Time Warner Cable Really Hates Online Video

Time Warner Cable subscribers won’t be able to get Epix anytime soon, as the cable provider has decided not to carry the network or its broadband services. At the heart of that decision is Epix’s recent deal with Netflix to make its film catalog available online.

Look Out, Cable Guys — Netflix Is Gunning for You

Netflix finalized a deal with Epix giving it access to new movies for its online streaming service. The deal will make it a more attractive alternative to cable services, as Netflix subscribers will now be able to stream more movies in the pay TV window.

Netflix Could Pay $1B for Epix Content

Maybe they both like that their brand names end in -ix? Netflix and the premium cable channel Epix are currently negotiating a potential deal that would give Netflix “exclusive online rights” to films by Epix equity partners Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate and MGM.

Epix Lands Dish Deal, Will Reach 30M Homes

epixironmanEpix has struck its first nationwide deal with satellite TV provider Dish Network (s DISH), the fledgling cable network said this morning, adding an additional 14 million homes that can sign up for its linear, VOD and broadband movie service.
Epix, a joint venture between MGM (s MGM), Lionsgate (s LGF) and Viacom’s (s VIA) Paramount Pictures, competes with premium cable networks like HBO (s TWX) and Showtime by offering more than 200 movies per month through its linear cable channel and video-on-demand offering. But the big differentiator for Epix is its online component: The programmer has an online component that enables subscribers to view up to 3,000 movies online at EpixHD.com as part of their subscription to the service. Read More about Epix Lands Dish Deal, Will Reach 30M Homes

Vid-Biz: NBC Olympics, 3-D Movies, Livestation

NBC Is Losing Money on the Olympics Because It Paid Too Much for Them; GE predicts NBCU will generate $250 million less in advertising revenue than it cost to license and produce the games. (TV by the Numbers)

Hollywood Rushes Out 3-D Movies In Wake of Avatar; more than 20 3-D releases are scheduled already for 2010, and additional titles are expected to be announced. (Wall Street Journal)

Livestation Finally Hits iPhone With Live TV Streams; 20 months after previewing an in-development app that would bring its live TV news service to iPhones, Livestation is finally taking its streaming offering mobile. (paidContent:UK)

Epix Shows Mobile Hand; the joint venture of Viacom, MGM and Lionsgate has provided a look at the mobile version of its premium, on-demand movie service that will deliver hundreds of movies to subscribers’ mobile devices. (Multichannel News)

Cablevision Skates Out Interactive TV Mosaic for Olympics; the MSO’s “Olympic Showcase” mosaic presents six video tiles on the screen, five of which show live looks at NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, USA Network and Universal HD, with the sixth highlighting an Olympics video-on-demand section. (Multichannel News)

Poland’s Largest Online Portal Selects ExtendMedia for On-demand Video Service; Onet.pl’s OnetVOD has ad-supported and pay-to-view movies, TV series and programs, including more than 2,100 titles available at launch. (press release)

Bell Connects Remote PVR in Time for Vancouver Olympics; Bell has rolled out a national service driven by technology from Sling Media that enables subscribers to schedule their TV recordings from Bell Mobility smartphones or any Internet connection. (Multichannel News)

Vid-Biz: Hulu Premium, KickApps, Project Canvas

Disney: “No Decisions Have Been Made” on Hulu Premium; Disney EVP Kevin Mayer says “no decisions have been made” about what kind of pay models and services Hulu is going to use, or when those will roll out. (MediaMemo)

KickApps Lands NBC for Social Video Sites; the companies struck a licensing deal that enables all of NBCU’s entertainment properties to use KickApps’ social software solution, expanding a prior relationship that focused primarily on NBC’s local media properties. (VideoNuze)

TV Makers, Retailers Voice Project Canvas Concerns; The Digital TV Group, which represents more than 100 companies including Samsung, Sony, Pace and Dixons, has expressed concern that Project Canvas is failing in its core promise to create an open, industry-wide technology standard for the service. (paidContent:UK)

Comcast To Launch Xfinity Rebranding Campaign; starting next week, Comcast will begin rolling out the new Xfinity brand — Xfinity TV, Xfinity Internet and Xfinity Voice — to customers in 11 markets. (Multichannel News)

FreeWheel Signs Up MLB As Its Newest Customer; the video ad firm now serves almost 2 billion video ads per month, doubling its volume since November 2009, and has added Major League Baseball Advanced Media to its customer roster. (VideoNuze)

YouTube Could Get Hit With Italian Broadcaster Rules; under a new decree, video sites like Google’s YouTube could be required to get government permission to host copyrighted video content, and they would also be required to get broadcasting licenses. (paidContent:UK)

EPIX Lands Cable Deal With Charter Communications; the movie and entertainment streaming network that works across your TV and computer landed its fourth cable deal, following up on other deals struck with Cox Communications and Mediacom Communications. (TechCrunch)

Battle of the Digital Media Players; Davis Freeburg takes a look at a few of the most popular software media players (and video destinations) to determine which one may be best for consumers. (Zatz Not Funny!)

