INTERTAINER AND WINFIRST SIGN FIVE-YEAR VIDEO ON DEMAND DEAL
Deployment to Pass More Than 3.7 Million Homes
CULVER CITY, Calif. and Denver, July 23, 2001 - Intertainer, the
entertainment on demand broadband network, and WINfirst, an innovative
fiber-to-the-home provider, today announced a five-year agreement
to offer video on demand as part of WINfirst's suite of voice, video
and data services. WINfirst customers in major markets across the
western US, commencing with Sacramento, CA, will be able to choose
from more than 700 hours of content, compiled from Intertainer's
slate of first-run movies, television shows, music videos and concerts.
"WINfirst is building a state-of-the-art network that will deliver an incredible amount of bandwidth to the home," said Stephen Ste. Marie, Intertainer President & COO. "By adding Intertainer to that network, WINfirst gives the consumer a compelling, easy-to-understand reason for considering their service."
"The partnership with Intertainer gives our customers access to the widest selection of video on demand entertainment." said Frank Casazza, WINfirst President and COO. "It will enable our customer to enjoy new levels of convenience, choice and control over their viewing experience."
Along with Intertainer, the WINfirst video-on-demand platform includes NCube servers, middleware from Canal +Technologies and Philips set-top boxes. WINfirst is building an entirely new fiber optic network that is designed to offer high-speed Internet, 100% digital cable, and telephone service to every residential neighborhood it serves. WINfirst has received regulatory approval to build networks to more than 3.7 million homes in Sacramento, San Diego, Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Seattle.
Intertainer's broadband entertainment-on-demand service offers instant access to a wide variety of entertainment options, including first-run movies and classic favorites, music videos, full-length concerts and television programs-all within seconds. Customers can view their choices in full-screen, high-quality resolution with complete VCR functionality, allowing them to stop, rewind and fast-forward selections.
delivers the largest selection of movies, music videos, television
and shopping on-demand to your PC or TV. The service features content
from unprecedented partner relationships including Universal Pictures,
Warner Bros., DreamWorks SKG, New Line Cinema, A&E Networks,
NBC, Discovery, ESPN, Pearson Television, Warner Music, EMI Music
and many others. Enhanced TV functionality, interactive advertising,
e-commerce opportunities and personalization features round out
the Intertainer experience. Strategic partners include Comcast,
Intel, Microsoft, NBC, Qwest and Sony.
WINfirst is building a new fiber-to-the-home residential network
using fiber-optic technology in conjunction with Ethernet networking
standards to break the last-mile bottleneck. WINfirst will provide
the highest quality of customer service and choice, the convenience
of one-stop shopping for high speed Internet, 100% digital cable
TV and telephone service and the value of a bundled-service offering.
For more information about WINfirst, visit www.winfirst.com.