Starz and RealNetworks Launch First Subscription Premium Movie Service For Broadband
Available for High-Speed Customers, STARZ! Ticket on Real Movies Offers 100 + Movie Slate Including Blockbusters "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" and "Finding Nemo"
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Powered by RealPlayer 10 Technology, STARZ! Ticket on Real Movies Offers Business Travelers and Consumers the Ability to Enjoy Hit Movies on the Road
Englewood, CO. and Seattle, WA June 14, 2004 RealNetworks®, Inc. (Nasdaq: RNWK) and Starz Encore Group LLC (Starz) today announced the immediate availability of the first premium subscription movie service delivered over high-speed broadband connections to PCs. Offering major, recently released motion pictures, the service, called STARZ! Ticket on Real Movies, is available at http://movies.real.com or www.starz.com.
STARZ! Ticket on Real Movies gives subscribers unlimited access to a rotating library of premium, major motion pictures for only $12.95 per month. Unlike pay-per-view services, STARZ! Ticket on Real Movies does not charge a separate fee each time a movie is downloaded. Offered in RealVideo® 10 and through RealPlayer®, movies will take as little as 20 minutes to download depending on the speed of the subscribers broadband service. Additionally subscribers will have access to a streamed version of the STARZ! linear service, marking the first time a premium movie channel has been delivered simultaneously over broadband.
"Starting today, Starz and Real are delivering a breakthrough service that gives broadband consumers a new way to watch movies whenever and wherever they want," said Rob Glaser, founder and CEO, RealNetworks. "As the leader in consumer media subscription services delivered over the Internet, were proud to be partnering with Starz to deliver yet another first to consumers. Our Rhapsody service has already given hundreds of thousands of broadband consumers the ability to listen to what they want, whenever they want it, for one simple monthly price. STARZ! Ticket on Real Movies now offers the same great benefits to broadband consumers who love movies."
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SOURCE: RealNetworks Press Release