SOURCE: TVN Entertainment

May 01, 2007 13:07 ET

TVN Entertainment Launches "HD VOD Club"

Leading On-Demand Company Partners With Starz Entertainment and Major Hollywood Studios to Provide High-Definition Content for Video Service Providers

BURBANK, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 1, 2007 --TVN Entertainment Corp., the leading television on-demand company, announced today that it has launched the "HD VOD Club," a new High Definition (HD) programming service that showcases on-demand content from major Hollywood studios, Starz Entertainment, and premier event suppliers. The service is launching with several VOD Affiliates including Blue Ridge Cable Television, Bend Broadband, and Charter Communications which is trialing the service.

The "HD VOD Club" delivers about 50 hours of HD on-demand programming each month. The service features HD movie titles from Starz Entertainment, unique Special Event Content and a selection of first run theatrical movies from major Hollywood studios including "Casino Royale" from MGM and "Happily N'Ever After" from Lionsgate.

"VOD and High Definition are simultaneously redefining the television viewing experience," said Jim Riley, EVP of TVN Entertainment. "In order for our affiliates to remain competitive, TVN is creating customized HD VOD solutions that ramp up as our affiliates' HD customer base grows, and the 'HD VOD Club' is step one in that process."

High Definition programming is an increasingly important component of television programming. According to The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), not only are sales of HD TVs up 47% from this time last year, but HD TVs outsold Standard Definition (SD) sets by 90% in 2006. It is projected that there will be more than 50 million HD TV sets in the U.S. by end of 2007.

In addition to the "HD VOD Club," TVN supplies the cable industry with HD on-demand programming from leading cable and VOD networks including MTV, Discovery, National Geographic, Versus and Sportskool.

In anticipation of the move to HD, TVN recently deployed a second satellite transponder along with new VOD receivers to support a major expansion in services. "TVN has invested heavily in the facilities and operations to support our HD VOD service," said Dom Stasi, chief technology officer for TVN. "From High Definition encoding, upgraded Dolby 5.1 audio, bandwidth allocation, storage, asset management, forensics, and secure satellite transport, TVN is actively supporting HD VOD for our affiliates and content partners."

About TVN Entertainment Corporation

TVN Entertainment Corporation, the leading television on-demand company, works with every major studio, network, and telecommunications video provider in North America. TVN is the preferred provider of original on-demand programs and networks. TVN supports an open, advanced technology platform, and offers the most comprehensive, end-to-end solution for licensing, managing, distributing and marketing on-demand content to virtually any platform. For more information about TVN's products and services, please visit

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