– Slicethepie/SoundOut: Music fan-funding platform Slicethepie has launched a music analytics service SoundOut to give A&R stats on the sales potential of new tracks. The platform leverages Slicethepie’s existing community, which is already rating tracks submitted by unsigned artists, but SoundOut packages users’ ratings as data costing $20 to $50 per track. Music and video distribution service TuneCore has been signed to sell the reports to artists and MusicXray will be offering SoundOut as an embedded service in its existing measurement package.
– Muzu.TV: Music video site Muzu.TV launched in Dublin last July, has signed a content licensing deal with EMI Music in the UK and Ireland, giving its access to more than 5,000 extra videos including promo vids and behind-the-scenes footage of bands. The site already content deals with Sony (NYSE: SNE) BMG and hundred of indies as well as ITN. The site also announces that it is now available to all users globally. Release.
– Simply Media: Digital and online TV producer Simply Media is seeking new programme acquisitions and distribution deals through a new division, Simply Ventures. The company has completed 11 deals since it sold Superstore TV to Ideal Shopping, including the buying Brand Live, owner of GolfBugTV, and selling Retail Digital Networks in May last year. The company produces online financial news show The Money Shot as well as IPTV channels for The Baby Channel, Boots and Borders. From c21media.net.
– BT (NYSE: BT) Vision: Rival telcos BT and Virgin Media (NSDQ: VMED) have signed a deal to allow BT Vision customers to see content from VMED’s LIVING TV channel. Shows like Most Haunted and Extreme: Skinny Celebrities will be available via the VOD service from tomorrow, giving Virgin Media its own branded area on Vision. Vision has 14 other channels including Discovery (NSDQ: DISAB), National Geographic and MTV.