SmartVideo Announces Deals with ABC, NBC, and the Weather Channel

Jan 11, 2005


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SmartVideo Technologies, Inc. has announces agreements that will allow SmartVideo to deliver television broadcasts from NBC Universal and The Weather Channel to cellular-internet enabled mobile devices ("Smartphones") using Microsoft's WindowsMedia Mobile technology. SmartVideo has announced a similar agreement with ABC News that will allow for the distribution of on demand video and live news coverage.

SmartVideo Technologies has secured licensing agreements with NBC Universal and The Weather Channel to offer their content as part of the SmartVideo TV programming lineup. The agreement with SmartVideo means that all Smartphone cellular users will now be able to watch MSNBC and CNBC live, 24 hours a day on their handsets. In addition, the NBC offering will include NBC Mobile, NBC Universal's customized content for mobile phones, which includes multiple broadcasts throughout the day, in-depth reports, and breaking news.

In its deal with The Weather Channel, SmartVideo's package of services will initially offer consumers access to live coverage of national weather and, shortly thereafter, regular local updates. Weather Channel programming includes on-location live reports and updates by experts in addition to special programs for primetime, mornings and weekends. The Weather Channel also produces and airs original programs such as Storm Stories with eyewitness accounts, historic perspective, commentary, and video relating to dramatic memorable weather events.

SmartVideo subscribers will also have access to ABC News Now, a 24/7 streaming news channel, and daily on demand video from ABC News, including reports from "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings" and "Good Morning America."

Also, as part of its new Marketing and Cooperation Agreement with Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft has agreed to distribute SmartVideo's live television programming lineup to consumers through its WindowsMedia Mobile Portal. Microsoft content will be accessible through www.windowsmedia.com/mobile. Services will include the streaming of live TV, on-demand video, and audio on devices using Microsoft Mobile software. SmartVideo's live and on-demand content will be available for Windows Mobile-based Smartphones and Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs beginning January 6, 2005. With Windows Powered Smartphones, subscribers to the SmartVideo service now can watch live and on-demand television on their handsets, with subscription packages starting at $12.95 per month. SmartVideo expects to announce additional content distribution relationships in the early part of 2005 that will bring sports, entertainment, cartoons and music videos to subscribers, along with content specifically targeted for the financial community, families, children, the Hispanic community, and teenagers.
(www.smartvideo.com; www.windowsmedia.com/mobile)