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SpotXchange Lands Investors

Online video ad network SpotXchange said it received its first round of angel funding. The company did not disclose the amount, but it said investors include Alex Bogusky, chief creative officer, Crispin Porter + Bogusky; Laurence Chang, former portfolio manager,…

Clinton Campaign Buys Hour for Town Hall Event on Hallmark Channel

The Clinton campaign is buying an hour on the Hallmark Channel on Feb. 4, the eve of the Super Tuesday presidential primaries in order to air part of a 90-minute campaign “Voices Across America” national town hall. The town hall…

McCain, Romney Boost Ad Spending

Spending on advertising on the Republican side is still expected to pale compared to that on the Democratic side for Tuesday’s Super Tuesday presidential races, but it’s starting to increase. The campaigns of Mitt Romney and John McCain both announced…

Planet Green Invites Bergeron to ‘Supper’

Planet Green, Discovery Communications’ new environmentally oriented network, has signed Tom Bergeron as host for one of its first original series. In the weekly series, “Supper Club,” Mr. Bergeron will host Hollywood dinner parties at the eco-friendly Venice, Calif., home…

ESPN Goes Down Under With HD

ESPN announced its latest branded high-definition service Thursday with HD Australia. It will be among the first HD services available Down Under, where it is expected to begin telecasting there later this year. “The launch of ESPN HD Australia reinforces…

HD DVD Tries to Go Deep With Super Bowl Ad

Could Sunday’s Super Bowl mark HD DVD’s Hail Mary? The Toshiba-led next-generation DVD player format, declared all but dead by at least one technology research firm this week, will air a commercial touting the advantages of HD DVD during Fox’s…

Rounding Up HD News: HDNet to Carry Shuttle Launch

HDNet Will Telecast Feb. 7 Space Shuttle Launch HDNet will be the exclusive high-definition telecaster of the Space Shuttle Atlantis launch Feb. 7. The telecast of NASA’s 24th U.S. mission to the International Space Station will start at 2 p.m.,…

Profile: Derek Harrar, Senior VP and General Manager of Video Services at Comcast Cable

The player: Derek Harrar, senior VP and general manager of video services at Comcast Cable. The play: Mr. Harrar is leading the largest U.S. cable provider’s efforts to compete against satellite operators by expanding its on-demand service, which offers customers…

Consumers Prefer Online Viewing to VOD, Study Says

Internet video viewing is leaving video-on-demand in the dust. That’s the conclusion of a new study from Solutions Research Group. The study found that, in November, about 20% of Internet users watched a TV show online each week, compared to…

This Week in HD: Jan. 31-Feb. 6

HD programming picks for Jan. 31-Feb. 6: “The Shawshank Redemption,” “The Departed,” Super Bowl XLII “The Shawshank Redemption” (Cinemax). Thursday, Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m. ET. Combine Morgan Freeman, Tim Robbins and Bob Gunton (yes, the Warden) with a Stephen King…