Cablevision and ABC Reach Deal During Academy Awards

And the Oscar for the industry’s best drama goes to… ABC. The Disney-owned (s DIS) broadcaster reached a tentative agreement with Cablevision (s CVC) minutes into the telecast of the Academy Awards, according to a New York Times report.
ABC and Cablevision had been embroiled in a very public dispute over the right to carry New York’s WABC-7 on the cable’s pay TV service. ABC had threatened to cut off Cablevision if the cable company didn’t agree to pay substantially higher retransmission fees; the network followed through in the wee hours of Sunday, and Cablevision’s New York-based customers were facing the very real possibility of missing Hollywood’s most prestigious awards show.
In fact, 3.1 million of the cable company’s customers did miss the first 14 minutes of the Oscars. WABC-7 returned to Cablevision at 8.44pm EST, and a news ticker scrolling through the bottom of the screen proclaimed that “ABC7 and Cablevision have made significant progress in negotiations and are pleased to announce that ABC7’s signal has returned to Cablevision customers as they try to finalize a deal,” according to a New York Daily News report.
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Pirating the 2010 Oscars: District 9 Beats Avatar

Which movie is gonna take home the prestigious Best Picture price: Avatar or The Hurt Locker? That’s the big question of tonight’s Academy Awards, if we can believe Hollywood pundits. Both movies have been nominated for nine awards, and anything seems possible.
Of course, Avatar has some commercial momentum on its side, given the fact that it’s been the most popular movie ever made — at least when it comes to ticket sales. However, there seems to be another option on the table, according to an unlikely panel of experts. BitTorrent-loving film buffs have been voting with their freeloading feet for weeks, and their choices might surprise even Hollywood insiders. The most-downloaded movie isn’t Avatar or The Hurt Locker, but District 9.
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Vid-Biz: The Oscars, Comcast-TiVo, Adobe’s HTTP Streaming

Oscars Get the Live-Streamed Red Carpet Treatment; the Academy Awards show is getting with the social media program, live-streaming its red carpet to the web from 3-5 p.m. PT on Sunday. (GigaOM)
Comcast in Talks With TiVo About ‘Premiere;’ Comcast is discussing the possibility of porting TiVo’s Premiere user interface — designed to provide enhanced search and recommendation features on HDTV sets — to a tru2way-based platform. (Multichannel News)
Adobe to Release Support for HTTP Flash Streaming Next Month; sometime in April, Adobe is expected to officially announce that the technology is available with CDNs and will also announce content owners who are using the new service. (Streaming Media blog)
mPoint Relaunches as Panvidea; mPoint, which had been a cloud-based video encoding platform, has relaunched as Panvidea, with an expanded focus on streamlining video preparation and the post-production process for professional media companies. (VideoNuze)
Networks Plan ‘Full Load’ of Ads in Online Programs; networks including CBS are considering moving toward a full ad load online, potentially ushering in significant dollars for online video. (Beet.TV)
Kerry: Game of Retrans Chicken Must End; Sen. John Kerry is weighing in at the FCC on the retrans fight between WABC-TV and Cablevision, asking the agency to urge the parties to stay at the table and continue airing the station over the cable system in the interim. (Multichannel News)
Vimeo Launches PlusStats Video Analytics for Paid Members; Vimeo has added some ultra-modern video analytics for Vimeo Plus users. (ReelSEO)

Where to Watch the Oscar Nominations Online

Looking for where to watch the 2011 Oscar nominations? Well, then, you want to go here!

Inglorious Basterds, Up and Avatar — 2009 was a good year for movies, which means we’ll have an interesting Academy Awards show on March 7th to look forward to. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is revealing all the nominees for the Oscars tomorrow, and the event will be live streamed online for the first time, with help from Livestream.com.

The stream can be viewed on the official Oscars web site, Facebook, Livestream.com as well as through the embed below, starting on Tuesday at 5 a.m. PST/8 a.m. Eastern.

Watch live streaming video from academyawards at livestream.com

I know what you’re thinking: That’s early! Especially since the announcements will conclude an hour later. Still, there is hope for Hollywood slackers and other West Coast sleepyheads: Livestream will keep an archived version of the announcement on its site for one week.

Weekend Vid Picks: Before They Were Best Actress Nominees

Congratulations, Academy Award nominees! Must feel good, right? Waking up, getting that call, knowing that your peers have chosen to recognize your talents and have quite possibly forgotten about that long ago and slightly embarrassing career choice. Well, unfortunately for you, online video does not forget.

I’m a big Anne Hathaway fan (nominated for Rachel Getting Married). But I’m a big Anne Hathaway fan because of Brokeback Mountain and her other recent dramatic roles. Not for her post-modern princess trilogy (Princess Diaries 1 and 2, Ella Enchanted) and her work as a series regular on the poor man’s My So-Called Life, Get Real, (embedding has been disabled on the full episode uploads, but below is a brief clip of Hathaway talking about the Wondermints).

Despite the fact that she’s arguably the only female action star working today, Angelina Jolie didn’t shoot or roundhouse-kick anyone in Changeling, which is notable, given her career history. She has, however, been a bad-ass since the beginning — check out this scene from Cyborg 2 if you don’t believe me. Read More about Weekend Vid Picks: Before They Were Best Actress Nominees

Where to Watch the Oscar Nominations

Awards season enters the home stretch tomorrow as the nominations for the 81st Academy Awards will be announced at 5:30 a.m. (ET). Unlike last year, the nominations won’t be live-streamed, but video of them will be available on Oscar.com at roughly 6 a.m., along with trailers for each of the films. But Oscar isn’t entirely leaving video out in the cold.

Oscar.com will feature The Road to the Oscars, a hosted daily show that will cover all the events leading up to the events. Backstage at the actual Academy Awards ceremony there will also be a “Thank You Cam,” which will let long-winded stars continue their appreciation after they’ve been booted offstage; the “Backstage Cam,” offering exactly what you think a backstage cam would; and the “Press Room Cam,” capturing all the excitement of hearing the question “How does it feel to win?” being asked over and over and over.

The Academy Awards show happens on Sunday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. (ET).