SOURCE: Avail-TVN

Avail-TVN

May 17, 2010 09:12 ET

Avail-TVN Scores FIFA World Cup Action With Univision

Company to Provide Next-Day Availability for All 64 World Cup Games

SHERMAN OAKS, CA--(Marketwire - May 17, 2010) - Avail-TVN, the largest digital media services company in North America, today announced it has been selected by Univision to be its VOD services partner for the FIFA™ World Cup South Africa. Taking place from June 11 - July 11, the FIFA™ World Cup is the most-watched sporting event in the world. 

Under an industry-wide agreement, Avail-TVN will provide a wide array of Live-to-VOD services including broadcast signal acquisition and file capture, Nielsen C3 watermark verification, encoding across multiple codecs, asset management, and distribution of both SD and HD versions for all 64 games in the tournament. In participating systems, digital subscribers will be able to access any game via On-demand for viewing at their convenience 24 hours after it aired. In addition, Avail-TVN will provide marketing support including menu mapping, barker support and other marketing services to enable easier content discovery

With a cumulative global viewership of 26.3 billion for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, demand for access to 2010 World Cup games will be high. This represents the first time that all of the tournament action will be available via VOD.

"High-value sporting events, like the World Cup, with a global audience and enormous consumer interest across all time zones, are a natural fit for Avail-TVN's On-demand platform," said Jim Riley, Chief Revenue Officer at Avail-TVN. "Univision's ambitious World Cup offering is unprecedented and it allows soccer fans to catch all the exciting action on their own schedule, 24-hours after the actual game; we are thrilled to have been chosen to support Univision's marquee tournament coverage."

About Avail-TVN
Avail-TVN is the largest digital media services company in North America. Working with every major studio and television network, the company offers a full content line up of MPEG-4 encoded live programming as well as video on-demand content in MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 to multichannel video providers throughout the US, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico. The Avail-TVN platform is an open, advanced technology, offering the most comprehensive, end-to-end solution for licensing, managing, distributing and marketing linear and on-demand content to virtually any platform today and is extensible to support the new services of tomorrow. For more information, please visit www.avail-tvn.com.