— Five: The TV channel improving its VOD catch-up service Demand Five by making it available to Mac and Linux users. A Flash-based version is also launched this week and is designed to increase viewing among PC users and the company says more upgrade to the service are due this year. Demand Five launched last July and shows Five programmes online and via BT (NYSE: BT) Vision for 30 days after broadcast. From NMA.
— BBC Sport: Auntie has signed a three-year deal to show Premier League football highlights on its Match of Day and Match of the Day 2 programmes and some — but not all — of that content will be shown on iPlayer. As the Beeb’s director of sport Roger Mosey says on the BBC Editors’ Blog, MOTD2, shown on Sunday nights, will be available via iPlayer on Tuesdays, but the Saturday night show showing extended highlight’s of Saturday’s matches will not and will instead be simulcast live online. The deal also includes the rights to show up to 30 minutes of highlights from every game from each Tuesday. The iPlayer restriction is related to BT Vision and BSkyB’s joint ownership of the Premier League VOD rights, a deal that expires at the end of the 09/10 season. Via techradar.com.
— Livestation: While the BBC is pilloried for its refusal to show the Disaster Emergencies Committee appeal advert for the people of Gaza, VOD site Livestation is capitalising and announced plans to act as a free platform for charities to show their appeal videos during crises. Livestation will show the clips free of charge, including the current DEC Gaza appeal.