our network blog last100 this week, including news that Blockbuster is readying a set-top box in junction with the company's recent acquisition of online movie service Movielink; a version of the BBC's TV catch-up service iPlayer is now available for the Nintendo Wii game console; and Joost competitor Babelgum is moving away from being purely a content distributor to also commissioning original and exclusive content of its own.Lots of Internet TV-related coverage on
The latest company thought to be readying its own Internet TV set-top box plans is Blockbuster, according to Hollywood Reporter. The new set-top device for streaming films directly to TV sets could be announced as early as this month, and would utilize the companys recent acquisition of online movie service Movielink, giving users access to over 3,000 film titles from major Hollywood studios Paramount, Sony, Universal, Warner Bros. and MGM.
A version of the BBCs iPlayer will be made available on Nintendos Wii, announced the UK public broadcasters Future Media and Technology chief Erik Huggers during a keynote speech at the MipTV-Milia conference in Cannes. The move marks the first time the iPlayer will be available on a games console, and perhaps surprisingly, not one designed specifically to be a media center. So much for the trojan horse into the living room strategies of Sonys PS3 and Microsofts XBox 360.
Internet TV platform Babelgum has always pitched itself as serving the interests of independent video producers who want to find and connect with niche audiences. By tapping into the Long Tail, the company maintains its possible to find an audience that rivals or exceeds the mainstream TV audience in any local market. However, Babelgum has now crossed a line, moving away from being purely a content distributor to also commissioning original and exclusive content of its own. Last month, the company announced plans to set up a $10+ million production fund, telling Variety that Babelgum was transforming into a digital media studio. The first of those commissions is thought to be a feature-length environmental documentary about the threatened Athabasca Oil Sands region in Alberta, Canada.