SHOWTIME INTERACTIVE TO LAUNCH ON WINDOWS MEDIA CENTER FOR MICROSOFT WINDOWS VISTA
(New York, NY - March 27, 2007) -Showtime Networks Inc. is launching a dynamic new service designed especially for Windows Media Center called Showtime Interactive.
The service provides rich program information for all current SHOWTIME content, including program synopses, cast information, scheduled airings and access to trailers, video highlights and other DVD like extras. It also includes a Download-to-Own feature that allows users to purchase select SHOWTIME Original Series for $1.99 per episode. Consumers can download episodes of critically acclaimed original series including Weeds, The L Word�, Brotherhood and Sleeper Cell offering the network a great sampling platform for subscriber acquisition.
Showtime Networks was selected by Microsoft as one of four Windows Vista Premier Launch Partners featured in the "TV and Movies" category in the USA.
Users can browse, sample and purchase SHOWTIME series episodes using their remote by selecting the icon that represents the show of their choice. With fast, user-friendly click-to-download offerings, Showtime Interactive showcases the power and usability made possible by Windows Media Center for consuming digital media content. Showtime Interactive is available to any user running Windows Media Center on a computer using Windows Vista Home Premium or Windows Vista Ultimate.
With Showtime Interactive, users will get a range of content that they control including the inside scoop on the hottest new SHOWTIME original series, Hollywood's biggest movies, unique special events, and Championship Boxing.
"The rich interactivity made possible with Windows Vista allows Showtime to provide a premium user-experience that is consistent with the brand" said Robert Hayes, Senior Vice President/General Manager for Showtime Networks' Digital Media Group.
"Showtime Interactive with Windows Media Center is a perfect example of the amazing new entertainment experiences now possible with Windows Vista," said Michael Dix, general manager for Windows Client at Microsoft Corp. "Together with Showtime, we're delivering more ways for people to enjoy the TV shows they love."
About Showtime Networks Inc.
Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME�, THE MOVIE CHANNELTM and FLIX�, as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME� TOOTM, SHOWTIME� SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME�, SHOWTIME BEYOND�, SHOWTIME NEXT�, SHOWTIME WOMEN�, SHOWTIME FAMILYZONE� and TMC XTRA. SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD�, THE MOVIE CHANNEL HDTM, SHOWTIME ON DEMANDTM and THE MOVIE CHANNEL ON DEMANDTM. SNI is also an owner and manager of SUNDANCE CHANNEL, a venture of NBC Universal, Robert Redford and SNI. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution. All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME� PPV.