HandHeld Entertainment™ (NASDAQ: ZVUE), a global digital entertainment company, today announced it has begun offering its customers free, ad-supported, streaming video segments from Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC/Radio-Canada).
Under terms of the agreement with CBC/Radio-Canada, HandHeld Entertainment will stream free, ad-supported CBC news and entertainment video segments on the HandHeld network of seven Web sites from some of the most popular and successful CBC television shows, including “The National,” “CBC News Sunday,” “ZeD,” “The Hour,” “Fashion File” and “Retrobites.” Select interviews with actors such as Academy Award®, winner Russell Crowe and Golden Globe® winner Jim Carrey, as well as hit recording artists such as Shania Twain, Dixie Chicks, Norah Jones, Ludacris and Josh Groban will be available for free viewing on all of HandHeld Entertainment’s Web sites. Viewers will also have access to fashion tips from the likes of Jean Paul Gaultier, Louis Vuitton and Oscar de la Renta because of the new streaming agreement.
“These streaming selections profile some of the hottest celebrities and are among the most informative and entertaining segments on the Internet,” said Jeff Oscodar, president and chief executive officer of HandHeld Entertainment. “For example, some of the most recent CBC segments include a feature on pop sensation Avril Lavigne and her newest album, as well as a news report about the two world-famous, hand-holding otters from the Vancouver Aquarium. As such, CBC is great partner for providing news, information and entertainment that our customers around the world want to see.
“We’ve now started making these and other CBC selections available for free viewing at ZVUE.com™, and we’ll soon begin offering these segments on our six other Web sites as well. Our partnership with CBC is a further step in reaching our goals of bringing both premium content and user-generated content to our global audience and establishing a strong advertising-based online business model.”
Free streaming CBC video segments will soon be available from each of HandHeld Entertainment’s six other Web properties: Putfile.com™, YourDailyMedia.com™, FunMansion.com™, Dorks.com™, UnOriginal.co.uk™ and Holylemon.com™. As a result of this and a previous agreement with CBC, HandHeld’s customers will be able to view these free selections on any personal computer, HandHeld’s branded ZVUE™ personal media players and other PMPs that support Windows Media Player.
“This new agreement is an excellent way to help get our great shows and video segments into the hands of Canadians and non-Canadians alike around the world,” said Bob Kerr, director, business and platform development for CBC/Radio-Canada.
HandHeld Entertainment’s network of seven Web properties in the United States and Europe offer more than 525,000 premium and free videos and other media available for purchase, download and/or streaming. These include music videos, anime features, television shows, movies, cartoons, independent films, documentaries, and news, entertainment and sports programs from companies ranging from Sony BMG to IMG Media, Showtime to Comedy Time and from Canadian Broadcast Corp. to Fun Little Movies, as well as free user-generated and user-submitted video selections and other forms of media. Customers can also select from millions of songs that can be played on a PMP through HandHeld Entertainment’s relationships with eMusic and Rhapsody.
About HandHeld Entertainment, Inc.
HandHeld Entertainment (NASDAQ: ZVUE) is a global digital entertainment company. Its network of Web sites (Putfile.com, YourDailyMedia.com, FunMansion.com, Dorks.com, UnOriginal.co.uk, Holylemon.com and ZVUE.com) now house more than 525,000 user-generated and premium videos in total – videos available for download/purchase or free viewing. Its ZVUE personal media players are mass-market priced and are currently available for purchase online and in more than 2,200 Wal-Mart stores throughout the U.S.
“Safe Harbor” Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995
This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors including the ability of the company to successfully commercialize its new technologies as well as risk factors set forth from time to time in HandHeld Entertainment’s filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including Annual Reports on Form 10-KSB, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-QSB and Current Reports on Form 8-K and other reports filed by the company with the SEC. The company undertakes no obligation to publicly release the result of any revisions to these forward-looking statements, which may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. As a result, investors should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.
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