NEW YORK, Sept. 5 // -- Starz Entertainment announced today at HP's "Your Life is the Show" event in New York City the renewal and expansion of an agreement for Vongo, Starz Entertainment's subscription broadband movie and video download service, to be made available on HP and Compaq consumer notebook PCs.
Starz has been working with HP since the spring of 2006 and will continue to give new HP and Compaq consumer notebook PC customers a one-month, unlimited free trial subscription to Vongo. New HP customers and Vongo subscribers have access to more than 2,500 movie and video selections, including first-run Hollywood blockbusters such as Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Ghost Rider, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and The Da Vinci Code.
"The great movies available for download on Vongo fit well with the expanding digital experience delivered by HP. More consumers are looking for broad access to content and are turning to their PC for entertainment choices," said Bob Greene, executive vice president, advanced services, Starz Entertainment. "Our expanding relationship with HP allows people to more readily enjoy movies in their living rooms, dens, hotel rooms and on planes."
Starz' Vongo service will be integrated into HP QuickPlay, making it possible to access Vongo movies and videos quickly and easily. QuickPlay allows users to access entertainment content, including movies, music and photos stored on the computer with the touch of a button.
"HP constantly seeks to provide meaningful entertainment choices and to make it easy for consumers to personalize their mobile computing experience," said Jonathan Kaye, director of product marketing for consumer notebooks for HP. "By making Starz' Vongo subscription movie service available to our customers it allows us to continue meeting the demand for downloaded video content."
Vongo subscribers have unlimited access to more than 1,000 movies and 2,500 total video selections as well as a live, streaming Starz TV channel for a monthly cost of $9.99. Select popular pay-per-view titles are also available for individual rental. In addition to Windows-based PCs, laptops and portable devices, Vongo subscribers can also stream their Vongo content onto a TV from the PC for optimal viewing with Windows Media Center Extenders, such as Xbox 360, or navigate Vongo and play their movies on the TV with a remote control and Windows Vista with Windows Media Center. Vongo is available as a free download for broadband subscribers in the United States, http://www.vongo.com.
As one of the largest content aggregators in Hollywood, Starz Entertainment has access to thousands of theatrical films that it makes available on the Starz services and Vongo including The Pursuit of Happyness, Ghost Rider, Gridiron Gang, Scary Movie 4, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, The Da Vinci Code, Invincible, Disney and Pixar's Cars, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and The Illusionist.
Starz Entertainment is the exclusive subscription television and broadband provider of first-run films from leading Hollywood studios including Walt Disney Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Overture Films, Revolution Studios, Miramax Films, Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Pixar, TriStar, Screen Gems, Sony Classics and Warren Miller Films. Select first-run theatrical films from The Weinstein Company, IFC and Yari Film Group are also available for subscription television and broadband exclusively on Starz Entertainment services. A vast collection of classic and favorite titles are provided by a wide array of other Hollywood studios.
Additional programming available to Vongo subscribers includes full-length music concerts and documentaries (Sheryl Crow: Live from London, No Doubt: Rock Steady Live Concert, The Who: Listening to You at the Isle of Wight, Bon Jovi: Live from London, The Diary of Alicia Keys, Snow Patrol: Live from Somerset House, 50 Cent: Refuse To Die), TV series (Head Case, The Rifleman, Edgemont) and extreme sports (Warren Miller's Higher Ground, Real Action Sports, Ride Guide).
Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie service provider operating in the United States. It offers 16 movie channels including the flagship Starz(R) and Encore(R) brands with approximately 15.8 million and 28.2 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment airs more than 1,000 movies per month across its pay TV channels and offers advanced services including Starz HD, Starz On Demand and Vongo(R). Starz Entertainment (http://www.starz.com) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation that is attributed to Liberty Capital Group (Nasdaq: LCAPA, LCAPB).
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