to vastly scale up the amount of video on demand to someday deliver 100,000 or more choices, at least five times what the operator currently offers....(MultiChannel News)
 

 

Web-TV Divide Is Back in Focus With NBC Sale

“Hollywood needs a toll collector,” said Todd Dagres of the venture capital firm Spark Capital, and “Comcast can play the part because online video will erode traditional cable.”:..(New York Times)

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On Demand News & Links - 12/14December 15, 2009


On Demand News & Links - 12/14

Syfy

ODW rounds up stories affecting the VOD Industry.

 

Nielsen: Top 10 "Timeshifted" Primetime TV Programs Rank Programs

1 Battlestar Galactica  SYFY 59.4
2 Mad Men AMC 57.7
3 Damages FX 56.3…

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On Demand News & Links - 12/21December 21, 2009


On Demand News & Links - 12/21

IFC Films

ODW rounds up stories affecting the VOD Industry.

Comcast launches 100th VOD day and date with DVD

“More than 100 times this year, there was no faster way to watch a new release movie at home than with Comcast On Demand,” said Derek Harrar, senior VP/general manager of video and entertainment services for Comcast. “We pioneered day and date, so we’re thrilled that our studio partners were able to nearly triple our day-and-date movie offerings in favor of our customers.”...(Video Business)

 

Independent Film in 2009: An Analysis Through Quarter 3

Turning to (Video On Demand) distributors, the most prolific were Magnolia Pictures, IFC Films, and Sony. In Q1-Q3, Magnolia released 21 new specialty titles, followed by IFC with 19, and Sony with 17, mostly through Sony Pictures Classics. The next closest was Here Films with 11. Signifying the rise of video-on-demand (VOD), all of IFC’s releases, and nearly half of Magnolia’s, were released in tandem with a VOD release......(Blogger News Network)

 

A Christmas (and Hanukah) List to Help Save Independent Film

Support Indie Films on Video On Demand. An emerging distribution outlet for many indies is day and date VOD, in which the film is available in a few theaters across the US and simultaneously available on VOD. Unfortunately, many VOD menus favor studio films and make it difficult to find independents. However, if you look, you can find them. Check out IFC, Film Buff and other new independently oriented VOD channels. When you find a new film, invite your friends over and watch it together one night this holiday season. By initiating yourself and your friends into the VOD experience, hopefully you will continue to use it as a way to watch independent movies which will in turn support them...(Huffington Post)

 

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Shakira Shakes Video On DemandDecember 22, 2009


Shakira Shakes Video On Demand

Epic

The year might almost be over for us but Shakira's 2009 is still going on.  Five months after her latest disc - She Wolf - was released, Shakira teamed up with Comcast on December 15th to provide her fans, her soon-to-be-fans, and those who are just curious a special Shakira channel on Comcast On Demand available through December 31, 2010.

“On Demand allows another way for me to connect with my fans,” said Shakira. “My American fans can now see and hear me whenever they like."

 

The videos offered contain every single phase of her career, from Spanish singing folk-pop singer to scantily clad belly dancing vixen to her current status as globally famous dance-pop queen.  Among many of the songs offered by Comcast On Demand are:

 

-Hips Don't Lie
-Whenever, Wherever
-Underneath Your Clothes

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On Demand News & Links - 1/12January 11, 2010


On Demand News & Links - 1/12

Summit Entertainment

ODW rounds up stories affecting the VOD Industry.
 

Twilight reigned as top Verizon FiOS VOD renter

Even some of the fourth quarter’s biggest releases weren’t enough to knock Summit Entertainment’s Twilight out of the top spot for video-on-demand release of 2009 on Verizon FiOS...(Video Business)

 

Comcast 'Police Blotter' VOD Has Nabbed 90 Fugitives To Date

“D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, "This creative partnership between the Metropolitan Police Department and Comcast will give District residents the unique opportunity to take action and work together with law enforcement to help reduce crime."  (MultiChannel News)

 

The decade in television: Cable, the Internet become players

One thing, however, will remain the same: There's no such thing as a free program. People who think otherwise, who think they'll be able to see any show they want without watching ads or forking over some fee, are kidding themselves. You'll pay for shows in the coming decade, or you'll no longer have them....(USA Today)

 

 

 

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24 - Finally On Demand!February 11, 2010


24 - Finally On Demand!

