Highwinds and Technicolor Sign International Digital Content Delivery Partner Deal
Technicolor’s Electronic Distribution Services business to leverage Highwinds
for online content distribution
WINTER PARK, FL and BURBANK, CA – July 22, 2008 – Highwinds Network Group, Inc. and Technicolor, the Services Division of Thomson (Euronext 18453; NYSE: TMS), announced today that the companies have signed a major partnership agreement. Under the agreement, Highwinds’ RollingThunder™ content delivery network will provide lightning-fast content delivery, real-time analytics and other advanced capabilities for Technicolor’s digital content distribution solutions that power distribution of some of the world’s largest media and entertainment companies.
As a top-tier Highwinds content delivery partner, Technicolor’s Electronic Content Distribution Services (EDS) business will expand its electronic content delivery capacity and reach with the massive, high-performance RollingThunder network. RollingThunder is comprised of 21 POPs spanning two continents, including a large private peering infrastructure that will further enable Technicolor to deliver content directly to its customers’ end-users. Backed by Highwinds’ full range of partner services, Technicolor will receive other key partner benefits including 24x7x365 support, extensive technical training, creative co-marketing strategies, and Highwinds’ StrikeTracker™ user management console.
The Rolling Thunder network will support Technicolor’s delivery of online, high value, on-demand content such as live major league sports programming. The broadcast network operations centers – to be completely serviced, managed and powered by Technicolor – provide broadcasters with a turn-key, state-of-the-art television program origination center and end-to-end broadcast services needed for a 24×7 broadcast channel. Other high-value, on-demand content that will be delivered through the partnership includes full length feature films, episodic television programming as well as music, software and games.
“The tight integration we are creating with Technicolor will enable its customers to achieve unmatched performance, reliability and scalability,” said Steve Miller, Highwinds’ president and chief executive officer. “Partnering with a world-class industry leader like Technicolor is an important step for us in gaining recognition for RollingThunder as the preferred IP services and content distribution platform for service providers and media companies.”
“We chose Highwinds as a content delivery partner because they share our vision and commitment to enabling innovative digital distribution models,” said Scott Dougall, senior vice president and general manager of Technicolor EDS. Lance Ware, chief technology officer at Technicolor EDS added, “The design and strength of the Highwinds global delivery infrastructure is impressive, and the Rolling Thunder network has the proven capacity, reliability, and performance to expand our global arsenal of digital supply chain solutions.”
Technicolor EDS (www.technicolor.com/) addresses the growing need for digital content distribution services in the media and entertainment industries. Its business model is unique, and unlike other outsourced content delivery networks that only distribute content, Technicolor EDS offers clients a comprehensive suite of end-to-end or a la carte services – from content preparation and digital rights management to global distribution and reporting. Technicolor EDS also provides a host of online services to help bring new and innovative Internet-based connectivity functions for digital copy DVDs and emerging interactive features for Blu-ray discs.
About Highwinds Network Group, Inc.
Highwinds has been a leader in the development of content replication and delivery software and services since 2002. This experience has led to a number of technology innovations in network management, distributed file system technology and advanced content routing methods. The Highwinds CDN leverages best-in-class hardware and software to quickly and successfully move content at a global level. The company’s high-performance RollingThunder™ network and user-friendly StrikeTracker™ content management and reporting dashboard enable clients to deploy and manage content, file downloads and streaming media. Highwinds is headquartered in Winter Park, Fla., and maintains data centers in 13 North American and European cities. For more information, please visit www.highwinds.com.
About Thomson: the worldwide leader in video solutions
Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) is the world leading provider of solutions for the creation, management, delivery and access of video, for the Communication, Media & Entertainment (CME) industries. Our clients are studios, broadcasters, network operators (telcos, broadband, satellite and cable operators) and an increasing range of professional users of videos. We deliver superior value to our customers through a unique combination of industry leading technologies, systems and services, enabling us to offer differentiated and innovative end-to-end solutions based on a broad portfolio of Intellectual Property. At the cross-roads of the CME industries, leveraging our core competencies in video but also audio, data and voice, we enable our customers to take advantage of the growth opportunities brought on by the digital convergence revolution. For more information: www.thomson.net.
RollingThunder and StrikeTracker are trademarks of Highwinds Network Group, Inc.