BBC upgrades iPlayer OTT video service; Zeebox sets U.S. launch

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> The BBC has upgraded the iPlayer OTT online video service to include Live Restart, enabling viewers to rewind and restart live TV on the iPlayer without waiting for the program to end. The new method breaks up H.264 video into chunks that are delivered as HTTP packets. Article

> As if the market's not crowded enough already, U.K.-based social TV app maker Zeebox said it will carry its programming guide across the ocean and place it in the U.S. within 60 days. It probably will help (can't hurt?) that the company hired former Time Warner executive Jason Forbes to lead the U.S. push. Article

> Alloy Digital has acquired online entertainment news producer Clevver Media in a deal that it says brings in over 8 million YouTube subscribers. Article

> Online video viewing is on the rise in the Great White North, where 71 percent of Canadians reportedly have watched an online video in the past month, a CBC/Radio-Canadian Media Technology Monitor report said. Article

> British film classics will be available to audiences worldwide as a goal of a partnership between online video provider Distrify and BFI, described as the lead body for film in the U.K. Article

And finally … as if this is surprising news, online video companies are ramping up their lobbying efforts in what some see as a David versus Goliath battle with deep pocketed cable TV providers and ISPs. Article

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