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BiBC signs digital download deal with EMI to make available DRM-free audiovisual content

LONDON, 7 December 2007. BiBC has today signed a significant audio and video content deal with EMI Music UK. BiBC’s digital store – the largest downloadable video content store in the UK – will benefit from the addition of thousands of hours of high quality content, including the latest music videos, from one of the world’s largest music companies. BiBC’s audio and video digital store, which can be branded by individual media owners as their own digital video store, will be enhanced by DRM-free content from superstar artists such as Coldplay, The Spice Girls, Queen, Kylie, Pink Floyd and KT Tunstall. BiBC is driving the home entertainment platform of the future.

The deal will allow BiBC to make available for sale audio and video content direct to consumers on a download-to-own basis via www.boxoffice365.com. The content will be completely and genuinely ‘on demand’ meaning that consumers will be able to view content while it is downloading, due to BiBC’s progressive downloading technology.

The BiBC digital store is also available to brand owners as a white label offering, meaning companies can use the technology and content to have their own digital download store complete with their own branding. MediaMaster, BiBC’s acclaimed distribution platform, provides the back-end technology to allow content to be distributed onto set top boxes, PCs, MP4 players, mobiles etc.

Paul Hague, Managing Director of BiBC, commented: “World-leading content owners such as EMI are the trend setters in the video download industry and to see that they are choosing BiBC’s offering is fantastic. Adding EMI to our already huge content stable means that a digital video store becomes ever more irresistible for big-name retailers and other brand owners. Brand owners can now have their own white-labelled digital video store with all of the EMI content up-and-running within days – there is absolutely nothing stopping them”.

Graeme Rogan, Head of Digital Sales, EMI Music UK, added: “EMI is always looking for innovative and exciting ways of monetising its content. BiBC has a platform which is able to combine audio and video delivery to offer a complete while label solution. Our catalogue and new release titles can only benefit from being available via BiBC’s digital offering, be it through the BiBC site or third party sites.”

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Editors’ Notes

About BiBC
The British Internet Broadcasting Company, BIBC, is a privately owned company. Founded in 2000, BiBC’s content store and distribution technology is today driving the home entertainment platform of the future.

BiBC has aggregated content from numerous content owners to create the UK’s largest catalogue of video content. BiBC’s digital store is available to brand owners as a white label offering. www.boxoffice365.com is its demonstration site. MediaMaster, BiBC’s distribution platform, delivers the content and back end technology to set top boxes, PCs, MP4 players, mobiles etc., which allows content to be streamed or downloaded. It is underpinned by a managed service offering from BiBC.

EMI Music is the recorded music division of EMI Group, the world’s largest independent music company. Its EMI Music division represents artists spanning all musical tastes and genres. Its record labels include Angel, Astralwerks, Blue Note, Capitol, Capitol Nashville, EMI Classics, EMI CMG, EMI Records, EMI Televisa Music, Manhattan, Mute, Parlophone and Virgin. Artists on EMI labels include Lily Allen, The Beatles, Coldplay, Corinne Bailey Rae, The Good The Bad & The Queen, Gorillaz, Norah Jones, The Kooks, Korn, Kylie Minogue, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Joss Stone, 30 Seconds To Mars, KT Tunstall, Keith Urban and Robbie Williams, as well as international artists such as Amaral (Spain), Diam’s (France), Utada Hikaru (Japan), LaFee (Germany), Radja (Indonesia), RBD (Mexico) and Vasco Rossi (Italy).

EMI has been at the cutting edge of the rapidly growing digital music marketplace since it released David Bowie’s Hours as the world’s first ever album to be offered as a digital download in 1999. EMI has signed agreements with hundreds of digital partners to distribute its music across the globe. It continues to facilitate the development of a growing range of new digital business models to enable fans to experience and purchase its artists’ output through a number of different platforms including advertising-supported online music streaming in China through Baidu, legal peer-to-peer agreements with QTrax, Mashboxx and GNAB, and a deal to offer advertising-supported videos on mobile phones in the US through Rhythm NewMedia.

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