MovieFlix fare to ZapMedia - The Hollywood Reporter
By: Chris Marlowe
ZapMedia.com Inc. today announced a deal with MovieFlix.com that will provide users of ZapMedia's Internet devices direct access to broadband entertainment.
ZapMedia gives its subscribers access to e-mail, movies, music and multimedia transferred via the Internet -- using a set-top box known as a ZapStation -- to a television or home stereo as well as to a range of such co-branded devices as cell phones and personal digital assistants.
Anyone with broadband Internet access can view MovieFlix.com content on either MovieFlix's site or the sites of its partners, including NBCi, Real Networks, BigStar.com, Trimark Pictures, Rogers Communications, RoadRunner, Screaming Media, IFILM and StreamSearch.
"With ZapMedia, you'll have high-quality broadband streaming straight to your television set," MovieFlix.com CEO Opher Mizrahi said. "Using other ways of access, you'll be watching (MovieFlix films) on your PC."
ZapMedia has selected 250 titles from MovieFlix's library of more than 1,200 classics, independents, shorts, cartoons and television shows for inclusion in this deal. "This will probably be added to in the future," Mizrahi said. "We've done similar spotlighted, customized content deals with NBCi, BigStar.com and Akoo.com."
The media convergence company has other preferred content provider deals in place for personalized news, finance, weather, sports and other categories. Primary among these is a strategic partnership with media conglomerate Gannett/USA Today. That deal, entered into in May, was valued at $270 million.
Terms of the MovieFlix.com deal were not disclosed. "We structure all of our deals case by case, but I can tell you that they are all on a cash basis," Mizrahi said. Both companies are privately held.
"We continue to secure content and distribution partnerships that allow our customers access to premier music, movies and news," ZapMedia chairman and CEO Ken Lipscomb said in a statement. "The relationship with MovieFlix will further increase the consumer's product distribution choices. It's about consumer control and offering our customers a true home-theater experience."
August 28, 2000 - The Hollywood Reporter
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ZapMedia, MovieFlix Cut Content Deal - Paul Kagan & Associates
ZapMedia.com, Inc., a self-described “media convergence technology company,” is teaming up with broadband film provider MovieFlix.com to expand the video entertainment offerings to ZapMedia subscribers.
ZapMedia users will be able to select from 250 on-demand titles from the MovieFlix library of Hollywood classics, independent films, short films and TV shows, to view over the Internet via streaming-video technology. Both companies are privately held.
ZapMedia is based in Atlanta, MovieFlix in Los Angeles.
August 28, 2000 - Paul Kagan & Associates
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