Google keeps upping the ante with Microsoft
Microsoft's $6 billion acquisition of aQuantive has been approved by the Federal Trade Commission, while Google's $3.1 billion purchase of DoubleClick still awaits the OK of the FTC, which is analyzing the deal's antitrust and privacy issues.
The controversial Google-DoubleClick deal has also drawn criticism in Europe, according to a New York Times article.
But Google continues to up its online applications to compete with Microsoft. On Monday, Google said it has agreed to buy Postini, a provider of Web-based security, for $625 million in cash. The deal is expected to close by the end of Q3.
Postini's services—which include message security, archiving, encryption and policy enforcement—can be used to protect e-mail, IMs and other Web-based communications.
And last week, Google announced its acquisition of Fremont, Calif.-based GrandCentral Communications, the provider of a Web-based platform that manages a user's voice communications with a single interface. Terms of the deal—announced on Google's official blog—were not disclosed.
GrandCentral's service allows users to integrate all of their existing phone numbers and voice mailboxes into one online phone account.
In June, Google also purchased Feedburner, a Web media distributor, and formed an alliance with Salesforce.com, a Web-based marketing software developer.
—Traci Patterson, Web/News Editor - CED, Editor - xOD Capsule
Scripps, TNS partner for digital audience measurement
Scripps Networks and TNS Media Research are partnering up to provide a new digital audience measurement service, which will utilize aggregated and anonymous set-top data from 300,000 Charter Communications digital subs in Los Angeles.
TNS' second-by-second data will give Scripps the information it desires related to viewer habits. And according to Scripps, TNS' data map closely resembles Nielsen's National People Meter data, allowing for further data application.
TNS processes Charter's set-top data with InfoSys, a media analysis and planning system.
NBBC rolling into NewSite
NBC Universal's National Broadband Company (NBBC), created to handle online video distribution for NBCU, is merging into NewSite, the NBCU-News Corp. joint venture expected to launch later this year.
NBBC's nearly 150 partners—including A&E Television Networks, Vibe Media Group, CNET Networks and Forbes.com—will have to sign separate deals with NewSite.
NewSite will offer thousands of hours of full-length TV programming, clips and movies on its Web site. The JV's distribution network currently includes MySpace, AOL, MSN, Comcast, CNET and Yahoo!
IMAKE's new SRM integrated with Cisco, Motorola
IMAKE Software & Services Inc.'s latest version of the OpenVision Session Resource Manager (SRM) is now integrated with Cisco's 7600 routers and load balancers, Motorola's B-1 video server and Sun Microsystems' Sun Streaming System video server.
OpenVision SRM, designed to work in IP and QAM network environments, has also been integrated with OpenVision AdExchange to support targeted ad insertion into VOD streams using Playlists.
Optibase enters tender offer to buy more Scopus shares
Optibase has begun a tender offer to purchase an aggregate of 678,000 ordinary shares of Scopus Video Networks for $5.25 per share, in cash, Optibase said.
Optibase currently owns more than three million ordinary shares of Scopus, which represents about 22.5 percent of Scopus' outstanding shares. If Optibase purchases the additional shares, it would own about 27.6 percent of Scopus.
ImageSpan, Zimmerman enhance Pick-n-Click Ads.com
ImageSpan Inc. and Zimmerman Advertising are collaborating to embed ImageSpan's licensing automation technology, LicenseStream, into Zimmerman's Pick-n-Click Ads.com, a virtual ad agency that enables auto dealerships to create local ads in real time.
The companies will also adopt ImageSpan's local area content creation network, CurbStream, as the exclusive provider for all local area content creation needs.
• Comcast reveals top VOD views for select markets
On its Web site, Comcast is listing the most-viewed on-demand movies and programs each week for select markets—Baltimore, Boston, Hartford, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Washington D.C. Comcast also recently revealed its VOD tops in the Oregon and Denver markets.
• Wayport offering VOD to hospitality market
Wayport Inc. is bringing "Entertainment on-Demand" to the hospitality market. The IP-based VOD service offers some HD assets and includes a TV Internet service with a wireless keyboard. Wayport designs and develops software and apps and enables the delivery of them via carrier grade networks in vertical markets.
• Warner Bros. promotes VOD exec
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group has promoted Andy Mellett to senior VP of VOD for Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, where he will oversee the company's U.S. and Canadian VOD and PPV businesses.
Mellett most recently served as VP of VOD. He joined Warner Bros. in 2000 as VP of VOD sales.
• Joost to reach '30s' with VH1, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
• Demand surging for pay TV and VOD in Canada, according to The Globe and Mail.