Intertainer to Launch Video-on-Demand
DAIWA, U.S. Telecommunications, June, 1998
What is Video-on-Demand?
You are home Saturday night and your eight-year-old wants to
watch the latest Batman movie. Your car is in the shop and you
can't go to the video store.
Video on Demand means you can dial-up the movie at any
You are a securities analyst and you miss a company
presentation because of a conflicting meeting.
Video on Demand means you can order the presentation at any
You are a teenager and you can't go to London for a rock
concert and you can't order the pay-per-view video because
you have a date.
Video on Demand means you can order the concert at any
You are a student and you are not feeling well and you miss an
important class. You want to hear your professor's lecture but
you were absent.
Video on Demand means you can order the lecture at any time.
You enjoy history and you want to see President Kennedy's
Video on Demand means you can order the replay of the
speech at any time.
The potential applications of video on demand are virtually infinite.
Intertainer is the world's first interactive broadband service for
on-demand delivery of entertainment programming to the personal
computer or to television. The content is a cross-section of American
pop culture, and includes thousands of hours of high quality video
entertainment in over 20 categories, including music, movies,
fashion, books, games, television, video-chat and shopping
Internet users with multimedia-capable PCs can access Intertainer
through US West's MegaBit service, a high speed ADSL
(asymmetrical digital subscriber line) based broadband platform.
Intertainer was designed through collaborations with Intel, Sun
Microsystems, Sony, Informix and Firefly Networks, Inc. (a technology
venture associated with MIT).
The co-chairmen of Intertainer, Mr. Jonathan Taplin and Mr. Richard
Baskin, have extensive experience in Hollywood and the
entertainment industry. Mr. Taplin's work has included film production
for which he has won Oscar and Golden Globe nominations. His
television work has won three Emmys. Mr. Baskin's work has
involved music composition for which he has won Grammy
nominations. Intertainer's employees are a unique blend of technology
and entertainment professionals. The technical team comes from
technology leaders such as Sybase, Informix, Pacific Telesis Labs
and Apple Computer.