Akimbo Testing Web-based VOD9 Apr, 2007 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Web-based video-on-demand (VOD) service for TV Akimbo Systems April 9 announced that next week it will begin beta testing a download service for the Internet.
San Mateo, Calif.-based Akimbo currently offers subscribers select studio and television network programming through its RCA Akimbo Player set-top box.
Available at Akimbo.com, the pay-per-view service, which also offers horror, suspense, gay and sports content, will be playable on PCs using Microsoft Windows XP and Vista-based operating platforms.
“Although Akimbo is widely available on TV … it is very important that consumers now have the option to enjoy their favorite videos in full TV-quality on any Windows PC,” said Thomas Frank, Akimbo president and CEO.
Separately, the service announced it has inked a deal with the National Hockey League to offer the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs (which begin April 21) on VOD 48 hours after their broadcast on cable station Versus (formerly Outdoor Life Network).
Later this year, Akimbo — using Sonic Solutions On Demand technology — will offer a download-to-own option that allows users to legally burn content onto recordable DVDs playable on standard DVD players and PCs.
In January, Akimbo inked a partnership with AT&T Inc. to release content through the AT&T Homezone set-top box.