News: The Office and Blu-ray go VOD

Blu-ray is expanding its offerings to video-on-demand.

The Office: Season Six TV show sceneUniversal Studios Home Entertainment is adding a new VOD special feature to its The Office: Season Six Blu-ray, being released on Sept. 7. Consumers who purchase the three-disc Blu-ray set will be able to watch the new season seven episodes online through their player’s BD-Live Internet connection after they air on television.

Like’s general video release pattern, Universal will offer through BD-Live the last five episodes of The Office season seven after they have aired on TV. The episodes will be available in high-definition, depending on Internet connection speeds.

Meanwhile, a new technology is giving pay-TV operators the opportunity to offer their video-on-demand libraries through consumers’ Blu-ray players.

Web-based TV platform Clearlap and Related Content Database have announced a joint solution enabling Blu-ray player owners to access pay-TV operators’ VOD content without another set-top box.

The system combines Clearlap’s cloud-based content management and delivery platform with RCDb’s Blu-ray Disc software, enterprise server and data services.

The VOD content is made available through the Blu-ray player’s BD-Live Internet connection and streamed by Clearlap’s TV platform.

No news yet on whether any pay-TV operators have signed up to offer their VOD service through Blu-ray players.

About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.