Move Networks in Deal to Power Broadband Video Portals for Germany's ProSiebenSat.1

Move Networks--a Utah-based company which offers patent-pending technologies for delivering live and on-demand, HD-quality, buffering-free broadband video (its technologies are used by, among others, ABC, Discovery Communications, ESPN, Fox, Sky News, Televisa and Warner Bros.), and which recently acquired UK-based IPTV company, Inuk Networks (see article posted on itvt.com, April 22nd)--said Monday that it has signed a partnership agreement with SevenOne Intermedia, the multimedia arm of Germany's largest broadcaster, ProSiebenSat.1. According to the company, the deal will see ProSiebenSat.1 using the Move Networks platform to publish and manage broadband video on its www.prosieben.de Web portal, and subsequently on its www.sat1.de, www.ran.de and www.kabeleins.de portals.

According to numbers from comScore, ProSiebenSat.1's portal is the second-most-watched broadband video site in Germany, with 62,827 videos watched in December, 2008; comScore also reports that 77.1% of the total German Internet audience watched online video, and that the German online video audience watched a combined 233 million hours of video that month. "Germany is one example of a country at the forefront of the broadband video explosion," Move Networks chairman, John Edwards, said in a prepared statement. "SevenOne Intermedia is transforming Internet television in that country by streaming all of their programming in a high-quality experience via Move Networks. By working with SevenOne Intermedia, Move Networks is expanding our international footprint and making Internet television a high-quality experience around the world."

SevenOne Intermedia is offering both ProSiebenSat.1 TV shows and additional Web-original content on its portal via what it bills as a Web-like interface that makes it easier for viewers to search and navigate content. Network TV shows are available on the portal immediately following their linear-TV broadcast, and can be accessed for seven days. "Partnering with Move Networks allows us to deliver some of Germany's most popular programming in the highest available quality to millions of people at once," SevenOne Intermedia project manager, Michael Sandbichler, said in a prepared statement. "We wanted to create an online environment that would be a natural extension of the TV-viewing experience our viewers are familiar with. Move Networks helped us create that, so our viewers never have to miss an episode."

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