AT&T Homezone TV Service to Feature On-Demand Video Content from Akimbo
Agreement Will Deliver Thousands of Movies and Videos to the TV
San Antonio, San Mateo, California, April 18, 2006, AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and AkimboTM Systems today announced an agreement to offer the award-winning Internet-based Akimbo video-on-demand service to subscribers of AT&T’s HomezoneTM TV service, scheduled to launch later this summer. AT&T Homezone subscribers will use their converged set-top boxes to access thousands of video programs and movies.
AT&T Homezone, currently in trial in several states, will integrate AT&T Yahoo!® High Speed Internet and AT&T | DISH Network programming to provide video on demand, digital video recording, and Internet content, including photos and music, via a new award-winning set-top box. AT&T Homezone will be available to customers who purchase both AT&T | DISH Network satellite television and AT&T Yahoo! High Speed Internet services.
AT&T plans to offer the content available from Akimbo’s library of more than 10,000 television programs and movies-on-demand. Akimbo is the fastest-growing video-on-demand service in the United States, offering videos and movies from more than 165 content partners throughout the world. Each week, Akimbo adds more than 150 new mainstream and niche titles in 85 different categories, such as music, sports, independent film, anime, major motion pictures, education, children’s programming and foreign language.
The service will have an online guide that enables AT&T Homezone subscribers to view a comprehensive listing of all Akimbo videos and movies. To help subscribers find videos that match their interests, the on-screen guide features a video search function, full program descriptions and video previews. Customers can also access the guide remotely from an Internet-connected computer to browse and download programs so that new shows are available for viewing when they get home.
“Our agreement with Akimbo is yet another milestone as we prepare to launch our AT&T Homezone service — an entertainment service that we believe will be more powerful and compelling than anything offered in the market today,” said Scott Helbing, chief marketing officer-AT&T Consumer. “Consumers want better solutions and more choices for entertainment, and we’re committed to delivering that.”
“AT&T’s innovations are legendary, and the Homezone service follows this tradition,” said Joshua Goldman, CEO of Akimbo Systems. “As the first Internet video-on-demand service for TV, Akimbo is delighted to work with AT&T on its groundbreaking Homezone initiative to bring people the best in communications and entertainment, wherever they may be.”
AT&T is the nation’s largest telecommunications provider. With more than 7 million high speed Internet lines in service, AT&T is also the nation’s largest DSL provider. The agreement with Akimbo focuses on maximizing AT&T’s industry-leading high speed DSL customer base and offering differentiated services that consumers increasingly demand.
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With the Akimbo Service, your wish is on demandTM. Named to the OnHollywood 100 by AlwaysOn and “Best of What’s New” by Popular Science, Akimbo has also accepted 2005 Digital World Innovations and CES Best of Innovations 2005 awards. With 12 patent applications featuring more than 150 patent claims, Akimbo is the first company to deliver digital-quality video-on-demand to any television via a broadband-Internet connection. Akimbo has offices in San Mateo, Calif. and is a privately held company funded by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Sprout Group and Zone Ventures. For more information, visit www.akimbo.com.
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