Vid-Biz: Epix, Adobe Flash, Verizon FiOS

Mediacom Will Launch Epix in April; the deal marks the second announced this week for Epix; the first was that it will be part of Cox Communications’ movie tier when it joins that distributor, also in April. (Multichannel News)

Microsoft Urges Windows XP Users to Ditch Old Flash Version; the company issued a security advisory asking users to uninstall Flash Player 6.0, as that version of the multimedia player plugin contains multiple bugs. (Ars Technica)

Verizon Sheds Light on FiOS’s TV Widget Plans; the service has more sports, multicultural, games, and program-specific widgets, including those for reality TV shows and other series. (Verizon at Home blog)

ActiveVideo Networks Helping Blockbuster Deliver a Converged Experience; the Blockbuster on Demand app developed using ActiveVideo’s JavaScript/HTML authoring kit will give users a web-like experience of search, discovery and previewing on their TVs, via connected devices. (VideoNuze)

Nielsen, Microsoft Expand Measurement of Xbox Live Audience; after measuring the 1 vs. 100 audience, Microsoft is now focused on deploying the joint measurement capabilities more broadly across the Xbox Live service. (Beet.TV)

Fuel TV Launches iPhone App; Fox Cable Networks’ action sports service has launched an interactive, media-rich application available for free via through the iTunes App Store. (Multichannel News)

Vid-Biz: Epix, Net Neutrality, BBC iPlayer

Premium Movie Channel Epix Coming To Cox; the cable provider confirms it has reached a deal to carry Epix, the premium movie channel started by Viacom, Lionsgate and MGM last year. (The Business Insider)

Net Neutrality Hearing Totally Comcastic; During a hearing last Friday, a three-judge panel questioned whether the FCC has the authority to impose net-neutrality rules without an explicit congressional mandate. (AllThingsD)

BBC Expands iPlayer Beta on Freesat; the Freesat version is currently available on Humax set-top boxes, and will become available to all Freesat HD set-top boxes and HDTVs over the coming months. (BBC Internet Blog)

Mark Cuban on 3-D, HD, LSD; The WSJ talks to Cuban about which gadgets he’s looking forward to seeing, why he thinks 2-D-to-3-D video processors are a “cheat,” and what exactly he was thinking when he compared 3-D to LSD. (Digits)

Internet on TV is a highlight at Consumer Electronics Show; the most promising new products were not expensive, content-deprived 3DTV sets, but Internet-connected HDTVs. (Washington Post)

DirecTV Tells Its Growth Story; CFO Patrick Doyle said gross subscriber additions should decline, but that the satellite-TV giant sees growth opportunities in apartment buildings and a more aggressive broadband offering. (Multichannel News)

Ensequence Cuts More Jobs; the interactive TV solutions provider has conducted another round of layoffs in an effort to refocus its efforts on its core business. (InteractiveTV Today)

SpeedCine Goes International; the database of legal feature films available for streaming or downloading expands to the international market today, serving every computer user worldwide. (press release)

Epix Close to Inking Partnership With Cox: Report

epixironmanEpix is close to signing its second major carriage agreement, Bloomberg is reporting, this time with cable provider Cox Communications. Epix is currently only available to subscribers of Verizon’s (s VZ) FiOS service, which stands at around 2.7 million vs. Cox’s the 6.2 million subscribers.

A joint venture between Paramount (s VIA), Lions Gate (s lfg) and MGM, Epix offers service providers a premium cable network with an online video component tied in, allowing subscribers to the channel to watch a number of first-run and catalog content for free online. The service officially launched on FiOS on Oct. 30.

Based on the Bloomberg report, it seems Viacom (s via) is seeking to leverage its existing relationships with distributors to get the channel in front of viewers. While Epix had previously been pitching itself solo to service providers as a low-cost alternative to networks like Showtime (s CBS) and HBO (s TWX), the Cox deal would reportedly package the cable network along with a number of other Viacom properties, including MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central.

Verizon subs that want access to the channel and associated online content pay $9.99 a month for the service. But because Epix is being packaged along with other Viacom cable channels, it’s not clear what the cost of subscribing to the channel would be for Cox subscribers.

Vid-Biz: Roku, DISH, Paul Abdul

Roku Raised an Additional $13.4 Million; SEC documents show the set-top box maker received the funds from Menlo Ventures over two rounds. (Contentinople)
DISH Network Profits Down 81 Percent; TiVo litigation costs and rising expenses to blame for poor second quarter, though the company did add 26,000 net subscribers for its first quarterly increase in more than a year. (The New York Times)
People Fast-Forwarded Through Paula Abdul; stats from TiVo reveal that people skipped what the sometimes nutty former American Idol judge had to say. (Broadcasting & Cable)
An Early Look at EpixHD; the private beta shows off the some online features such as social viewing that can be accessed by non-subscribers. (Multichannel News)
Turner Launches PGA iPhone App; lets fans stream live video from the 2009 PGA Championship August 13 – 16. (MediaWeek)
Rumor: iTunes 9 to Support Blu-ray; support could arrive as soon as next month, update could also include Twitter and Facebook integration. (The Apple Blog)