– Sony launching Web-DVD project: Sony (NYSE: SNE) is launching what it intends to be the first of several Web-DVD hybrid film narrative projects early next year. Angel of Death will be released in eight-minute episodes over a two and a half month time frame across as yet unnamed Sony-branded websites before being packaged and sold on DVD. DVD launch dates and pricing have yet to be determined. Last week the company announced that Sony PSP users will now be able to download and watch selections from CanalPlay’s library of 4,000 TV shows and 2,5000 movies. The deal makes the CanalPlay VOD service available without a prior subscription to Canal Plus.
– Tiger Woods chips in record traffic for NBCSports.com: NBCSports.com scored record traffic, thanks to the epic Tiger Woods-Rocco Mediate duel that ended in a sudden-death 2008 U.S. Open victory for Woods. The sports site delivered more than 9.1 million page views to more than 2 million uniques; the 1.5 million-plus video streams averaged more than 17 minutes. NewTeeVee reports that the USOpen.com site reached 600,000 concurrent users at its peak, 2.5 million streams and 3.5 million uniques accounting for 16 million pageviews for the site. Last Thursday and Friday USGA reported 1.2 million streams with the average user spending 2.5 hours on the site.
– Brightcove to roll out new interface, catering to long-form: After dealing with numerous technical issues and complaints, Brightcove plans a fall revamp that will cater more to long-form videos, allowing users to adjust delivery quality based on bandwidth and computational power, along with the options to display descriptions. Brightcove 3 will also offer use of unique URLs for each video, allow users to sync in-page ads with in-page video ads and provide a new interface reminiscent of iTunes’ drag-n-drop control panel. The new service has been in private beta and used by select customers including Fox’s Beliefnet, Lifetime Networks, and Showtime Networks.
– Adobe boasts 15,000 clips, including new CBS and MTV shows: Adobe Systems (NSDQ: ADBE) announced that since it released its new Media Player in April, it now hosts 15,000 pieces of content with over 400 shows provided by major broadcasters, including MTV, Comedy Central and CBS (NYSE: CBS). Aside from offering HD playback in FLV format, consumers can also download video outside the browser and subscribe to TV shows and other videos.
– TV’s Brad Garrett to find love online: The ‘Til Death and former Everybody Loves Raymond star has signed on to produce and star in an online reality series, Dating Brad Garrett. The 10-episode series, also produced by Sony Pictures TV, will run on Sony’s Crackle.com as well as YouTube, AOL (NYSE: TWX) Video, Hulu, VCast and Bravia Internet Video Link. The show will follow Garrett going on 10 different blind dates arranged by his friends and Crackle began accepting audition videos for potential dates last week.