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Our World Live Teams With iStreamPlanet and Akamai Technologies to Deliver Live Concerts in HD to the Desktop and the iPhoneDaughtry Live in HD Tonight on BillboardLive.com; Alicia Keys, Usher, David Archuleta, and Imogen Heap Among Top Talent for This Free Concert Series (November 19, 2009)
LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/19/09 -- BillboardLive.com launched the first of their many live HD concert series on October 29 featuring R. Kelly live from the Nokia Theatre in Dallas. Fans were able to view a free up-close live concert experience in HD from their computer and the iPhone thanks to global media group Our World Live (OWL), and its partners iStreamPlanet and Akamai Technologies. This week, OWL's BillboardLive.com will be featuring Daughtry as their follow up show tonight. Additionally, BillboardLive.com has locked in upcoming concert broadcasts from superstars:
Imogen Heap Thursday, December 3, 2009 David Archuleta Thursday, December 17, 2009 Alicia Keys Thursday, January 7, 2010 Usher Saturday, January 23, 2010
"iStreamPlanet continues to push the envelope on what is possible in live streaming," said Mio Babic, President and CEO, iStreamPlanet. "By teaming with Akamai and Our World Live, we are able to bring the OWL/BillboardLive.com music experience to the online community building an innovative and immersive rich media experience by leveraging the most cutting edge desktop and mobile delivery technology available today."
OWL's BillboardLive.com show featuring R. Kelly live from Dallas was delivered over the iPhone showing a straightforward "Director's Cut" view from the audience, giving iPhone users a pristine view of a live concert in full HD. The R. Kelly performance was the first live music multi-camera webcast (on the desktop) viewable in Microsoft Smooth Streaming with 5 HD feeds that had integrated Twitter, Facebook and Flickr social networking services available for multi-tasking viewers. All of these features will be available for the Daughtry show tonight and will be available for all future shows.
"The ability to now watch live concerts on the iPhone is yet another way mobile devices are changing the way consumers experience entertainment," said Suzanne Johnson, Director of Industry Marketing, Media & Entertainment, at Akamai Technologies. "The Akamai HD for iPhone solution, part of Akamai's HD Network, is designed to bring high-quality, live video experiences to users whether they are on 3G, Edge or WiFi -- with or without an iPhone application."
"As a leading technology and content creator we would only team up with other top technology providers who we knew could collectively help make our vision a reality," said Our World Live CEO, Michael Williams. "With the first concert of the series done, that task has been accomplished and we look forward to further collaboration with them and other top tier talent."
For more information on the live free concert series, please check out: www.BillboardLive.com.
About Our World Live:
Our World Live, Inc. (OWL.tv) is the premiere leader in providing an online destination for music fans to experience their favorite artists performing live. Through its partnership with such like-minded market leaders as Billboard Magazine and Microsoft, OWL is committed to offering the highest quality musical entertainment by combining the hottest names with the latest state-of-the-art technology through its landmark hi-definition Internet concert series, BillboardLive.com. By utilizing five cameras per shoot and OWL's state of the art HD player, the concert series brings music lovers unparalleled access to the live viewing experience. With the click of a mouse, fans can create their own, one-of-a-kind concert from any angle. BillboardLive.com is only the first glimpse into OWL's entertainment vision as rollouts of further technology platforms will allow for even greater community and connection between artist and fan. OWL team of experts includes CEO/Founder and Executive Producer Michael Williams, co-founder/CFO Robert Kay, Executive Producer Ron Weisner, and Director of Marketing, John Lewis. Combined, OWL's team provides more than 50 years of experience at the ever-intersecting worlds of entertainment and technology. For more information, please visit: www.owl.tv.
iStreamPlanet® develops and provides digital media strategy, managed webcasting services, and Rich Internet Applications. The company successfully integrates managed services and SaaS-based digital media applications that cover all aspects of a media delivery, enabling enterprises and other content owners to distribute and monetize their digital media across multiple platforms. iStreamPlanet's team of digital media and broadcast experts has managed and enabled the deployment of more than 1,000 large live events viewed online by millions, including the Presidential Inauguration and the Michael Jackson Memorial. The world's top business leaders (American Express, AT&T, Caterpillar, Microsoft), trendiest music festivals (Bonnaroo, Coachella, SXSW), most popular sporting events (Masters Golf Tournament, Championships at Wimbledon, Sunday Night Football) and major broadcasters (CBS Television, Cablevision, Fox International, NBC) rely on iStreamPlanet's digital media solutions. Through its partnership with Smart City, iStreamPlanet also supports over 60 of the largest U.S. convention centers and event facilities. Founded in 2000, the privately held company is headquartered in Las Vegas with offices in Orlando, Florida; Scottsdale, Arizona; and Washington, D.C. More information is available by calling 702-492-5900 or visiting http://www.istreamplanet.com.
The Akamai Difference
Akamai® provides market-leading managed services for powering video, dynamic transactions, and enterprise applications online. Having pioneered the content delivery market one decade ago, Akamai's services have been adopted by the world's most recognized brands across diverse industries. The alternative to centralized Web infrastructure, Akamai's global network of tens of thousands of distributed servers provides the scale, reliability, insight and performance for businesses to succeed online. Akamai has transformed the Internet into a more viable place to inform, entertain, interact, and collaborate. To experience The Akamai Difference, visit www.akamai.com.
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