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Vivendi To Launch More Online Entertainment

21 May, 2002 By: Hive News


Vivendi Universal Net USA (VUNet USA), the U.S. arm of Vivendi Universal's Paris-based Internet and technology unit, will launch an online entertainment initiative with CenterSpan Communications Corp., the companies announced today.

The companies have tentatively agreed to deliver entertainment content using CenterSpan's C-StarOne content delivery network with a new service expected to debut later this year on one of VUNet USA's music and media properties, which include MP3.com, RollingStone.com, GetMusic.com, MP4.com, EMusic.com, the Flipside Network and Education.com.

"We look forward to working with CenterSpan to launch an innovative entertainment service that offers premier content to millions of online fans," said Steve Sheiner, chief revenue officer of VUNet USA.

"We have developed a value-added service unique to the media and entertainment market," said Michael Kassan, co-president of CenterSpan's Digital Media and Entertainment Group.

"CenterSpan is thrilled to team with an industry leader like VUNet USA to launch a very exciting new entertainment service that can drive revenue for both companies," said Frank G. Hausmann, CenterSpan's chairman and CEO. "C-StarOne's unified support for highly secure audio and video as well as the cost advantages it offers will deliver a compelling consumer experience."

In a separate maneuver, Vivendi Universal is also opening a portal designed to strengthen its game brand.

VUGames.com will provide gaming enthusiasts, the media, job seekers, industry professionals and others with information about the company, its development studios and its roster of popular interactive products.

"The launch of VUGames.com is an important step in further establishing the identity of Vivendi Universal Games," said Andrea Sarkisian, VP, Corporate Communications for Vivendi Universal Games. "Ours is the name behind many of the industry's most popular games -- in showcasing them together, we underscore significantly the breadth and depth of the VU Games portfolio."

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