Pay Per View Briefs


New York -- New Line Television and ACTV
Inc.'s HyperTV Networks Inc. subsidiary said last week that they plan to offer
free Web content synchronized with pay-per-view showings of Austin Powers: The Spy Who
Shagged Me
($205 million at the box office).

Viewers with Internet-connected PCs in the same room as
PPV-enabled television sets will be able to interact with the Web content after
downloading a free HyperTV plug-in from the official Austin Powers Web site (

The content consists of online games, factoids and
interactive trivia playing off the movie. There will also be online chat sessions with
other fans and electronic-commerce opportunities for movie-related products.

Universal City, Calif. -- Universal Television
and Networks Group recently promoted pay-per-view studio veteran Holly
Leff-Pressman to senior vice president of PPV and video-on-demand.

In her new position Leff-Pressman will oversee the
negotiation, licensing, distribution and marketing of Universal's feature films and other
product through PPV and VOD technology worldwide, the studio said.

Leff-Pressman, who has been with Universal since 1995, will
also continue her responsibilities for sales, negotiation and licensing of Universal
filmed entertainment to the hotel PPV market.

Milan, Italy -- Telepiu, Italy's largest
pay-per-view broadcaster, is streamlining more of its multichannel operations with another
"Broadcast MediaCluster" video-server system from SeaChange
International Inc.

To be installed in Telepiu's headquarters here alongside an
existing Broadcast MediaCluster, the second system will enable Telepiu to
further strengthen its digital-video-based operations.

Telepiu is the Italian subsidiary of French pay TV provider
Canal Plus S.A.