Pocket PC Offers Downloads on the Fly17 Jun, 2002 By: Hive News
Handheld content distributors Pocket PC Films has signed a new contract with nREACH to distribute feature films and other programming through nREACH's innovative patent-pending Mobile Content Kiosk powered by Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows Media, the .NET Framework and Visual Studio NET.
Kiosks will be in U.S. airports, retailers, malls, and public "hot spots" by Fall 2002, the two companies announced.
Under the terms of the agreement, nREACH kiosks will include Pocket PC Films' entertainment product from their library of more than 25,000 titles, including titles from the recent distribution deal signed with Lions Gate Entertainment. To download programming from an nREACH kiosk, PDA users will simply insert their preferred media card or disc into a corresponding slot. After a small financial transaction, the film or other programming will then transfer directly onto the card with download speeds under three minutes.
"With nREACH's kiosk platform, it will be easier than ever to put programming on a handheld device," remarked Darrell Griffin, president, TuneIn Entertainment/Pocket PC Films. "This new technology will be an extremely effective way to introduce users to the capabilities of their handheld device, and allow users to put programming on their PDAs without the need for a laptop or desktop computer."
"We are very excited to be working with an industry leader such as Pocket PC Films," remarked Mike Stemple, CEO of nREACH. "Their unique and varied film library is an integral feature to our Mobile Content Kiosk. Now handheld users can choose from an assortment of great titles and instantly view them wherever they are."
In addition to this deal with nREACH, Pocket PC Films distributes video programming via CD-ROM at retail, for use on Pocket PC and Palm OS devices. To support Pocket PCs, Pocket PC Films uses its patent-pending Pocket Cinema Installer software to view programs on the Microsoft Window Media Player and uses the Generic Media gMovie Player to view programming on the Palm OS system. This enables Pocket PC Films to deliver VHS quality video on PDAs, with installation and viewer programs provided on each CD-ROM. Disks retail between $9.99 and $49.99 SRP each.