Vid-Biz: Redbox, Soapbox, Facebook

Redbox Signs Sony to $460 Million Distribution Agreement; five-year deal has the studio providing DVDs to the kiosk rental company, the first such studio deal for Redbox. (Video Business)

Soapbox R.I.P.; Microsoft decides to just kill off its UGC video site. (paidContent)

Facebook Served 1B Video Views in June; engineer says he’s dealing with half a million videos a day. (Facebook)

BrightRoll Breaks into comScore Top 10; company says video ad market is stabilizing, with pre-roll CPMs up up 3.1 percent from last quarter. (BrighRoll) (Disclosure: BrightRoll is funded by True Ventures, which also funds the GigaOM Network.)

Danny DeVito Gets Hands Bloody with Web Content; actor’s web site will launch with 5 of a reported 50 horror short films at Comic-Con this Friday. (Variety)

Commercial Time Up 3.5 Percent Last Year; broadcast networks showed 5,688 prime-time commercial minutes in 2008, up from 5,492 in 2007. (MediaPost)

VOD Use Jumps 15 Percent Year-Over-Year; Rentrak reports that June was the biggest month for VOD viewing, with an average viewing time of 16.5 minutes per day per active unique set-top box. (TV by the Numbers)

Cinetic and Babelgum Extend Partnership; web TV service will get six new films exclusively including Wild Seven, Scrambled Beer and Jack Says. (emailed release)

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