SAN DIEGO, Dec. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Entriq, Inc., an innovative company that provides Pay Media services to leading content providers, ISPs, and cable operators around the world, has signed an agreement with FremantleMedia to provide content protection, end-user authorization, billing and customer care for FremantleMedia's "World Idol" pay-per-video offering on the Internet. With the Entriq solution, consumers will have the ability to stream and to download videos in Windows Media format from www.worldidol.tv for a fee and utilizing a payment system accessible from all relevant territories. The announcement was made today by Jan Steenkamp, Entriq, Inc. and Melissa Goodman, Sales and Marketing Manager, FremantleMedia Licensing Worldwide. "We are delighted that we could work with FremantleMedia on implementing the Entriq solution that had them up and running very quickly," said Mr. Steenkamp. "Our service is a proven platform for high-value content owners and service operators to deploy an Internet pay media operation, and the 'World Idols' event is a perfect example of just how easy and efficient it can be to start capitalizing on high-value media content delivered over the Internet." "With 11 television broadcasters around the world airing the 'World Idols' event and each linking to the worldidol.tv website, we needed to choose a solution that would be flexible on implementation," said Ms. Goodman. "Entriq has provided us with an all-inclusive package that supplied all the tools we needed to capitalize on this timely, popular world event. Moving forward, we hope to develop additional models and avenues to leverage new revenue streams for content using Entriq." FremantleMedia created the "World Idol" show to be broadcast in 11 territories worldwide, starting this month. Winners from "Idols" series around the world, including Kelly Clarkson ("American Idol" winner) and Will Young (UK "Pop Idol" winner) who will compete to become the "World Idol." FremantleMedia has added pay-per-view video to its official "World Idol" website and will include approximately 40 videos that will be made available through January 2004. Entriq offers clients a full set of technologies to monitor, manage, protect and sell Pay Media. These include billing and customer care, support and services for Pay Media, conditional access for streaming media DRM for downloaded content, and tools for publishing content online. "Entriq's technology is enabling new business models for content providers that want to connect with a consumer base that is distributed across the world. Events that have appeal to a dispersed audience base can now be monetized efficiently," said Boyd Peterson, The Yankee Group. About FremantleMedia FremantleMedia is one of the largest international producers of entertainment programmes in the world, producing more than 260 programmes in over 40 territories a year. FremantleMedia's international distribution division distributes more than 19,000 hours of programmes to 150 countries worldwide. FremantleMedia is the content business production arm of the RTL Group, Europe's largest television and radio broadcast company, with interests in 23 television channels and 22 radio stations in nine European countries. RTL Group is part of Bertelsmann AG, an integrated media and entertainment company that commands leading positions in the world's major media markets. For further information please see FremantleMedia's website www.fremantlemedia.com About Entriq(TM) With 25 years of pay media experience, Entriq Inc. provides the only comprehensive management and protection solution for Pay Media worldwide. Entriq provides Security, Billing, and Customer Care for both broadcast and online media. Entriq's products and services give content and service providers the complete tools needed to manage and protect valuable media assets they wish to track and/or sell. Entriq clients include some of the world's largest content, network and service providers in the Pay Media industry, including DIRECTV, MTV Networks, M-Net, Shanghai Cable and Canal Digital. Entriq is a wholly owned subsidiary of MIH Ltd., which operates Pay TV companies in Africa, Europe and Asia, as well as technology companies, including Entriq and Irdeto Access. The parent company of MIH is Naspers (Nasdaq: NPSN). Entriq is based in San Diego, CA and has a regional service center in the Netherlands. To learn more, please visit www.entriq.com .
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