I get these press releases from time to time. This one is more interesting than most…
Palo Alto, Calif. – April 5, 2007 – Azureus,a global leader in aggregating and distributing long-form, high quality video via the Internet’s most popular media peer-to-peer (P2P) application, today announced that it will premiere the BBC’s hit six-part series, Sorted, on its next-generation peer-to-peer (P2P) platform dubbed Vuze (www.vuze.com), which launched today. Sorted represents the first in a series of programs that Azureus and BBC Worldwide will make available in High Definition on the Vuze platform, as part of a distribution partnership announced December 2006, the first ever peer-to-peer (P2P) deal for BBC.
Sorted follows the lives of six working-class postmen living in northwest England. Played by Neil Dudgen (The Street, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason), Hugo Spear (Love Lies Bleeding, Bleak House, The Full Monty), Dean Lennox Kelly (Shameless, A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Will Mellor(Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps), Mark Womack (Mersey Beat, Liverpool 1) and Cal Macaninch, the men and their significant others, played by Eva Pope (Shadow Man, Bad Girls), Tracy-Ann Oberman (East Enders, Big Train) and Nina Sosanya, experience the complexities of modern-day love, work, family, secrets, passions and fears. Storylines are stitched throughout the series, but each episode is dedicated to one of the six postmen.
“Sorted is an entertaining, lively and enlightening series, and we are thrilled that BBC Worldwide has given us the opportunity to premiere it to a U.S. audience,” said Gilles BianRosa, CEO of Azureus. “Through the Vuze platform, viewers can experience shows like Sorted that they wouldn’t normally have access to, and enjoy viewing them in High Definition.”
Critically acclaimed during its initial broadcast run on BBC1, Sorted held approximately 20 percent of the audience share, beating out top rated series such as CSI:Miami. All six episodes of Sorted are available now at www.vuze.com.
Vuze breaks new ground by offering a powerful tool set of enhanced features and functions that enable content providers to easily publish, showcase and distribute high resolution, long form content in High Definition or DVD quality over the Internet. Premiering today with a revamped navigation system and search engine, Vuze was redesigned to accommodate the massive influx of content from publishers, large and small, and help viewers quickly find what they want. Formerly code-named Zudeo, the site already attracts more than two million unique monthly visitors after only two months in existence.
About Azureus Inc.
Azureus Inc. is the provider of the most popular P2P application for the transfer of large media files. With more than three years of technology innovation, proven robustness, and more than 140 million downloads of its application, Azureus users connect with one another from more than 100 countries and 40 languages.
Today, Azureus operates a leading global video aggregation and distribution platform driven by the exchange of long-form, High Definition or DVD quality videos, as well as licensed digital content from leading media companies. The company has recently announced content partnerships with Showtime, A&E Networks (including A&E, History, and Biography channels), BBC Worldwide, Bennett Media Worldwide, G4 TV, National Geographic, and Starz Media.
The new commercial-grade platform is supported by powerful peer-sharing technology, enabling its vast global community the ability to browse, share, search and discover unique multimedia entertainment in a high-resolution format. Visit www.vuze.com for more information.