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
"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.
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
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
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 .
SOURCE Entriq Inc.