Joining the current trend of video/social community start-up sites, NEXT.TV
is rolling out its new web application at DEMO 2008. NEXT.TV users will be able to enjoy hit TV shows, movies, music videos, shorts, documentaries and much more. Launching with over 100 channels, NEXT.TV features programming across all genres including comedy, drama, cartoons, sports and science fiction. Channels and programs available on NEXT.TV will vary by geographic region and include programming from around the world allowing viewers to experience global television. NEXT.TV channels include CBS, Hearst, HSN, TV Guide, Showtime, Endemol, Fremantle, National Lampoon, Comedy Time, Reality.TV, March Entertainment, Synthesis, Movieola, Soma, Yoga Journal, Fun Little Movies, BoomJ and more as well as International channels from over 40 countries around the world including TV Galega (Brazil), Canel 9 (Chile), ABTV5 Thailand, India TV (India), Canal Vasco (Spain), GTV (Israel) and KBC (Kenya). NEXT.TV can be accessed with a wired or wireless broadband Internet connection and offers broadcast-quality content to viewers for free.
NEXT.TV also offers users a choice on how they want to acquire and consume their entertainment content. NEXT.TV offers thousands of free, ad-supported TV and video titles. In addition, users have the option to rent or buy higher quality, downloadable ad-free versions of many titles as well as thousands of movies from major studios such as 20th Century Fox, Disney, Lionsgate, MGM, Miramax, New Line Cinema, Paramount Pictures, Sony, and Warner Bros., through a partnership with CinemaNow. NEXT.TV will also offer hundreds of hours of HD content.
NEXT.TV is the first cross-platform entertainment content network and will be available on PCs and Macs via the NEXT.TV Web portal as well as on millions of Hewlett-Packard consumer notebooks and on mobile and portable devices. Additional consumer electronics, portable and mobile devices will be announced in coming months.
NEXT.TV also features a comprehensive social network community built around the enjoyment of digital entertainment. Users can create profiles highlighting their favorite entertainment content, blog and video blog, upload videos and photos, find friends and groups, contact and message other users, share, vote, rate, comment and much more. One of the most innovative features on the NEXT.TV community is the ability for NEXT.TV users to create their own TV station and profit. Instead of media companies telling users what they should see, users now have control to create the TV programming lineup they want to watch and broadcast it for the world to see. On NEXT.TV, users can pick and choose content from NEXT.TV channels and program their own personalized channels. They can then invite other users to come and watch their TV station while sharing in the resulting advertising revenue. For the first time, users will now be able to take part in the distribution and monetization of media.
The NEXT.TV service is currently shipping on millions of HP Pavillion consumer notebooks. The NEXT.TV web portal site is available in private beta immediately and launches to the public in March 2008.