Thursday, October 13, 2005

Akimbo Debuts VOD for Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition

Akimbo will make its Internet to television video-on-demand service available on Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. Currently, the Akimbo service is available only on the company's own Akimbo Player. Akimbo describes its service as "a complement to existing broadcast, cable and satellite services - bridging the gap between broadcast and broadband."

Starting in November, Akimbo will support Update Rollup 2 for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, including streaming high definition video to the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system as a media extender.

The Akimbo Service will be available through the Online Spotlight feature in Media Center Edition 2005, where consumers can view all the programming available and sign up for a free two-week trial subscription.

Akimbo offer video programming from more than 150 providers with over 75 categories of video selections. Content partners include BBC, National Geographic, Discovery, and the Hallmark Channel, as well as hard-to-find specialty offerings, such as independent film from IFILM and Underground Film.

At this week's DigitalLife show in NYC, Akimbo will be showing Major League Baseball playoff games delivered the next morning in a ten minute condensed version to Akimbo subscribers. In addition, Akimbo will preview high-definition video capabilities that are enabled by Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005.

  • Akimbo is based in San Mateo, California and is funded by Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Sprout Group and Zone Ventures.

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