Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Deutsche Telekom Announces VOD Deal with NBC Universal

T-Com will be the first digital retailer to offer a legal and secure download-to-burn option for major studio content in Germany.

Universal Pictures International Entertainment (UPIE), NBC Universal International Television Distribution and T-Com announced simultaneous digital distribution agreements for the new download-to-own (DTO) rights and additional renewed video-on-demand (VOD) rights to a wide array of NBC Universal content in Germany. The agreement covers delivery via T-Home, T-Com's IPTV service, as well as the T-Online Video on Demand (VOD) website.

Under the download-to-own agreement with UPIE, broadband consumers in Germany will be able to download Universal feature films and legally burn them to DVD as part of a new DTO service being launched by T-Com in the second quarter of 2007. Consumers will also receive two digital copies of the films to watch on their PC and portable video device.

Under the terms of the video-on-demand agreement with NBC Universal International Television Distribution, T-Com will continue to offer NBC Universal feature films via their on-demand functionality. NBC Universal films were first made available to T-Com customers in 2003