Kalispell, MT, October 28, 2006 --(PR.com
)-- IPTV service provider Auroras Entertainment is pleased to announce that it has entered into digitization and transport agreements with Starz Entertainment, Fox News Channel, and Playboy TV. These agreements add to the suite of channels that Auroras brings to market for a total lineup of over 160 channels of broadcast content. Auroras has been conducting field trails since June of 2006 and anticipates that its full suite of IPTV services will be commercially available early in 2007.
Auroras CEO Diane Smith praised the vision of the latest programmers that signed with Auroras. "These programmers clearly see that IPTV offers them enormous opportunities. Auroras has worked closely with programmers to craft Digitization and Transport Agreements for our IPTV services that provide unparalleled quality and security. We are working daily on offerings that generate new revenue streams for programmers using archival content and greater on-demand capabilities. Our agreements with programmers of excellence such as Starz, Fox News, and Playboy will facilitate those efforts. We look forward to continuing relationships with these programmers that generate greater revenue opportunities for them and our customers and bring new services to IPTV viewers nationwide."
“Starz Entertainment is pleased with the new Auroras agreement.” said Tom Gove, Vice President, Affiliate Sales and Marketing, for Starz Entertainment. “Auroras may now provide to its customers and telco affiliates a full suite of Starz Entertainment movie programming, including all of the Starz, Encore, and MoviePlex channels, in addition to Starz On Demand and Starz HD. We look forward to working with Auroras in delivering our unmatched collection of movie content. Next year is shaping up to be a great one for our customers highlighted by movies such as Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, The Da Vinci Code, Cars, and Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby coming to Starz in 2007.”
“Beyond meeting the needs and setting the highest standard for MPEG4 based IPTV, Auroras is dedicated to helping content providers maximize their revenue streams and realize the profit potential that IPTV brings. IPTV is so much more than other traditional video platforms - and we are excited to work with programmers that want to explore that capability including our newest partners.” stated Auroras SVP Content, Tracy Anderson.
Auroras Entertainment provides a combination of services and technologies that enables service providers to deploy entertainment services to their customers over their existing broadband IP networks. The Auroras solution offers service providers up to a 90% capital expense reduction over a self-provisioned headend system. To provide these services, Auroras receives over 160 standard and high definition channels of video and over 40 digital music channels at its master headend. This content is encoded utilizing MPEG4 AVC and encrypted with 128 bit AES technology. This groomed content is delivered via satellite to the service providers’ site, where an IPTV Gateway is deployed. The content is then passed over the service provider’s network to a set top box in the subscriber’s home where the content is decrypted and viewed. The service includes Digitization and Transport Rights, wholesale Affiliate Rights, a complete Video-On-Demand Component, IP Set Top Boxes, and complete 24/7 on-call and on-site customer support.
Auroras Entertainment was founded in 2003. Based in Kalispell, Montana, Auroras Entertainment also maintains offices in New York City, NY, Austin, TX and Seattle, WA. For further information contact or Lou Fontana, Director of Marketing, firstname.lastname@example.org - Phone: (406) 752-6555 - www.auroras.tv
About Starz Entertainment
Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie service provider operating in the United States. It offers 16 movie channels including the flagship Starz® and Encore® brands with approximately 15.1 million and 27.1 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment airs more than 1,000 movies per month across its pay TV channels and offers advanced services including Starz HD, Starz On Demand and Vongo(SM). Starz Entertainment is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation that is attributed to Liberty Capital Group, http://www.starz.com/.
Playboy Enterprises is a brand-driven, international multimedia entertainment company that publishes editions of Playboy magazine around the world; operates television networks and distributes programming globally; owns Playboy.com, a leading men's lifestyle and entertainment web site; and licenses the Playboy trademark internationally for a range of consumer products and services.