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 (www.austinpowers.com).
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
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.