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Starz Media to Bow Streams on File-Sharing Site

12 Feb, 2007 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Starz Media Feb. 12 announced a distribution deal with peer-to-peer (P2P) technology provider Azureus' nascent high-def site Zudeo.com.

A unit of Liberty Media Corp., Starz' brands include Anchor Bay Entertainment, Manga Entertainment and Film Roman.

Under terms of the deal, select Starz anime, comedy, sci-fi and horror titles will be offered for streaming at $2 to $4 per movie.

Titles include Street Fighter Alpha, Ghost in the Shell, Astroboy, Ninja Scroll, Tripping the Rift and season one from the “Masters of Horror” series.

Zudeo allows users to upload, showcase and distribute for free (or file-sharing) video in high-definition or DVD quality. The site also features search, browse, channel and tagging functions.

A spokesperson for the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company said a download-to-own function (electronic sellthrough) was launched last fall.

“Through this partnership with Azureus, we hope to reach the millions of genre fans online and build upon the avid audience interested in our video titles and series,” said Marc DeBevoise, SVP, business development and strategy, Starz. “We're excited about Azureus' high resolution format and its potential.”

Last December, Zudeo announced a similar deal with BBC Worldwide Limited, a unit of the British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC), for select TV programming, including “Red Dwarf,” “Strange” and “Invasion Earth.” Other titles include “Little Britain,” “Doctor Who,” “Fawlty Towers” (with John Cleese), “Coupling,” “Keeping Up Appearances,” “League of Gentlemen” and “Ideal.”

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