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December 11, 2006 12:20 ET

Zip.ca: Canada's Busiest Video Entertainment Website Now Features Free User-Generated Video

Home movies, amateur shorts and uploaded video clips get equal billing with Hollywood hits in Zip.ca community Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, Lifestyle Editor, News Editor, Tech/Telecomm Editor

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 11, 2006) - Ottawa-based online video rental service Zip.ca announced that it is now offering free hosting and sharing of user-generated video content. In addition to providing fast delivery of Canada's largest selection of DVDs to members' mailboxes, Zip.ca now enables Canadians to upload, view, share, and comment on video clips submitted by the community.

With more than 320,000 community members, Zip.ca (www.zip.ca) is quickly becoming Canada's premiere destination for entertainment and has one of the fastest-growing free communities of film lovers in North America. User-generated video clips receive the same billing as Hollywood mega-hits, as Zip.ca community members can now offer reviews and provide ratings of the most frequently viewed and most highly rated videos. To date, the Zip.ca community has already published more than 35,000 unique movie reviews and provided over 3 million movie ratings. By rating titles, members help contribute to Zip.ca's ability to make personalized recommendations for future titles.

"Today's user-gen clip culture is an important part of how Canadians entertain themselves," said Rick Anderson, President and CEO of Zip.ca. "Canadians love to be entertained and the form that entertainment takes has evolved greatly over time with each technological advance: from DVDs and downloadable content to user-generated videos submitted by the community. We're building a one-stop source for all things related to film and video in Canada."

In addition to the user-generated clips, visitors to Zip.ca can watch free videos from various channels and premium videos from TotalVid, the world's largest premium video download store that connects people with their passions. The videos that users watch are then stored in categories such as My Favourites, Recently Viewed, Most Viewed, and Top Rated for easy viewing and categorizing.

About Zip.ca: Zip.ca (www.zip.ca) is Canada's leading online video service, offering the largest selection, best service and best value in online DVD rentals and purchases. Zip.ca offers Canada's most extensive DVD library (over 53,000 titles and growing), provides members with 24/7 online convenience for creating and managing their own personal ZipLists of must-see movies, television shows, music videos and other video selections, and delivers thousands of DVDs daily right to members' doors across Canada. With a variety of low-priced monthly membership plans, Zip.ca provides the best value and convenience in DVD rentals - with no deadlines, no late fees and no hassles. Since opening its virtual doors to Canadian movie lovers on February 11, 2004, Zip.ca has rented over 5 million DVDs to members, from highly-automated distribution centres in Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto. Zip.ca is part of the Momentous.ca family of online enterprises, providing customers with high-quality high-value online services.

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