Spike Brings UFC Video Archive Online

Spike TV and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) just launched Ultimatefighter.com, a site that features every single episode of the last 10 seasons of The Ultimate Fighter. It offers fans the option of watching just the fights without any of the trash talking, and each and every fight is annotated, making it possible to skip straight to key moves and moments. The site also features exclusive content not aired on TV, but won’t carry any episodes of upcoming season 11 of The Ultimate Fighter — which is scheduled to start this weekend — until it’s aired in its entirety on Spike TV.

Erik Flannigan, EVP of digital media for MTV Networks (s VIA), which counts Spike among its portfolio of channels, told me today during a phone conversation that this release window is part of Spike’s strategy to treat The Ultimate Fighter as an outcome-based reality show that is enjoyed best on TV. Flannigan also said that the window helps to bridge the off-season gap, but added that Spike could possibly add live streams of UFC fights to Ultimatefighter.com in the future.

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Opinion: Why Venture Capital Needs to Back More “Now” Innovations

hourglass-time-flickrbogenfreundThe rate of innovation in clean tech, next-generation transportation, green products and sustainable business initiatives has never been higher. This year, nearly $4 billion in venture capital investment has been poured into green innovation, making it the most active sector of VC investment today. Pushing these new technologies into the market will most certainly help consumers and companies function with a lighter footprint in the future. But what about now?
Consider these market predictions:

Encouraging? Yes. But this pace of progress won’t help us reach the emission reduction levels needed to avoid the serious climate change impacts forecast for 2050. The solution? Focus on the “Now.” Read More about Opinion: Why Venture Capital Needs to Back More “Now” Innovations

Plug-in Car Conversion Startups Spared by Cali Regulators, For Now

PHEV conversion companies, which turn hybrid vehicles like the Prius into plug-ins, snagged a big win in Sacramento on Friday. The California Air Resources Board, which had been considering new rules for emissions tests and warranties on aftermarket conversions, decided to separate regulations for the emerging industry from a larger package of emissions testing requirements. Representatives of startups like EDrive Systems, OEMTek, and Plug-In Conversions Corp. now have several weeks to put together an alternate set of rules for the board to consider.
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Trick Out Your Prius With GP Batteries

Why wait for a plug-in hybrid when you can roll your own? Soon there will be even more places to get your Prius converted into a plug-in hybrid, now that Hong Kong-based GP Batteries International has taken an undisclosed stake in Poway, Calif.’s Plug-In Conversions. GP’s California-based subsidiary Gold Peak Industries North America will work with Plug-In Conversions to expand its sales of plug-in Prius conversion kits worldwide.

The strategic partnership will also allow Plug-In Conversions to produce kits for hybrids from other car companies, including Ford Motor (s F) and General Motors (s GM). Plug-In Conversions previously used batteries from Sweden’s Nilar International.

Plug-In Conversions says it’ll start its expansion in the U.S., with plans to add up to 10 new installers in 2009. The startup’s kits, which replace the Prius’ 1.3-kilowatt hour nickel-metal-hydride battery packs with 6.1-kWh NiMH packs, sell for $12,500, including installation.
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Don’t Miss the NTV Pier Screenings in L.A.

After the sizzling turn out at the San Francisco Pier Screenings earlier this month, we are looking forward to the first-ever NewTeeVee Pier Screenings Los Angeles edition. Join us on August 28 at Catchlight Studios for a night of online video-watching on a big screen accompanied by popcorn, beer and good people. We also have a special perk. Etchstar will be providing on-site etchings for attendees’ cell phones. NewTeeVee Screening in L.A. next week. It will be a great opportunity to meet the GigaOM and NewTeeVee teams, as well as other folks from the L.A. tech community. If you haven’t grabbed your free ticket, you had better do it quick!