Singapore-basedvideo-on-demand company Anytime has signed content supply deals with three USstudios, resulting in what it claims is the largest single offering in Asia ofHollywood product for VoD.
The three deals with Twentieth Century Fox, Sony PicturesTelevision International and Warner Bros International Television Distributionjoin an existing supply deal with Universal Pictures. The studios will providethe Anytime service in Asia and the Pacific Rim with both current and librarytitles.
Anytime's services are currently available in Taiwan throughChungHwa Telecom and in Hong Kong via dominant cable operator i-Cable. Theservice will also shortly roll out in Australia with Canberra-based cableoperator TransACT.
Formerly called Intertainer Asia, Anytime rebranded in 2003after cutting its ties with US-based Intertainer Inc. Headed by former VillageRoadshow president Greg Coote, the company is now owned by Singapore leisuregroup YTC Corporation, Australia's Macquarie Bank and Coote's LA-based productioncompany Coote Hayes Productions.
"This enormous vote of confidence from the US studios saysit all," said Coote. "Video-on-Demand is the next big cash waterfall for themotion-picture-at-home industry and this move validates that claim."
Andrew Yap, CEO and vice chairman of Anytime, said: "Ourcarrier partners have been very gracious in waiting for this product to come online. Their patience and generosity has now been rewarded."