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Broadband Briefs for 5/19/08

Mon, 05/19/2008 - 8:00am

• CableLabs celebrates 20-year anniversary with new historical Web site
By Traci Patterson

CableLabs, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this May, has established a Web site that provides a timeline and other historical data related to the organization’s two decades of development in the cable industry.

The site also features information about the formation of CableLabs, which began in 1984.

The site can be accessed here

• MGM HD cuts deals with Comcast, TWC
By Traci Patterson

MGM HD, the high-definition channel from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, has signed affiliate agreements with both Comcast and Time Warner Cable.

The new agreement between MGM and Comcast will provide Comcast the ability to distribute the network to its HD customers with hundreds of HD movies from MGM's library.

Comcast recently announced that it has more than 500 HD choices available at any given time, and that it is significantly increasing HD VOD movie and TV series programming from Showtime, Encore, MoviePlex and Starz.

• TVN, Suddenlink announce VOD deal
By Traci Patterson

TVN Entertainment and Suddenlink Communications have announced a deal in which TVN will provide the cable operator with a comprehensive video-on-demand (VOD) solutions package. The multi-year agreement will provide Suddenlink with access to a full slate of content, including Hollywood studio movies in both standard- and high-definition, broadcast and cable network free on-demand, premium SVOD offerings and exclusive VOD networks.

And Suddenlink gets online access to TVN’s ADONISS 2 interactive toolset, which allows tracking of on-demand assets and modification of metadata in real time.   Additionally, TVN will create a customized weekly barker, as well as providing an extensive roster of VOD promotions and campaigns that are produced with studios and other major content partners.  

TVN recently announced that it will enable affiliates to market VOD on the Web by creating integrated marketing materials via its affiliate Web site to allow online promotion, navigation and search functionality for VOD content.

• Rentrak, Knology sign pact
By Traci Patterson

Rentrak Corp. has entered into a multi-year deal with Knology Inc., a provider of business and residential communications and entertainment services throughout the Southeast and South Dakota. Knology will support the expansion of its video-on-demand services with Rentrak’s media measurement services.

Rentrak is demonstrating its television measurement solutions at The Cable Show. The company says that it processes daily, census-level, on-demand data representing 51 million set-top boxes from 26 MSOs. Knology provides more than 200 channels of digital cable TV, as well as VOD, SVOD, DVRs, HDTV, IP Centrex and PON services.

More Broadband Direct:

• Cable Show: Tru2way steps up to plate 

• Cable Show: TWC rolls with tru2way while Comcast gears up 

• Cable Show: New tech brings more opportunities, challenges for MSOs 

• Cable Show: Pick a prez, pick a policy 

• Cable Show: Plethora of new technologies being showcased 

• Arris snags big contract from Comcast 

• SinglePipe works with CMA, GLDS 

• SureWest, Mixed Signals, AdGorilla name new execs 

• Broadband Briefs for 5/19/08 

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