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Feb 18, 2002  •  Post A Comment

Warner Bros. to digitally distribute programming
Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution signed on with Pathfire to digitally distribute syndicated programming to stations. With Pathfire’s Digital Media Gateway, stations will no longer have to grab programs off satellite feeds at specific times. Instead, Pathfire’s servers catch the content and store it, allowing it to be manipulated through a desktop computer. NBC and ABC affiliates are currently part of Pathfire’s DMG network, which will be expanded to more than 800 stations.
WOW set-top getting over-the-air test
LIN Television, McGraw-Hill, KGTV in San Diego, Sunbelt Communications and KJZZ-TV in Salt Lake City will test WOW Digital TV’s over-the-air digital and interactive set-top box. The Wow Box is slated to roll out during the third quarter of 2002 and is expected to sell for under $200.
Short takes
Intertainer signed a deal with MGM to include MGM movie titles as part of its broadband video-on-demand service. The deal includes new releases and some culled from MGM’s 4,100-title library. … MSNBC signed an agreement with NetInsight’s Qmedia, a digital media service provider, to use its digital infrastructure for a circuit connecting Washington and New York. MSNBC will use the network to send various feeds, including real-time press conferences from the White House, Congress and news shows such as “Hardball” and “Dateline.”