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National Geographic Embraces File Sharing

26 Feb, 2007 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Azureus Inc., the Palo Alto, Calif.-based provider of high-def file-sharing site, Zudeo.com, has inked a distribution deal with National Geographic Ventures for select short- and long-form programming.

Last week, National Geographic Home Entertainment announced March 27 it would release its first title, acclaimed lion and buffalo documentary Relentless Enemies in both next generation optical media formats, HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

Under terms of the deal, National Geographic would begin licensing video clips of animals, people and places, news and history, as well as long-form, factual-based programming to Zudeo users in the United Kingdom.

A similar offering to U.S.-based users will be available shortly.

Long-form titles offered include: Pyramids of Death, King Tut's Curse, Lost Kingdom of the Maya, Da Vinci's Code Revealed and Surviving Everest, among others.

Azureus, which launched last December, has aggressively sought content for its nascent service, including inking deals with BBC Worldwide, Bennett Media Worldwide and Starz Media.

“Our partnership with National Geographic further solidifies our commitment to provide users with diverse and entertaining content offerings,” said Gilles BianRosa, CEO of Azureus. “We are excited to offer an exceptional online viewing experience for high-resolution content from top-tier companies such as National Geographic.”

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