music section is breaking new ground to revolutionize the way in which an aspiring artist can gain recognition. By providing a single site where users can look at what's hot in the charts -- as well as what's up and coming -- both consumers and the labels will have a one-stop community to find new talent
London, UK (PRWEB) November 27, 2007
Audiotube, LLC, a video-on-demand portal, is pleased to announce that it has acquired the Sputnik7 network from Palm Entertainment Properties LLC. The Sputnik7 network is host to the world's first on-demand audio/video Internet entertainment experience, sputnik7.com, and the world's first DRM free online indie music catalogue, Epitonic.com.
Sputnik7.com, founded as a partnership between Chris Blackwell and Les Garland, was awarded the Invision Award of Excellence in Entertainment, a Gold Invision for Best Entertainment Streaming Media Site, the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award and was a Webby Award winner.
The acquisition will significantly expand Audiotube's online reach by capitalizing on Sputnik7's search engine ranking and traffic. It will also fuel the growth of the company's network by linking the communities. The acquisition provides Audiotube with a large catalogue of pre-cleared content and routes into hundreds of indie music record labels as the Sputnik7 and Epitonic brands and online following hold major weight in the indie world.
"The acquisition could not have come at a better time as audiotubes "indie" music section is breaking new ground to revolutionize the way in which an aspiring artist can gain recognition. By providing a single site where users can look at what's hot in the charts -- as well as what's up and coming -- both consumers and the labels will have a one-stop community to find new talent," says Audiotube CEO, Scott deMercado.
Both sites will be migrated over to Audiotube's next generation platform, which is currently in development, giving them a host of new features including the ability to set up and join groups and networks where users can meet other music lovers, trade playlists, and share opinions about latest music. Audiotubes brandable channels, which will be rolled out in the next beta, will feature a high level of customization unseen in the industry today and will give indie music labels an entirely new way to market and promote their media.
"The Web site is based on an open platform, and we are working on easy-access portals for everything from smart phones to the next generation of connected video appliances. It is our intention to provide the end user with choice and the labels with maximum exposure," said Karsten Becker, Audiotube's CTO.
Sputnik7.com (http://www.sputnik7.com)] was founded in 1998 by Chris Blackwell (Founder of Island Records) and Les Garland (Founder/Originator of both MTV: Music Television and VH1). Credited as the world's first real-time audio/video Internet entertainment experience, Sputnik7.com is a broadcast network offering a sophisticated mix of independent music, film, and anime programming via interactive Video Stations, Audio Stations, Videos on Demand, and Digital Downloads.
Epitonic (http://www.epitonic.com) launched in 1999 is an essential source for cutting-edge independent music across several genres from both signed and unsigned artists. Featuring MP3 song downloads, radio streams, and many full album streams available through Windows Media Player. Epitonic at its peak amassed content from more than 400 independent labels representing a dazzlingly diverse array of artists and styles. In partnership with Epitonic.com these labels were assisted in promoting and selling their releases to the site's uniquely passionate, loyal, and informed audience.
About Palm Pictures
Palm Pictures (http://www.palmpictures.com) is a US based Entertainment Company owned and run by Chris Blackwell. Palm Pictures produces, acquires and distributes innovative music and film projects with a particular focus on the DVD format. Palm has positioned itself as a leader in the converging music and film markets, placing an emphasis on projects like music documentaries, art house & foreign cinema, and music videos. Palm Pictures' entertainment properties include a film division, a music label, sputnik7.com, epitonic.com, Art house Films and RES Media Group, publisher of RES magazine.
About Audiotube LLC
Audiotube Ltd. was founded in January 2007 as an online video management, promotion and distribution service and is at the forefront of the music industry's current market adaptations to the digital marketplace. Audiotube works with record labels to deliver content to end users and specializes in driving the, traffic back to the content owners to monetize, assisting them in brand building and market penetration. Audiotube's online platform combines the demand for music videos with the universal reach of the Internet to satisfy customer demands for high-quality music delivery and community interaction.
For more information, please visit http://audiotube.com.
For further information, please contact
Maria Maganto - Audiotube.com
+44 207 659 0440