Hailing Frequencies Open!5 Feb, 2002 By: Hive News
Paramount Digital Entertainment and EarthLink have joined forces to create StarTrek.net powered by EarthLink, the universe's only Star Trek-themed Internet access service (visit www.startrek.net). Embracing Star Trek's huge popularity, the new service is designed to provide fans with fast and dependable access to the Internet and the Star Trek universe through themed dial-up and high-speed Internet connections.
The service launch is in conjunction with the premiere season of UPN's "Enterprise," the fifth installment of the Star Trek television series franchise.
"We are pleased to offer our fans this groundbreaking way to make Star Trek part of their everyday lives online," said Paramount Digital Entertainment. president Leonard Washington. "In EarthLink we have a partner highly regarded for its reliable Internet access and exceptional customer service. Combine that with StarTrek.net's unique subscriber-only Star Trek features, and you've got an Internet access service Star Trek fans will find hard to resist."
Subscribers to StarTrek.net will receive the same Internet access as EarthLink subscribers, plus authentic Star Trek theming of their Internet access software and browser, a StarTrek.net e-mail address (i.e., email@example.com), desktop customization options, and exclusive access to specially-created Star Trek content -- at no additional cost to EarthLink's regular prices. StarTrek.net Internet access is offered in addition to the existing StarTrek.com site, which remains a free Web site. StarTrek.net's Internet access provides users with the following benefits:
* Internet Service: Unlimited Internet access provided by EarthLink, priced the same as EarthLink's basic offering, including, EarthLink's 24/7 technical support, e-mail with EarthLink's spaminator anti-spam service, Click-N-Build personal Web site building tools, and more.
* Customized Access: A StarTrek.net email address, in addition to an EarthLink email address, a Star Trek-themed version of EarthLink's popular Personal Start Page SM subscriber portal, a themed browser and e-mail client, plus downloadable desktop customizations, including backgrounds, sounds, icons and more -- all working together to provide an authentic Star Trek experience every time subscribers connect to the Internet.
* Exclusive Content: Regularly updated programming, including planned "sneak peeks" at the Star Trek productions, in-depth interviews with the cast and crew of "Enterprise" and previous Star Trek series, fictional documentaries about the Star Trek universe, news articles, photos, videos and more.
StarTrek.net powered by EarthLink will be available to consumers in the United States and Canada through both dial-up and high-speed connections. Signup is available through various channels, including Paramount's www.StarTrek.com Web site.
"Star Trek has a phenomenal online following, and this is an exciting new way that EarthLink can serve such a loyal group with exclusive content and unprecedented customizable options," said Mike McQuary, president of EarthLink. "Together with Paramount, we've designed a highly-themed and customizable offering that pairs Star Trek-focused content with EarthLink's superior Internet service to enhance every aspect of Star Trek fans' online experience."