Vid-Biz: BBC iPlayer, HBO on the PS3, Rovi on Google TV?


BBC Looks to Ban Third-Party iPlayer Builds; the UK broadcaster doesn’t want to make its programs available to third parties for VOD distribution on an unbundled basis, and has proposed changing its on-demand syndication guidelines. (paidContent:UK)

Sony in Deal to Offer HBO Shows Through PlayStation 3; the agreement will see PS3 users pay a premium price to download episodes from HBO series like Big Love and Entourage as they become available for sale on DVD. (Wall Street Journal)

Rovi Seeks to Guide Google TV; Rovi has been in discussions with Google regarding Google TV and has been talking with other manufacturers about their implementations for the platform. (Broadband TV News)

Comcast i-Guide Goes Wide; the cable operator will finally bring its interactive program guide to Cisco set-top boxes in June, after three years of development. (Multichannel News)

Studios Debate Window Plan; the latest idea for shortening film distribution windows involves making pics available via on-demand 30 video days after a film’s theatrical bow for $20 and up per view. (Variety)

BitTorrent Download Record Shattered by Lost Series Finale; in less than a day, close to a million people have downloaded the last two episodes, with more than 100,000 people sharing a single torrent at the same time. (TorrentFreak)

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