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— MySpace launches original series: MySpace today launched its new hidden-camera reality show Special Delivery, its second original web series (after Roommates) designed specifically for MySpaceTV. The Special Delivery MySpace profile features on-demand archives and will employ the usual interactive features.
— Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) Sports to distribute UFC events: Expanding their relationship, Yahoo Sports has agreed to distribute Ultimate Fighting Championship’s pay-per-view events online, Multichannel News reports. Fans will be able to watch over a dozen live UFC PPV events on the UFC Yahoo Sports site beginning with the first event, UFC 82: Pride of a Champion, on Mar. 1, as well as unlimited archival viewing for a fee of $44.95. The deal expands last year’s arrangement in which Yahoo began offering UFC news and entertainment coverage in a mixed-martial arts channel that also offered live streaming of UFC PPV weigh-ins and press conferences.
— Warner Bros. and HP introduce media lab: WB and HP have unveiled their on-site research center to further consumer testing for media content, including broadband, pay-per-view, VOD and gaming, according to TVWeek. The media lab, equipped with audio and video recording capabilities that send observations remotely to clients and executives, includes eight user bays with HD monitors connected to broadband internet, cable and satellite TV, hi-def video players and game consoles. WB has been working on the center for two years and hopes to develop consumer-friendly content using information aggregated from its research.
— Akamai (NSDQ: AKAM) launches new gaming portal: Akamai Technologies has launched Games on the Edge, a portal featuring gaming content as well as solutions for accelerating game delivery and providing faster and more reliable game downloads. Introduced at GDC, Games on the Edge offers game demos, screen shots, and hi-def trailers to help developers most effectively reach online gamers and optimize gamers’ online experience. (via Release.)
— Ripe Digital to premiere new show; more in the works: Online video platform will launch a series of ad-supported reality shows on its site, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Signing on TV writing-producing team Ross McCall and Aaron Peters, Ripe Digital will debut dating show Model Dating: Hawaii with comedian Jamie Kennedy as host and has confirmed two others, Ripe: Are You In? and The One are in the works. Ripe said it has about 100 shows in the development phase.
— HBO premieres YouTube channel: HBO has launched its own branded channel on YouTube where it will stream promotional content such as clips or highlights for films and documentaries as well as TV shows like Flight of the Conchords, The Wire, Def Comedy Jam, Real Time with Bill Maher, Entourage and more, reports Multichannel News. The channel will also feature whole episodes of its new drama series In Treatment.
— Pakistan causes YouTube outage: Most internet users around the globe lost access to YouTube for several hours Sunday after an attempt by the Pakistani government to restrict access to its citizens went awry, reports AP. On Friday, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority ordered 70 ISPs to block the nation’s YouTube access because of anti-Islamic clips featured on the site, but accidentally blocked access for two-thirds of the global internet population. When PTA established a route that discarded local users’ requests for YouTube videos, it mistakenly published that route to the international data carrier. Hong Kong’s PCCW Ltd., one of the world’s largest data carries, confirmed the route, resulting in the outage, where in Asia, it lasted for up to two hours.