Image Delivers Content Through Google13 Feb, 2006 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Egami Media, the digital content unit of Image Entertainment, Feb. 13 announced it has signed a non-exclusive distribution deal with Google Video, the Internet search behemoth's nascent online video store.
Google Video, which launched last month at the Consumer Electronics Show, allows consumers to rent or download content through a “24 Hour Pass” option.
Initial Egami offerings include concerts from KISS, The Moody Blues, Cream and Yes; comedy programs from National Lampoon; Jamie Foxx's “Laffapalooza” series; urban films and documentaries from QD3 Entertainment such as Beef, The Freshest Kids and Tupac Shakur: Thug Angel; historic cinema from Film Preservation Associates including Intolerance and The Thief of Baghdad.
Image is joining a growing number of second tier providers eager to disseminate content via Google's impressive user base and Web site traffic. Lionsgate last week announced it was actively seeking to distribute content digitally through a variety of Internet-based portals, including Yahoo, MSN and Google.
"As the public comes to realize that downloading video content online is becoming easier each day, the demand will naturally increase," said Martin Greenwald, president and CEO of Image Entertainment and chairman of the board of Egami Media. "The entry into the market by a non-traditional retailer like Google embodies all that is new and exciting in digital delivery."