Aspera Bypasses Bandwidth Bottlenecks to EC2

Aspera, a company that speeds up the transfer of fat data files, has signed a partnership agreement with Amazon’s (s amzn) Web Services, which means companies trying to send large files can use Aspera’s proprietary file transfer protocol to upload multigigabyte files or larger to EC2. Aspera can send 10-gigabyte files in three minutes, which is about three times faster than normal. Solving the problem of sending large files to the cloud led Amazon (s amzn) earlier this year to offer a service that lets people mail their files to the online retailer rather than try to send them via the web. Below, I talk to Aspera CEO and Co-founder Michelle Munson about the Amazon partnership and what it means for companies trying to send fat files to the cloud. Read More about Aspera Bypasses Bandwidth Bottlenecks to EC2

Vid-Biz: DirecTV, Fred, VOD

DirecTV to Provide Local Ads; satellite co. using INVIDI software; advertisers can dynamically target by household, street, political district and more; ads are pushed out to and stored on set-top boxes and then served when they are supposed to run. (MediaWeek)

Fred Commands “Seven Figures” Six Figures on YouTube; According to Eileen Naughton, director of media platforms for Google, the hyperactive character has generated “5 to 10 million” ad-supported views on the site and is “the most valuable real estate on YouTube.” (MediaPost) UPDATE: Naughton evidently misspoke yesterday, Fred is making six figures (thanks, Daisy!)

Rentrak: VOD Orders Went up 21% Percent in 2008; operators processed 3.8 million VOD orders last year, consumers ordered an average of 17.8 VOD assets per month. (Multichannel News) Rentrak is also partnering with Concurrent for a service that measures video audiences across TV, broadband and mobile. (Video Business)

Aspera Eyeing the Consumer Space; company behind the FASP protocol used for video transfer in discussions with device manufacturers and service providers (though it’s still very early). (VideoNuze) See Aspera CEO Michelle Munson speak at GigaOM’s upcoming Structure 09 Conference!

Iran Protest Footage on YouTube; site says it is not censoring these videos (unless they violate community guidelines). (YouTube Blog) Launching Live Show Today; The Knot Live will run every Wednesday and will feature wedding news, tips and even calls from the online audience. (MediaWeek)

Kyle MacLachlan Wants to Reprise Twin Peaks Role on the Web; actor wants to bring the FBI agent character back in a series of 5-minute episodes — though he says series creator David Lynch won’t be involved. (IMDB)

Vid-Biz: Image Metrics, Aspera, Hulu

Image Metrics Raises $6.5 Million; Series B round for the company that makes really real-looking digital characters was led by Saffron Hill Ventures. (TechCrunch)

Aspera Releases Aspera Console 1.0; management platform lets companies monitor, control and automate delivery of really big files using Aspera’s patent-pending fasp protocol (which replaces FTP). (emailed release)

Hulu Offers HD Embeds; plunk your favorite (from a limited selection) 720p content from Hulu into your blog or web site. (Hulu Blog)

IMDB Acquires Box Office Mojo; Amazon-owned movie database buys web site that tracks box office performance, terms of the deal not disclosed. (Variety)

Sony Sticking With Selling Content on USB Drives; movies like The DaVinci Code and Men in Black being sold on Flash drives for $29.99. Why, exactly? (CNET)

J— In My Pants Tops YouTube for the Past Month; 6.7 million plays for the SNL video on YouTube vs. just 561,000 plays on NBC. (Advertising Age)

Move Networks Partners with FuelTV; action sports lifestyle network launches new HD streaming player, created by Move. (