Technicolor Provides Online Streaming Service for LOVEFiLM UK

24 Mars 2010
Communiqué en anglais

Paris (France) - Chiswick Park, London (UK) - March 24, 2010 - Technicolor (Euronext Paris 18453; NYSE: TCH) today announced that it is providing an online streaming service for, a leading European film and TV subscription service, delivering film and TV shows instantly to subscriber’s PC’s and in the living room to their TV’s, as well as through its postal DVD rental service. LOVEFiLM has over 67,000 titles and 1.3 million subscribers.

“We are very excited about our new online streaming service,” commented Simon Calver, CEO of LOVEFiLM. LOVEFiLM has changed the face of entertainment in Europe with our famous online DVD rental service. Now, our powerful combination of instantly available digital content and DVD & Blu-ray rental is another huge enhancement of the value, choice and convenience proposition. We are now taking this service into the living room with Technicolor, helping to manage and distribute the movie and TV titles powering this service. Enabling members to have access to thousands of instantly available titles is an immensely exciting development. We will continue to roll out new delivery channels and continue to invest in digital content in the coming months.”

“This strategic partnership with LOVEFiLM, combined with Technicolor’s in-depth knowledge of digital media delivery further positions Technicolor as a true innovator and industry leader in the management of digital media,” commented Chuck Parker, president of Technicolor’s Digital Content Delivery business.

As part of the agreement, Technicolor provides a state-of-the-art steaming service, coupled with proprietary session management services designed to support multiple business models and provide deep, meaningful usage statistics. The streaming service is supported by Technicolor’s digital supply chain service, which includes content ingest, secure hosting on Technicolor’s in-house platform, policy-based fulfillment and delivery to the end consumer.

As part of LOVEFiLM’s recent partnership announcements with Samsung and Sony, Technicolor will provide the online streaming service for LOVEFiLM’s application for Samsung’s Internet@TV service, and for Sony’s BRAVIA™ TV. LOVEFiLM will provide its unlimited subscription customers with a new and exciting way to access LOVEFiLM’s vast catalogue of movies through their Samsung and Sony TV’s. This new offering enables consumers to quickly access online streaming video content though their TV’s rather than only viewing on a small screen.

About Technicolor
With more than 95 years of experience in entertainment innovation, Technicolor serves an international base of entertainment, software, and gaming customers. The company is a leading provider of production, postproduction, and distribution services to content creators and distributors. Technicolor is one of the world’s largest film processors; the largest independent manufacturer and distributor of DVDs (including Blu-ray Disc); and a leading global supplier of set-top boxes and gateways. The company also operates an Intellectual Property and Licensing business unit. For more information:

• In a little over 6 years LOVEFiLM has become a leading European film and TV subscription service combining the benefits of instantly watched movies via the LOVEFiLM Player on your TV or PC, and DVD rental - allowing customers to choose how they want to watch. With a selection of over 67,000 titles, including HD/Blu-ray and video games, LOVEFiLM offers Europe’s largest choice.
• LOVEFiLM has over 1.3 million members and operates in the UK, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Germany.
• LOVEFiLM weekly newsletters reach over one million members.
• LOVEFiLM was a pioneer in digital film delivery in the UK and has recently launched the LOVEFiLM Player with thousands of digital titles available for members to watch on their TV or PC. The LOVEFiLM Player is available to all users of LOVEFiLM. For those on an Unlimited package the service comes at no extra cost. Premium titles are available to everyone on a pay-per-view basis, and a number of titles are available to all site visitors for free with advertising support.
• The LOVEFiLM Player is becoming available through a range of internet-enabled devices - including Sony and Samsung - taking LOVEFiLM directly into members’ living rooms through their TV sets
• LOVEFiLM customers have generated 80 million ratings, 843,000 member reviews and generate around 2 million trailer views per month – information which helps LOVEFiLM to promote the most relevant titles for customers to choose from.
• LOVEFiLM also sells DVDs, Blu-ray and video games through the LOVEFiLM shop
• LOVEFiLM was Hitwise’s top website for July – Dec 2009 based on market share of visits among all UK websites in the Entertainment - Movies industry (ranked 4th in the Shopping and Classifieds - Video and Games industry).
• LOVEFiLM offers a range of rental options in each market with free postage and no late fees.  In the UK these include £3.99 a month allowing members to have one DVD at a time (limit of two per month), £5.99 a month for one DVD at a time (limit of three per month), £7.99 for two DVDs at a time (limit of four per month), £9.99 a month for one DVD out at a time (Unlimited), £12.99 for two at a time (Unlimited) and £15.99 gives the option for three DVDs at a time (Unlimited).  Members on an Unlimited package have access to the LOVEFiLM Player at no extra cost.
• LOVEFiLM also offers a range of video games rental options in the UK market to support gaming across XBox 360, Xbox, PS3, PS2, Wii and DS.  These include £9.99 a month for two discs at a time (limit of three per month), £14.99 a month for two discs (Unlimited) and £18.99 for three discs at a time (Unlimited), all with free postage and no late fees.
• LOVEFiLM UK awards include: British Video Association's award for the UK's Best Rental Service in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, won the fast-growing media company Media Momentum award in 2005, 2007 and 2008, UK technology – Innovation & Growth award for Mediatech Impact of the Year 2008, Home Entertainment Week awards for Rentailer of the Year 2007 and 2008, the 2008 Fast Growth Business Award for Retail/Leisure business of the Year, awarded 9th place in The Sunday Times top 100 fastest growing private technology companies 2009 (2nd in 2008, 5th in 2007), awarded 3rd place in The Sunday Times top 100 private equity-backed companies with the fastest-growing profits in 2010, a finalist in the National Customer Service Awards 2008, finalist in the Retail Week awards 2009, awarded 5th place in the Deloitte Fast 50 UK 2009, awarded 22nd place in the Deloitte Fast 500 EMEA fastest growing public and private technology companies and named Company Of The Year at the Growing Business Awards 2009.
• The group currently works with major partners in the UK including Tesco, easy Group, CD Wow, Guardian News Media, WHSmith, Odeon and Vue Cinemas, some of whom offer a fully white-labeled online DVD rental service.

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