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MusicGiants Launches Video Service with Paramount Deal

VideoGiants service sells films directly into high-end home theater systems, starting with many of Paramount Pictures titles.

Las Vegas, NV–Last week at CES, MusicGiants announced that it had entered into a partnership with Paramount Pictures Digital Entertainment to distribute motion picture films from that studio’s library through its new VideoGiants home theater digital content delivery platform.

The MusicGiants Download Media store is already being built into most of the media servers for the high-end home theater industry, including Crestron, Imerge, Niveus, Russound, ReQuest, Xperinet, Cutting Edge, and Inteset among others. Over the next several months, MusicGiants VideoGiants solution will become available inside several other consumer electronic devices and will function as the primary means of content acquisition for upscale households.

Over the past several years, high-end home audio consumers have come to rely on MusicGiants as the source for all of their favorite music. We are now pleased to announce that we are going to do the same thing for films and television shows through our VideoGiants service said Scott Bahneman, CEO of MusicGiants. Our company is uniquely positioned to sell the highest quality content into premium connected homes because our MG MediaStore software is being built into so many home theater devices.

Select titles from Paramount Pictures library will be offered through the VideoGiants service in specially designed movie collections for hard drive delivery, or on an a-la-carte basis via direct download, onto any media
server using the MG MediaStore software. The VideoGiants service will offer motion pictures from Paramounts download-to-own catalog, which includes films such as Shooter, Mission: Impossible, Braveheart and hundreds of other popular titles.

For Paramount Pictures Digital Entertainment, the launch of its films through VideoGiants is one of the most recent initiatives that furthers efforts to seek out alternative ways to distribute content digitally. This is the first time we have licensed our films for sale and delivery on a hard drive, said Derek Broes, senior vice president of worldwide business development at Paramount Pictures Digital Entertainment. What appeals to us about MusicGiants, and their VideoGiants movie delivery service, is that their target demographic is focused on high-end consumers with home theaters and this audience consists typically of early adopters of new technology. Therefore, we want to ensure that our films are easy to legally purchase, store, and enjoy.

MusicGiants already has more than 600 commissioned dealers across the United States who focus entirely on selling and installing great home entertainment systems. The VideoGiants service saves dealers and end-users a lot of time and money and eliminates the headache of how to legally load movies onto a media server.

Additionally, the VideoGiants service should speed the adoption of media servers because the devices can now be legally loaded with the best movies and music at or before installation.

Whats revolutionary about our new service is that our hardware partners customers can get content from us in two ways, Bahneman added. First, they can get large collections delivered on a hard drive – a recent collection
came to $22,000 for a single customer. Second, they can purchase content directly from their media server. There is no need to buy an additional, single-purpose box, because our store is built right in a wide range of existing consumer electronics devices.

Seagate Technology’s drives are used to deliver MusicGiants and VideoGiants content collections to installers and their clients.

We are very happy to be working with MusicGiants in bringing this revolutionary approach to content acquisition and storage to the 32 million HDTV households in the United States, said Pat King, SVP of Seagate Technology. We think the trends that MusicGiants is experiencing at the high-end will quickly migrate to the mass market once people see how easy it is to acquire premium content delivered on hard drives or downloaded directly into a media server attached to their home entertainment system. We are very excited to be working with MusicGiants and their consumer electronics (CE) partners to bring the solution to the market.