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The wireless Internet software company says it will offer search features to ABCNews.com and distribute the news service's multimedia content to Verizon's broadband subscribers.
The online news site pulls out of its arrangement to provide streaming video and news reports to the Web portal.
ABCNews.com has signed a deal with PointMedia, a provider of interactive video kiosks, to provide news, business and entertainment reports to customers at gas pumps. Under the agreement, Walt Disney-owned ABCNews.com will provide PointMedia's PointTV broadcast network with text- and video-based news, including a daily video entertainment report, weekly video business reports, and a text feed of the top news stories. PointTV customers can view the content on color screens resembling TV sets attached to gas pumps. Cold Spring, N.Y.-based PointMedia says it is testing PointTV at several gas stations in New York and Connecticut, including a Mobil station in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
ABCNews.com says it will provide on-demand news and video through RealNetworks' online subscription service. Viewers will be required to pay $9.95 a month to join RealNetworks' GoldPass, which offers exclusive video programming via the Internet from a variety of sources. Programming for this service will include ABCNews' breaking coverage, available through high-speed, or broadband, feeds. Other on-demand programs include "World News Tonight" with Peter Jennings, "Nightline" with Ted Koppel, and Sam Donaldson's "Live in America" radio show.
On-air and online network TechTV says it has inked a deal with news Web site ABCNews.com to exchange technology-related editorial content that will be featured on both sites. Under the deal, TechTV said it will provide ABCNews.com with the latest technology news and product reviews each week. While the stories will be branded as TechTV content, they will appear on ABCNews.com's Web site in the Science and Technology and MoneyScope sections, according to TechTV. In addition, viewers will find related links to relevant stories on TechTV.com. TechTV is owned by Vulcan Ventures--the investment company of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen--which purchased it from Ziff-Davis in November 1999 for $320 million. In March, TechTV launched a live news program, dubbed Tech Live, aiming to bolster its coverage on breaking technology news. ABCNews.com is a news service of ABC News and part of the Walt Disney Internet Group.
The broadcast journalist is quitting his regular 20/20 anchor gig and the White House beat and will launch an Internet-only news program as part of a multiyear deal with ABC News.
ABCNEWS.com told CNET News.com that less than 5 percent of its staff was laid off recently after a summer-long evaluation of the Internet news organization. "We reassigned some people and we realized some of our staff was not necessary going forward," said Katherine Dillon, vice president and general manager for ABCNEWS.com. Dillon said some of the employees have been offered positions at Starwave, ABC.com, and the new portal dubbed the Go Network. Shareholders are set to vote on that deal involving Disney, Infoseek, and Starwave Nov. 18.
ABCNews.com has tapped CNET: The Computer Network to be its third-party source for technology news coverage, the two companies said today. CNET will provide content to ABC's technology news section and also provide product information from its COMPUTERS.COM site to ABC. No financial terms were disclosed.
The Go Network, Disney and Infoseek's much-anticipated joint portal, will launch on Sunday, December 13, Infoseek has confirmed. The site will combine Disney-owned content properties, such as ABCNews and ESPN, with Infoseek-branded search and content. In June, Disney acquired a 43 percent stake in Infoseek.