1. Epix To Launch Video-On-Demand Service Featuring James Bond

    By Devin Zydel on 2009-05-14

    Epix, a new movie service formed by Paramount, MGM and Lionsgate, is planning to launch an online HD video-on-demand service using a dynamic-streaming feature offered with Akamai Technologies’ content-distribution network.

    Multichannel News reports that this new VOD service will include the rights to 17 remastered James Bond films.

    Other films and shows to be included are Star Trek, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Cloverfield, Defiance, Drillbit Taylor, The Duchess, How She Move, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Iron Man, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

    Epix previously said it was expecting to launch initially as a broadband-video service in May, followed by the linear cable channel in October, although the company declined to say when it will officially launch or provide pricing for the service.

    Akamai is offering the dynamic-streaming feature through Adobe Flash Media Server 3.5. With the feature, video playback adapts to the capabilities of users’ computers, adjusting the bit rate of the video stream for lower-speed processors or slower Internet connections.

    ‘The Epix model of commercial-free, uninterrupted current Hollywood movies will set a new online content bar,’ Epix chief digital officer Emil Rensing said in a statement. ‘Akamai’s dynamic streaming solution enables us to be one of the first to provide the accessibility, quality and convenience which today’s digital consumers desire. We’re excited to build our online ecosystem with a partner who is also intent on delivering tomorrow’s technology today.’

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