In India MGM has a 50:50 joint venture with Zee. The president
of MGM Worldwide Television Distribution Jim Griffiths said, "This
landmark agreement speaks to the promising future of VOD worldwide.
We are pleased to partner with T-Online, Germany's largest Internet
Service Provider. This groundbreaking delivery platform gives German
consumers an entirely new way to watch their favorite MGM movies."
Reports indicate that the ISP will provide a range of high-speed
Internet and other services on TV to customers, using a set-top
box called the ACTIVY Media Center. The ACTIVY, manufactured by
Fujitsu Siemens Computers and available through consumer electronics
stores, runs the T-Online Vision on TV, which will be launched by
the end of the year.
MGM will supply the ACTIVY's VOD service with films previously
released in US and German theaters. Movies are downloaded and stored
in a piracy-protected format on the ACTIVY until users pay to watch
them on their TV set. The VOD service opens new sales opportunities
for German fillm studios.
With the ACTIVY and the T-Online Vision on TV, users can access
e-mail, news and information on entertainment, sports, movies, music
and games through their TV. The ACTIVY also provides an electronic
program guide and personal-video-recorder capabilities. A time-shifting
function allows viewers to pause a live programme and then continue
watching it later.