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SANTA MONICA, California - November 7, 2005 - 29HD Network announced today that Volkswagen of America is the first automotive advertiser to integrate TV spots for its new Passat launch into unique video for direct download and playback on a Sony PSP.
The 29Guide is the largest provider of direct to PSP video downloads via a wireless connection. With WIFI and PSP web browser, a PSP owner can directly browse 29Guide's library of specially encoded video for direct download to their PSP and playback. (www.29hdnetwork.com/pspdirect/ or alternately www.29guide.com if browsing from a PC for PSP videos or as a direct video feed in Sony's official PSP Media Manager) 29Guide's content focuses on the areas of unique film, music and lifestyle oriented video.
29guide is a premier broadband portal & guide and delivers an audience much sought after by advertisers; the 25-35, educated, affluent metro, suburban broadband connected. This difficult to reach audience is spending less time watching traditional television and significantly more time with alternate forms of media such as the internet, iPods and Sony PSP.
Being on the cutting edge of electronic communications isn't new for Volkswagen of America. Six years ago, Volkswagen launched the exclusive New Beetle online buying program with two special edition vehicles that were only available through online ordering. Since then Volkswagen has been committed to programs like the "VW Drive-in", "Radio VW" and the "Pods Unite" campaign (buy a New Beetle, get an iPod), that have allowed Volkswagen customers to experience the brand's personality through unique channels. Todd Riley, New Media and Interactive Marketing Manager for Volkswagen of America says, "Our customers are technologically smart, and we want to be there with them as they experience what's next." "We love the rapid pace of new challenges and opportunities and have invested a lot to get our customers' attention in this space, we don't plan to let them down any time soon", Riley adds.
Ninan Kurien of 29HD Network said "PSP owners are primarily using their handheld as a video playback device. The PSP user's appetite for video is huge. They are hungry, actively searching for unique, smart, intriguing content for playback on their PSP. 29Guide is satisfying that need."
Beyond Interactive, Volkswagen's Interactive agency of record, is a prime driver in helping VW reach its core targeted audiences in unique and powerful ways. Beyond Interactive's VP, Media Director, Rory O'Connor said, "Engaging tech-savvy audiences via new devices and platforms is one of Beyond's greatest competencies, and working within the PSP environment on Volkswagen's behalf is a great opportunity for all parties involved. In this case, we're advertising the Passat's advanced features to an audience that can appreciate attention to technological detail."
The Sony PSP Sony has sold upwards of 3 million PSP units in the US in the first 6 months since its introduction in April with and expected 6 million units sold by the end of the 2005. Total worldwide PSP unit sales are expected to reach 12 million by the end of 20051, a rate, which has already far outpaced the introduction of the iPod. A recent report from Sony also indicated that an anticipated $250 million of UMD movies will be sold by year-end2, making the PSP the fastest growing multi-media platform ever, beating the first year numbers during the launch of both the iPod and the DVD player combined.
29HD Network's (29HDN/TRLT LLC.) a California based company, mission is to bring interesting, intriguing, enlightening and visually stunning programming for the twenty and thirty-something cosmopolitan crowd via innovative media delivery platforms including a cable and satellite network delivered only in HD and 5.1 Surround Sound formats and similar content designed for Broadband, and PSP users. www.29hdnetwork.com.
29HDN offers a daily online broadband guide www.29hdnetwork.com for the lifestyle of a 25-40 broadband cosmopolitan, www.29guide.com a broadband media guide updated daily for the best of music, audio recordings and video. 29GUIDE was the first US site to allow direct download of MP4 videos for PSP through a PC or MAC during at the initial launch of the PSP in the U.S. 29HDN also launched www.29hdnetwork.com/pspdirect/ the first video direct download video service through WIFI for 2.5+ browser enabled PSPs.
29HD Network is comprised of an award winning team of people from the worlds of TV, Magazine, DVD and Broadband. Its key people have worked for media heavyweights such as HBO, MTV and Disney. They were pioneers in satellite broadcasting, and the first with sponsors such as BMW and Levis integrated into DVD content and distributed through POLYGRAM FILMS and Warner Bros.
Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen of America and its affiliates employ approximately 3,000 people in the United States and are responsible for the sale and service of Audi, Bentley, and Volkswagen products through retail networks comprising in total more than 900 independent U.S. dealers.
Beyond Interactive is a global digital marketing agency with offices in 23 countries, offering a fully integrated portfolio of best-of-breed digital marketing services, Major clients include Westernunion.com, Volkswagen of America/Audi, GSK, 3M, Nokia, Warner Brothers, and many others.