On Demand News & LinksNovember 16, 2009

On Demand News & Links


ODW rounds up stories affecting the VOD Industry.


Cox Time-Shifts NBC In High-Def

Cox Communications has added six of NBC's primetime shows in high-definition to its MyPrimetime VOD service, which provides on-demand access to TV programs starting the day after they air... (MultiChannel News)

November has more day-and-date releases than ever before

The month of November will see more films debut on video-on-demand the same day as DVD than ever before, and for anyone who has cable or satellite or just happens to catch a DVD commercial, the message will be hard to ignore... (Video Business)


The DVR vs Internet Video

The full feature DVR is the killer of all boxes designed to integrate internet video into traditional TV viewing...  (Mark Cuban)

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Music Choice Rolls Out Largest HD Music Video On Demand LibraryJuly 30, 2010

Music Choice Rolls Out Largest  HD Music Video On Demand Library

Music Choice On Demand

Music Choice On Demand continues to maximize the potential of On Demand. - ODW


Music Choice Rolls Out Largest High Definition Music Video On Demand Library to Cox Communications Advanced TV Customers


Starting today, Music Choice® rolls out the largest HD music Video On Demand library on cable television. It will be available for FREE to Cox Communications Advanced TV customers throughout the United States. The library will offer Video On Demand users both HD & SD versions of the hottest videos from popular artists today including Eminem, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Drake, Beyonce and many more.

The rollout reinforces Music Choice’s commitment to support distributors as new features and content become available for consumers.

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Big Wins For VOD (VOD Trend Spotter)May 16, 2011

Big Wins For VOD (VOD Trend Spotter)

VOD Trend Spotter is a new weekly column where Kendra Anderson explores the most watched TV Series On Demand (by looking at Comcast (America's largest cable VOD provider)  xfinity On Demand's weekly rankings). Sometimes the trends are obvious; other times, she adds her own spin to the psyche of the time-shifting audience.

Note: I will be traveling for the next two weeks and I won't be posting while I'm away, but will be back after Memorial Day.


Big Wins For VOD (VOD Trend Spotter)
By Kendra Anderson


This Week In TV On Demand

1. CSI: Miami - CBS
2. Hawaii Five-O - CBS
3. Game of Thrones - HBO
5. South Park - Comedy Central
6. The Good Wife - CBS
7. The Voice - NBC
8. Survivor: Redemption Island - CBS
9. NCIS: Los Angeles - CBS
10. Bad Girls Club - Oxygen

1. CSI: Miami - CBS
2. Hawaii Five-O - CBS
4. Game of Thrones - HBO
5. The Good Wife - CBS
Source: Comcast Xfinity and Rentrak On Demand Essentials (Week Ending May 8th, 2011)

At last week's OnDemand Summit 3.0 (MSN), Rentrak announced that TV Entertainment is the fastest growing segment in On Demand watching, growing 31% year-over-year. The Movies-On-Demand category is also up, by 9.1%
⁃ What does it say about our collective attention span that we're watching more TV episodes than full length films? I'm sorry, you lost me there. What was I saying? - KA

Cox Communications announced it's joining the fray of TV Everywhere by introducing TV Online, which expands viewing options for subscribers who can watch content on TV, On Demand, and now, online.
⁃ Still no word from other cable companies about providing content from all four major broadcast networks. It doesn't seem to matter, though, because content from Fox and ABC isn't registering in any of the most watched On Demand spots. - KA

NBC's "The Voice" (Series Site) crescendoed into the 7th spot in most watched TV On Demand this week.
⁃ I can get behind this. At this point I think we're all sick of American Idol, so here's a refreshing alternative. And kudos to NBC for being the only broadcast network to keep fighting the good fight against CBS's total domination of On Demand. - KA

Falling from grace is "Bad Girls Club," Oxygen's series that's consistently been in the top 5 most watched series On Demand. This week it's ranked #10.
⁃ America, are we finally coming to our senses? Look, I get that we're fascinated by the lives of crazy people, and smug that our own quotidian existence is so normal by comparison. But come on. If you're really that into watching people pummel each other, I suggest you turn on some WWE fighting. At least we know they're professionals. - KA


- Kendra Anderson


Kenda Anderson
Kendra T. Anderson is a digital strategist specializing in social media and marketing, with an emphasis on independent film and branded content. She has worked with Cinetic Media, Magnolia Pictures and Focus Features, and now helps brands build digital and social communication strategies. Read more from Kendra on her blog and tweet Kendra @ktwanderson


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The Yule Log Is back On DemandDecember 19, 2011

The Yule Log Is back On Demand


The televised Yule Log on cable is back again this year in SD, HD and 3D via free Video On Demand (VOD). Last winter, cable brought viewers the very first 3D version of the televised Yule Log. This year, the industry adds another element, enabling viewers to easily access the iconic video log online anytime, for free, from the national Movies On Demand website, rentmoviesondemand.com. Now viewers can literally carry the Yule Log into any room in the house, and warm it up with a crackling fire and carols. While the virtual hearth is burning, they can also browse through the hottest movies available instantly via cable’s Movies On Demand (MOD).

Viewers can call up the Yule Log on any computer or mobile device simply by clicking on: http://rentmoviesondemand.com/yulelog

For the second year, many systems are showing the Yule Log in 3D, in addition to High Definition (HD) and Standard Definition (SD). This holiday gift is available for free via Video On Demand (VOD) for digital cable subscribers on Comcast, Cox Communications, Cablevision, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Cablevision/Bresnan and RCN. The service is available now and airs until Jan. 2, 2012 as part of the cable operators’ “free on demand” services. (See list below of exact locations on system lineups, and content availability in 3D, SD or HD.)

Adding to the familiar Yule Log, program distributor iN DEMAND also provides Winter Green*, a snowy, pine forest setting and Snowman*, dressed in top hat, scarf and neckerchief withstanding a windy, snowy storm. These offerings will help viewers get into the holiday spirit, accompanied by traditional carols like Joy to the World, Hark the Herald Angels Sing and We Wish You a Merry Christmas. *Not in 3D.

While the original televised Yule Log has been airing on broadcast TV since 1966, iN DEMAND’s version for cable viewers was first produced in high definition starting in 2002 and lit up on Video On Demand starting in 2007. The 3D version, which started in 2010, is originally produced exclusively for cable by iN DEMAND using the latest 3D technology. To see the 3D version, viewers need a 3D TV with compatible 3D glasses and an HD set-top box connected according to their system’s specs. The HD offerings were filmed with HD cameras and are presented in 1080i picture and 5.1 sound. The 3D version was produced by Offhollywood Digital using Red 1 cameras and an Element Technica 3D rig.


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