Bill Briggs , Senior Editor
Akimbo Subscribers Will Be Able to Access Popular Selections from Yahoo! Video for Viewing Directly on TV
CES, LAS VEGAS – Jan. 10, 2007 – Akimbo™, the first and largest Internet video-on-demand service for TV, today announced that it is working with Yahoo! to bring the best of Internet video directly to the TV via the Akimbo Service. Akimbo subscribers will be able to browse a selection of popular and high-quality video updated regularly from the Yahoo! Video service http://video.yahoo.com), access titles for free and watch them on TV whenever they want.
“Yahoo! Video captures highly relevant and quality videos on the Internet, making it a stellar addition to the Akimbo Service,” said Akimbo CEO Josh Goldman. “Akimbo subscribers will appreciate the option to watch the latest Internet video sensations like ‘Camping Out for PS3’ on TV in the comfort of the living room.”
Yahoo! Video allows users to discover the world of Web video. As a leader in Web video, Yahoo! hosts and serves hundreds of millions of music, news, sports, movies, and television videos per month. Yahoo! Video combines these assets with content from across the Internet, enabling users to determine what videos are most important to them.
The award-winning Akimbo Service features more than 14,000 movies, TV series and unique shows from over 200 content partners for watching on-demand on television. Akimbo subscribers browse the user-friendly, onscreen Akimbo Guide and select from an incredible array of mainstream and niche video spanning 100 categories – including hundreds of Hollywood studio movies via Movielink™, classic films, indie flicks, foreign language shows, extreme sports, travelogues, how-to programs and children’s videos.
This holiday season Akimbo unveiled the brand new RCA Akimbo Player, an Internet video-on-demand set-top box retailing for $199.99 on Amazon.com, at Fry’s Electronics and on Frys.com. Akimbo is also accessible from the Online Spotlight area of Microsoft Windows Media Center 2005 PCs and will soon be available on the AT&T; Homezone home entertainment service.
A subscription to the Akimbo Service costs $9.99 a month. For more information, please visit www.akimbo.com.
Akimbo is the first company to deliver digital-quality video-on-demand to any television via a broadband-Internet connection. Named to the OnHollywood 100 by AlwaysOn and “Best of What’s New” by Popular Science, Akimbo also accepted 2005 Digital World Innovations and CES Best of Innovations 2005 awards for its easy-to-use and affordable Internet video-on-demand service. As an aggregator of brand-name and specialty video content, Akimbo provides one of the worlds’ largest collections of on-demand programming to companies including AT&T;, Microsoft Corp., Sonic Solutions and Thomson Corp. Akimbo has offices in San Mateo, Calif. and is a privately held company funded by AT&T;, Blueprint Ventures, Cisco Systems Inc., Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Sprout Group and Zone Ventures. For more information, visit www.akimbo.com.