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Entire VongoSM Movie Library Available for Digital Download by Akamai
Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leading global service provider for accelerating content and business processes online, today announced that Starz Entertainment Group (SEG) is relying on the Akamai Media Delivery service as the underlying video delivery platform for their innovative movie download subscription service, Vongo, unveiled last week . Making broadband entertainment content accessible from a series of devices — both connected and portable — is a critical component of the evolution taking place in the media and entertainment space. The Akamai Media Delivery solution is at the core of this evolution with its proven ability to quickly and reliably scale to support consumer demand for popular broadband digital media services like Vongo.
Vongo was developed to deliver movies and other video content to broadband or wireless-enabled devices that support Microsoft's Windows Media Player 10 and Portable Media Center (PMC). Movies can be played on PCs, laptops, select portable media devices and televisions. Vongo subscribers have access to more than 1,000 movies and video selections, as well as a live stream of the Starz TV channel, for a monthly cost of $9.99 and pay-per-view titles for $3.99 per movie.
SEG needed a technology solution that would support anticipated large volumes of subscriber requests for their library of feature length films and videos. Leveraging Akamai's global digital media delivery platform, Vongo users experience fast and reliable downloads, as well as the high-quality video that they have come to expect from an entertainment leader such as SEG.
"At SEG, we are committed to engaging with our customer base to deliver new services that maximize their entertainment experience," said Bob Greene, senior vice president of advanced services for SEG. "With the launch of Vongo, we're bringing more than 1,000 movies and video content to the public via a "one-stop" service for all types of online and portable viewing. Many of these movies are digitally rich and have incredible special effects, requiring a robust global platform like Akamai's to support high demand."
With Vongo, SEG will offer a rotating slate of feature films and will give viewers access to a wide breadth of content, which will also be available on its cable channel.
"The two primary ingredients to a successful broadband entertainment experience are compelling content and giving consumers content on their device of choice and at their time and place of choice. With the Vongo service, SEG brings a world class library of amazing content directly to consumers," said Robert Hughes, executive vice president of Sales, Services and Marketing at Akamai. "By choosing Akamai Media Delivery as the enabling platform for delivery of this content, SEG can be assured that Vongo subscribers will enjoy a high quality experience similar to watching in their living room, wherever they want to watch it."
Starz Entertainment Group LLC (SEG) is the largest provider of premium movie services in the United States. SEG offers 13 digital movie channels including the flagship Starz® and Encore® channels with approximately 14 million and 25 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment Group airs more than 750 movies per month across its pay TV channels and is a forerunner in offering its subscribers advanced services such as Starz HDTV, Starz On Demand® and VongoSM. Starz Entertainment Group is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation (NYSE: L, LMCb), www.starz.com.
Akamai® is the leading global service provider for accelerating content and business processes online. More than 1,800 organizations have formed trusted relationships with Akamai, improving their revenue and reducing costs by maximizing the performance of their online businesses. Leveraging the Akamai EdgePlatform, these organizations gain business advantage today, and have the foundation for the emerging Web solutions of tomorrow. Akamai is "The Trusted Choice for Online Business." For more information, visit www.akamai.com.
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The release contains information about future expectations, plans and prospects of Akamai Technologies, Inc.'s management that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors including, but not limited to, the effects of any attempts to intentionally disrupt our services or network by unauthorized users or others, failure to have available sufficient transmission capacity, a failure of Akamai's network infrastructure and other factors that are discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and other documents periodically filed with the SEC.