STARZ ENTERTAIMENT GROUP GETS INTO GAMES WITH NEW ORIGINAL SERIES: 'GAMER TV'
Englewood, Colo., June 14, 2006 â Starz Entertainment Group (SEG) gets its trigger finger ready with the worldâs most popular games show, now coming to the U.S. for the first time. A big hit internationally, âGamer TVâ is now a weekly half-hour original series premiering Saturday, June 24 at 11:00 a.m. ET/PT on Starz Edge with replays every Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT. The show will also be available for download on Vongo, the new broadband download service offered by SEG.
The premiere episode of Gamer TV features reviews about Sonyâs PlayStation 3 launch and the pros and cons surrounding it. The episode also focuses on the correlation between films based on games and offers preview clips of those games including Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Manâs Chest.
âGamer TVâ offers a behind-the-scenes insiderâs look at all of the newest videogames on the consumer market. In addition, the show highlights what works and what doesnât in the games, probes and critiques the visual aspects and game features. The show will also feature what the creators and designers have to say about their game and offer back stories on the origins of the characters and situations. âGamer TVâ also looks at future videogames that are in production.
ââGamer TVâ is a great fit for our Starz Edge channel, which is targeted to the tastes and lifestyle of the precise demographic that has embraced games culture,â said Jonathan Shair, SEG vice president programming and scheduling.
"We're really pleased that our program has found a great home in North America. It's the final piece of the jigsaw and means that Gamer TV is now broadcast to over 220 million homes in five continents each week, which we guess makes it the best watched TV show about games on the planet," said Richard Wilcox, Gamer TV's executive producer.
The new series is just part of an expanded interest in games at SEG. Starz Edge will premiere exclusive original documentaries on the making of two games: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe, based on the hit movie; and DragonQuest, the Japanese phenomenon that has sold 35 million videogames and spun-off toys, figurines, books and other collectibles. âThereâs a trend in Hollywood of turning videogames into movies and vice versa,â says Shair. âJust look at box-office hits such as Silent Hill, Doom and the Lara Croft films, all which started out as a videogame.â
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Vongo subscribers have unlimited access to more than 1,500 movie and video selections as well as a live, streaming Starz TV channel for a monthly cost of $9.99. Members may download movies and video selections onto three eligible devices of their choice for each account, allowing for multiple-viewing options and family enjoyment. Additionally, select popular pay-per-view titles are available for $3.99 a movie. Launched as a beta in January 2006, Vongo is a free download for broadband subscribers in the United States at www.vongo.com.
âGamer TV,â is produced by Gamer TV, a leader supplier of video games television to television networks worldwide including MTV, AXN, Starz and Bravo. Gamer TV is owned by IMG.
Starz Entertainment Group LLC (SEG) is a premium movie service provider operating in the United States. SEG offers 16 movie channels including the flagship StarzÂ® and EncoreÂ® brands with approximately 14.6 million and 26.4 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment Group airs more than 1,000 movies per month across its pay TV channels and offers advanced services including Starz HDTV, Starz On Demand and VongoSM. Starz Entertainment Group is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation that is attributed to Liberty Capital Group, www.starz.com.