AccuWeather is unveiling a VOD channel for cable and broadband that offers viewers interactive local forecasts. "Viewers prefer to have immediate access to and control over the weather information they need, rather than waiting for periodic updates," AccuWeather SVP of new media Jim Candor said.
DirecTV Group plans to offer two VOD services: one delivered by satellite and a second delivered over high-speed Internet connections. The broadband VOD service will use the new HD versions of DirecTV set-top boxes with DVRs, which will be available later this year.
San Francisco announced six proposals to build and operate a citywide Wi-Fi network, including a joint proposal from EarthLink and Google that would offer both free and fee-based Internet service. Another bid came from IBM and Cisco Systems, which said they would build a network with Cisco's hardware and IBM's software.
With the explosion of video on the Internet, ISP networks are being pitched by startups that want to help them make the most of their bandwidth. But it's not clear whether ISPs might not be better off purchasing additional bandwidth.
FX is seeking exclusive sponsors for the series it plans to offer through VOD on DirecTV. The sponsorships would offer a source of revenue in addition to the $2.99 per episode that viewers will be charged.