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Aug 6, 2001  •  Post A Comment

Interactive movie channel to offer VOD
Cinema Entertainment Group, a fledgling company planning to introduce a digital interactive film-oriented channel next year, will include video on demand as one of the offerings viewers will be able to order via the channel’s t-commerce links. “We’re a typical television channel,” Cinema Entertainment Group CEO Jim Meyers said. “But we do help promote video on demand.” Mr. Meyers said the nascent channel will also display trailers for upcoming theatrical releases. He added that CEG hasn’t yet promoted its television channel in theaters, although he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of doing so. The company also said last week that it is forming a partnership with t-commerce technology vendor Commerce.TV. Commerce.TV’s investors include multiple system operators Adelphia Communications and Insight Communications.
E! content coming
to Sirius and XM
E! Networks announced that content from several of E! Entertainment’s original series will be broadcast on XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio when those services launch later this year. Material from the shows “Revealed,” “E! True Hollywood Story,” “Mysteries and Scandals” and “E! News Daily” will be incorporated into Sirius and XM’s audio programming lineups.
DirecTV’s NFL fans
getting extra points
DirecTV has unveiled a special fall promotion of its NFL Sunday Ticket football offering. The satellite television provider said customers who purchase a DirecTV unit from retailers between the beginning of August and mid-October and who subscribe to the football package for $179 will receive four free months of programming worth more than $300.