announce that hit current TV shows from NBC, USA Network, SCI FI Channel, Bravo, and vintage library shows from NBC Universal will be available on Fanfare
. SanDisk’s Fanfare service enables consumers to download TV shows and other premium video content from their PC for playback on their TV via the new Sansa TakeTV video player. The announcement was made by Jean-Briac Perrette, President, NBC Universal Digital Distribution and Sanjay Mehrotra, President and Chief Operating Officer, SanDisk.
Under the terms of the deal, SanDisk plans to use their security expertise in collaboration with NBC Universal to implement a series of measures to protect NBC Universal content, including partnering to explore the implementation of watermarking and filtering technology solutions. A watermark is a unique identifier in content that enables rights management by content owners. Additionally, NBC Universal and SanDisk will collaborate on new consumer content acquisition models, including flexible pricing and packaging. NBC Universal will provide Fanfare BETA users with a variety of attractive ways to purchase and view TV shows, including offering discounts for multiple episode purchases and entire seasons, as well as incentives to purchase a bundle of different TV shows at one time.
NBC Universal content will be available on Fanfare (currently in BETA) in January. Hit NBC shows will be available on Fanfare for consumers to purchase and permanently download and view on a TV via SanDisk’s new Sansa TakeTV PC-to-TV video player. Shows will include the Emmy Award-winning series “The Office,” the critically acclaimed drama “Heroes,” and Emmy Award-winning comedy “30 Rock.” New episodes will be available on Fanfare the day after they air on the network. Consumers may also purchase NBC Universal’s popular series, specials and sports from properties such as USA Network, SCI FI Channel, Bravo, Telemundo, mun2, NBC Sports, and NBC News, including USA Network’s Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning “Monk,” SCI FI Channel’s Emmy-nominated “Battlestar Galactica,” Bravo’s Emmy-nominated “Top Chef,” as well as NBC News and NBC Sports specials. Additional series, specials and episodes from NBC Universal’s networks will be added to Fanfare regularly.
The combination of Fanfare with Sansa TakeTV creates a unique, end-to-end entertainment system where viewers can enjoy their favorite shows at their leisure by downloading them from their PC to watch on nearly any TV, at any time. Fanfare video content is a combination of free (ad supported) and paid episodes. SanDisk is in the process of adding new episodes from current partners to the catalog, and expects to acquire additional distribution rights to other premium content and channels.
The Sansa TakeTV device must be purchased to extract content from Fanfare and transfer it to a television for playback.