Vubiquity Makes Deal With Frontier4 Jan, 2016 By: Stephanie Prange
Vubiquity has inked a three-year deal with Frontier Communications, a U.S. telecommunications and multiplatform video distribution company, to provide all the electronic-sellthrough (EST) films and television series for Frontier’s pending acquisition of 1.2M Verizon FiOS customers in California, Texas and Florida.
“We’re extremely pleased to be supporting our colleagues at Frontier as they increase their base of customers as part of the pending Verizon transaction,” said Darcy Antonellis, CEO of Vubiquity. “Providing the library of content and managed services support for Frontier’s EST offering is a terrific offering for its customers as they look to purchase digital theatrical and TV titles for their libraries. Supporting EST is critical for content creators and services providers like Frontier worldwide.”
Antonellis said transactional providers are looking closer at offering EST, especially with specific genres such as kids titles.
"EST is an important, additional consumer offer," she said. "A number of transactional services have made inquiries about adding EST as a consumer option."
Vubiquity will provide Frontier with an end-to-end solution, licensing EST titles — from major blockbusters to smaller independent films as well as select television series — while managing the storage, transcoding and delivery of premium digital content to approximately 1.2 million households in California, Texas and Florida.
The service will be built into Frontier’s VOD platform and will be Ultraviolet enabled, allowing Frontier customers to watch films and TV shows on any device. Vubiqutiy will offer additional services, including an enhanced user interface platform that will allow Frontier to intuitively track and monitor digital assets through Vubiquity’s IntelliVU platform.
“Vubiquity managed the aggregation of the necessary EST rights as well as providing end-to-end content management services for distribution via Frontier's platform," Antonellis said.
“Frontier is a long-standing customer for us, and this is a prominent deal,” she said.
“We are pleased to strengthen our existing relationship with Vubiquity,” said Steve Gable, CTO of Frontier. “Their professional approach to licensing combined with deep technological expertise made it an easy decision, and one which will reap substantial benefits for our customers.”