A blip on Akimbo


User-generated-video site blip.tv (www.blip.tv) said it has a deal to deliver its premium content to Akimbo Systems’ broadband video-on-demand service -- the site’s first foray into delivering video to the television.

blip.tv said fare available through Akimbo will be chosen on the basis of content, popularity and production quality, and the channels will be continually expanded and updated. It will be listed in the on-screen Akimbo Guide and users can subscribe to and store blip.tv shows within their personal video libraries. Blip.tv show creators can choose whether their content can be considered for distribution through Akimbo.

On Tuesday, the most popular video on blip.tv was about a puppet maker named Ernie Fosselius and his Mechalodeon traveling theater, but most of the top videos were recorded from TV shows such as MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann and Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report.

Akimbo’s service requires a monthly $9.99 fee and the purchase of a media player, connectable to a television or media-center computer and advertised on its Web site (www.akimbo.com) for $69.99. Its most watched programs as of Tuesday included shows from Anime Network, Ripe TV and Travel Channel.