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Oct 8, 2001  •  Post A Comment

Microsoft, CinemaNow have VOD Web solution
Microsoft Corp. and CinemaNow, a video-on-demand distributor of feature films over the Internet, launched a new technology that can be licensed by others who want to create video-on-demand networks on the Web using their own content. The technology, called PatchBay, is based on CinemaNow’s distribution system. Patchbay is built on Windows operating system-based technologies and supports Windows Media audio and video and digital-rights management.
Blue Ridge tapping Concurrent for VOD
Blue Ridge Communications, which provides cable service to 170,000 subscribers in Pennsylvania, chose Concurrent Computer Corp.’s video-on-demand technology for its systems. Concurrent’s MediaHawk Broadband video-on-demand system will provide movies on demand, subscription video-on-demand and other interactive services. Blue Ridge will deploy the services in the first quarter of next year using Scientific-Atlanta’s digital platform.
Short takes
Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems Co. has established the Los Angeles-based High Definition Business Development Center. The center will support high-definition and video-networking technologies for broadcast television, digital cinema and e-commerce. … Digital TV network B Mania, which showcases classic B-movies and B-movie shorts, launched a Web site at www.bamniatv.com.#
PBS produces `Life’
PBS signed on a number of technology providers to help it interactively enhance its new show “Life 360.” The show, which is a co-production between PBS, Oregon Public Broadcasting and ABC News’ “Nightline,” will take a look at contemporary culture. Technology providers include Chyron Corp., whose Lyric ITV toolset was used to create enhanced content for the show; H Design, which created the overall graphical look of the show; and ExtendMedia, which contributed interactive TV applications. The eight public TV stations that will air the show will build community-specific interactive content around each episode to make it more relevant to those markets. The show’s 13 episodes began airing Friday.