Fox

FOX SERIES “24” SEASONS ONE THROUGH SEVEN AVAILABLE ON DEMAND

Comcast Customers Can Catch-Up On All the Past Seasons of the Highly-Acclaimed Series
 
Today, Comcast announced that its digital customers can catch-up on every episode from every past season of the hugely popular, award-winning series “24” On Demand now...
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World Cup On DemandJune 14, 2010


World Cup On Demand

ESPN

Were you one of the few people at work today who didn't see the US vs England World Cup match this weekend? Never fear if you're a Comcast digital cable subscriber. You can watch a replay of the exciting match in its entirety along with other matches throughout the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

 

PRESS RELEASE

COMCAST DELIVERS WORLD CUP IN NEXT-GENERATION 3D
 
Extensive World Cup Experience Also Available In HD, English, Spanish -- Live, On Demand and Online
 
Comcast, the nation’s leading provider of entertainment, information and communication products and services, announced it will deliver a multiplatform experience of the 2010 FIFA World Cup that includes: every FIFA World Cup match live in its entirety, live games in 3D from ESPN 3D, games On Demand the next day and online coverage with live games and the latest news.  Comcast will also provide customers the world’s premier soccer tournament in both English and in Spanish.  Comcast was the first cable affiliate to sign on to deliver ESPN 3D, just weeks after bringing consumers the first live national next-generation 3D sporting event with the Masters Tournament in April.
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COMCAST ON DEMAND CELEBRATES HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTHSeptember 20, 2010


COMCAST ON  DEMAND CELEBRATES HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

AETN (Lifetime)

COMCAST CELEBRATES HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH WITH SPECIAL ON DEMAND PROGRAMMING THAT HIGHLIGHTS THE BEST OF LATIN CULTURE
 
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services, today announced special On Demand programming that will take Comcast’s digital video customers on a cultural journey during Hispanic Heritage Month. 
 
In addition to award-winning movies, customers will be able to watch specials that highlight the people, landscape, cuisine, culture and music of Latin America, including features on some of the top Hispanic entertainers from around the world. 

“Comcast is proud to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and will provide more Latin On Demand content for our customers,” said Kim Taylor, Vice President Multicultural Marketing for Comcast. “Our Hispanic Heritage Month programming will be available in both English and Spanish, offering the most Hispanic content available in your home anytime.”
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COMCAST DELIVERS MORE INDEPENDENT FILM CONTENT TO CUSTOMERS THROUGH ITS ON DEMAND SERVICESeptember 23, 2010


COMCAST DELIVERS MORE INDEPENDENT FILM CONTENT TO CUSTOMERS THROUGH ITS ON DEMAND SERVICE

Nice Guy Johnny (Facebook)

UPDATED (9/24/10).
Independent film fans in Comcast markets rejoice. Comcast On Demand announced Thursday that they will deliver more independent film content. To help launch the expanded service, filmmaker Edward Burns will offer exclusive access to content from his upcoming film NICE GUY JOHNNY (distributed On Demand October 26, 2010 by FilmBuff).
Comcast announced that it will bring more independent film content to its customers through the creation of the Indie Film Club via its On Demand service. The new On Demand offering, which builds on a similar online initiative Comcast launched earlier this year, is available to Comcast digital video customers. The dedicated On Demand folder will include indie films, exclusive material, movie trailers, guest editors’ picks, extras, interviews and other special content.

“Comcast is thrilled to extend the reach of independent movies into living rooms across the country, providing more exposure for these films, which have a passionate following,” said Diana Kerekes, Vice President of Entertainment Services for Comcast. “It’s all part of giving our customers more choice, value and a sense of excitement and closeness to indie filmmakers. With the popularity of indie films, we’re proud to be working with leaders in this field, like Edward Burns, Tribeca Film, SnagFilms and others, to make that happen.”
Through the Indie Film Club, on October 26th, Comcast will debut Edward Burns’ latest film and romantic comedy, NICE GUY JOHNNY, including an exclusive interview with Burns, behind-the-scenes content, along with a live online chat with Burns. Comcast will also feature Burns as a guest editor On Demand with Edward’s “Picks and Flicks,” which will include his beloved first two features THE BROTHER MCMULLLEN and SHE'S THE ONE, as well as his top recommendations for independent films.
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The Fence (La Barda) - On DemandOctober 08, 2010


The Fence (La Barda) - On Demand

HBO

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: “The Fence.”
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In 2006, in the frenzied fear of Homeland Security, Drugs, and Illegal Immigration, Congress decided that what this country needed was a fence. A great big, expensive fence to protect us from the terrorists, drug dealers and illegal immigrants coming from Mexico. And so it was. Sort of. Rory Kennedy’s incisive documentary explains the foibles and follies of our protective boundary with Mexico. (Note that no one has suggested one with Canada).

