AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - Jun 2, 2011) - Stageside Productions, ACL Live's production company, in partnership with Milyoni, the leader in F-commerce, today announced plans to produce a Pay-Per-View Live-Stream concert on Facebook® featuring iconic jam band Widespread Panic. The Tuesday, June 14th and Wednesday, June 15th Widespread Panic performances will be broadcast live from ACL Live at The Moody Theater in Austin, Texas from 7pm CDT to 11:30pm CDT. Fans will be able to submit questions via Facebook for a pre-show Q&A with Widespread Panic's singer/guitarist John Bell on June 15th.
Fans will be able to view the national music event in full-screen High Definition and in an interactive social setting with friends and other fans on the Widespread Panic and ACL Live Facebook Pages. Viewers can purchase either a single night for $5 or both nights for $10, with unlimited viewing through Sunday, June 19th at midnight. Fans may pay through the use of their Facebook Credits, with PayPal being the preferred payment option. Enthusiasts can RSVP or purchase access to the live-streamed show in advance starting now at Widespread Panic's page at http://www.facebook.com/widespreadpanic?sk=app_126604270752655 and ACL Live's page at http://www.facebook.com/ACL.Live?sk=app_126604270752655.
As part of their yearlong 25th anniversary celebration, Widespread Panic will return to Austin for this original music event showcasing an arsenal of legendary songs that have cemented their status as one of the top touring acts in the country. This is especially exciting since Widespread Panic will be taking an extended break from touring next year.
"Widespread Panic is extremely honored to be teamed up with Stageside Productions, ACL Live, and Milyoni for our first live streaming pay-per-view concert on Facebook. We have always tried to be on the cutting edge of new technology, and this opportunity is a great example of that," said Buck Williams, Widespread Panic Manager.
Stageside Productions will produce the content for the program powered by Milyoni's Social Theater, a new social experience offering within its Conversational Commerce™ platform. Streamed live using encoding leader Kulabyte's multi-screen HD cloud encoding technology, Hyperstream, this concert gives music fans a chance to enjoy a live music show and interact with other fans online, as if they were there together. Milyoni will allow viewers to experience a seamless, high-quality performance by Widespread Panic live or have the option of playing it back on-demand at another time. The Social Theater offering platform incorporates social elements where fans can comment, chat or share the show with friends and family across the country -- ensuring a truly immersive social experience no matter where they are. Milyoni's technology is integrated with PayPal, Symantec, Adobe and Kulabyte, to enable payment, security and high-definition live video streaming.
"Being able to produce a live-streaming concert with Widespread Panic exemplifies our vision for the type of events that the facility was created for. I'm extremely lucky to have the opportunity to showcase the amazing ACL Live venue and share it with everyone across the U.S.," said Freddy Fletcher, Partner, ACL Live and Founder of Stageside Productions. "Taking music to the nation as it's happening -- pretty darn cool."
"Facebook has quickly evolved from a social utility to a music and entertainment hub, reaching over 500 million users a month," said John Corpus, founder and CEO, Milyoni. "We are excited to power one of the first pay-per-view concerts of its kind on Facebook using Milyoni Social Theater -- bringing the live concert experience of such a venerable band like Widespread Panic to a national audience. See you at the show, front and center."
ABOUT WIDESPREAD PANIC
After 25 years, Widespread Panic continue to be one of the top touring acts in the country, playing to packed houses, headlining festivals and setting attendance records at major venues throughout the US. Widespread Panic has released 11 studio albums and 10 live albums, selling over 3 million copies. To commemorate Widespread Panic's 25th Anniversary, the State of Georgia's Senate & House of Representatives each passed resolutions on February 15, 2011 to honor the group for their music, service, charity and longevity. www.widespreadpanic.com
ABOUT AUSTIN CITY LIMITS LIVE AT THE MOODY THEATER
Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater (ACL Live) is a state-of-the-art, 2,750-person capacity live music venue that serves as the new home for the taping of the acclaimed KLRU-TV produced PBS series Austin City Limits, the longest running music series in American television history. The venue hosts approximately 100 concerts a year. ACL Live is nestled next to the W Austin Hotel & Residences™, which are both part of the 1.1 million square foot mixed-use Block 21 project in downtown Austin developed by Stratus Properties and the Canyon-Johnson Urban Fund II. ACL Live is the premier destination in Austin for live performances as well as numerous special and private events, and is one of only two dedicated live music venues in the country built to the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED rated standards of sustainability.
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Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Milyoni, Inc. is the leader in F-commerce. The company's Conversational Commerce™ platform gives companies an easy way to connect and engage with fans, enhance their brands, sell products, and monetize fan pages and branded storefronts on Facebook. Milyoni's Social Shopping and Social Theater products reach over 80 million fans from industry leading customers, including Warner Brothers, The NBA, The Miami HEAT, Oklahoma University and more. www.milyoni.com.
ABOUT STAGESIDE PRODUCTIONS
Stageside Productions is the in-house production company for ACL Live at The Moody Theater. The venue is fully equipped with an HD Broadcast production studio and 5.1 surround sound audio. Stageside brings real music to the world through global live streaming and film capture. Our goal is to provide a state-of-the-art, intimate concert experience for fans across the world. From our living room to yours.
Kulabyte Corporation is a leading provider of advanced video encoding and streaming technologies for live web and mobile streaming. Based in San Marcos, Texas, Kulabyte's engineering and management team is focused on delivering the highest quality video encoding and streaming solutions in the industry. For further information on Hyperstream visit www.hyperstreamlive.com. For a demo, visit live.kulabyte.com/hyperstream from any Flash-enabled device or iPhone/iPad, BlackBerry, or Android mobile device.
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