ZTV Beta: Video Download Store For ZVUE Users

ZTV beta has free and Pay ‘n’ Play download options for video lovers with ZVUEs; ZTV will expand in mid-2006 to include a video subscription service called ZVISION.

HandHeld Entertainment has announced the beta launch of ZTV, an online video download store designed specifically for users of the company’s ZVUE portable media players.

The beta version of ZTV is found online where lovers of digital video on the go can find hundreds of free video selections in a dozen genres, as well as hundreds of Pay ‘n’ Play video selections available for online purchase from $0.99 to $1.99 per downloaded video. HandHeld Entertainment also announced plans today to expand ZTV in mid-2006 with a video subscription service known as ZVISION. Additional details on ZVISION will be revealed by the company at a future date.

“We’ve been announcing video content agreements for the past 12 months, which has allowed HandHeld Entertainment to accumulate one of the largest online libraries of portable video content in the world,” said Jeff Oscodar, president and chief executive officer of HandHeld Entertainment. “Initially, this content has been particularly targeted for our ZVUE users, but that is changing.

“We believe that the two greatest challenges to helping portable video players become a widespread phenomenon are 1) being able to provide fun and easy-to-use solutions for taking video on-the-go at an affordable price, and 2) delivering compelling and easy-to-get video content in the formats and at the prices that people want. Today’s unveiling of ZTV, coupled with our growing family of ZVUE portable media players, provide a complete portable video solution that does just that.”

Since January 2005, HandHeld Entertainment has entered agreements with more than a dozen media companies, ranging from video partners such as LikeTV and Fun Little Movies to music partners such as Real Networks and eMusic. As a result, ZVUE users have had access to an online music library of more than 1.5 million songs (similar in size to iTunes), as well as a growing library of free and pay-per-view/pay-per-download (PPV/PPD) video content that now totals approximately 4,000 titles, making it one of the largest online video libraries in the world.

“We’re just getting started on building our library of video content,” Oscodar said, “and we intend to continue growing ZTV to create what we believe will become the premier site for portable video downloads on the Internet. This store of downloadable videos will include free, pay-per-download (PPD) and subscription pricing with videos available for any ZVUE user anywhere.”

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