Back in 1999, I saw Ms. Kennedy’s first documentary, “American Hollow,” and although heartfelt and sincere, it certainly lacked polish. Well, no longer. “The Fence” is not only entertaining and educational; it is also a highly polished and concise piece of documentary filmmaking. At a brisk 36 minutes, “The Fence” cleverly informs the viewer without undue polemicizing.

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January Movies On Demand Preview - SALT, SHREK, SAW, SECRETARIAT & MoreJanuary 03, 2011


January Movies On Demand Preview - SALT, SHREK, SAW, SECRETARIAT & More

Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures

On Demand Weekly reviews new Movies On Demand every Tuesday.  Premiering in January:  SALT, SHREK FOREVER AFTER, SAW: THE FINAL CHAPTER, THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNETS NEST, NOWHERE BOY and many more!

 

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CATFISH - Premieres January 4

This documentary was directed by Ariel Shulman and Henry Joost.  Rated PG-13

On Demand the same day as DVD, before Netflix or Redbox.

 

HOWL - Premieres January 4 
This unrated drama stars James Franco as the poet Allen Ginsberg, with Mary-Louise Parker and Jeff Daniels.  Rated PG-13

On Demand the same day as DVD, before Netflix or Redbox.

 

THE LAST EXORCISM - Premieres January 4 
This fictional horror film, shot in the style of a documentary, stars Patrick Fabian and Ashley Bell.  Rated PG-13

On Demand the same day as DVD.

 

MACHETE - Premieres January 4 

This Robert Rodriguez-directed, action-packed satire stars Danny Trejo, Jessica Alba and Robert DeNiro, and features smaller roles by an all-star cast.  Rated R

On Demand the same day as DVD, before Netflix or Redbox.

 

SALT - Premieres January 4 
This action film stars Angelina Jolie as a badass double agent: CIA operative/Russian assassin.  Rated PG-13

On Demand before Netflix.



SHREK FOREVER AFTER - Premieres January 5
This final, fourth chapter in the animated film series features the voices of Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, and Eddie Murphy.  Rated PG

Available in 3D.

 

DESPICABLE ME - Premieres January 6

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9 New Movies On Demand Kick Off The New Year - DESPICABLE ME - Demand It!January 04, 2011


9 New Movies On Demand Kick Off The New Year - DESPICABLE ME - Demand It!

Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

On Demand Weekly reviews new Movies On Demand every Tuesday. 
 
Premiering this week:  MACHETE, SALT, THE LAST EXORCISM, HOWL, CATFISH, SHREK FOREVER AFTER, DESPICABLE ME, DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS and CASE 39

 

Email Lindsay

 


CATFISH - Premieres January 4

This documentary was directed by Ariel Shulman and Henry Joost.  Rated PG-13

On Demand the same day as DVD, before Netflix or Redbox.

 

HOWL - Premieres January 4 

This unrated drama stars James Franco as the poet Allen Ginsberg, with Mary-Louise Parker and Jeff Daniels.  Rated PG-13

On Demand the same day as DVD, before Netflix or Redbox.

 

THE LAST EXORCISM - Premieres January 4 

This fictional horror film, shot in the style of a documentary, stars Patrick Fabian and Ashley Bell.  Rated PG-13

On Demand the same day as DVD.

 

MACHETE - Premieres January 4 

This Robert Rodriguez-directed, action-packed satire stars Danny Trejo, Jessica Alba and Robert DeNiro, and features smaller roles by an all-star cast.  Rated R

On Demand the same day as DVD, before Netflix or Redbox.

 

SALT - Premieres January 4 

This action film stars Angelina Jolie as a badass double agent: CIA operative/Russian assassin.  Rated PG-13

On Demand before Netflix.



SHREK FOREVER AFTER - Premieres January 5

This final, fourth chapter in the animated film series features the voices of Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, and Eddie Murphy.  Rated PG

Available in 3D.

 

DESPICABLE ME - Premieres January 6

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