|CreateSpace and HBO Video Team Up to Make Select HBO(R) and Cinemax(R) Documentaries Available on Amazon.com and HBO.com Using CreateSpace 'DVD on Demand' Technology|
Technology Will Allow for Manufacture and Shipping of DVDs As Customers Place Orders
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 16, 2008--CreateSpace, part of the Amazon.com, Inc. group of companies (NASDAQ:AMZN), and HBO Video today announced an agreement to provide consumers with a selection of HBO and Cinemax award-winning and critically acclaimed documentaries through the CreateSpace DVD on Demand service, which allows for the manufacture and shipping of packaged DVDs as soon as customers place their orders. These documentaries will be available on Amazon.com and HBO.com.
"HBO has an amazing selection of unique and award-winning programming," said Peter Faricy, vice president of movies and music at Amazon.com. "This will further broaden the extensive television DVD selection that Amazon.com customers have to choose from today and enable customers to find, buy and collect an even greater selection of HBO titles."
"We're excited to help make more HBO titles available to a broader audience on both HBO.com and Amazon.com," said Dana LoPiccolo-Giles, co-founder and managing director of CreateSpace. "With Disc on Demand, customers can now order a copy of these titles and receive their DVDs in just a few days."
HBO and Cinemax "DVD on Demand" documentary titles will be encrypted with the Content Scramble System (CSS) copy protection. These DVDs will be the first major content label titles to be manufactured on demand with this protection.
"The CreateSpace DVD on Demand program will allow HBO to bring a selection of our highly acclaimed documentary programming to consumers in a very cost-efficient and timely manner," added Henry McGee, president of HBO Video.
"When I Knew," a deeply personal film about when individuals knew they were gay, will be the first HBO/Cinemax documentary title to be released via CreateSpace DVD on Demand. It will be available on June 26, 2008 after its June 25 premiere on Cinemax. The documentary "Hard Times at Douglass High: A No Child Left Behind Report Card," which examines the impact of the No Child Left Behind Act on a storied inner-city institution, will be available on July 8, 2008, following its June 23 premiere on HBO. Both titles can be pre-ordered right now on Amazon.com and HBO.com for $24.98 each. Additional HBO and Cinemax titles will be made available on DVD on Demand via both websites throughout the year. To browse Amazon's selection of HBO Video titles and to pre-order a copy of "When I Knew" or "Hard Times at Douglass High: A No Child Left Behind Report Card," visit www.amazon.com/HBO. For further information on the documentaries or to pre-order copies via HBO, visit www.HBO.com.
To find out more about CreateSpace and DVD on Demand, visit www.createspace.com.
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CreateSpace is a brand of On-Demand Publishing LLC, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN). A leader in manufacture on demand services for independent creative content owners, CreateSpace was originally founded as CustomFlix Labs, Inc. in 2002 and acquired by Amazon.com Inc. in 2005. The company's mission is to profitably connect its members to a worldwide audience through multiple channels, including Amazon.com. CreateSpace provides inventory-free, physical distribution of Books, CDs and DVDs on Demand, and video downloads via Amazon Unbox.
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HBO Video markets an extensive array of programs ranging from the HBO critically-acclaimed and groundbreaking series The Sopranos(R), Sex and the City(R) and Entourage(R) to theatrical features such as My Big Fat Greek Wedding, the #1 romantic comedy of all time. The company's catalog contains hundreds of titles including the HBO multiple Emmy(R) Award-winning miniseries Band of Brothers, Angels in America and Elizabeth I, the Peabody Award-winning children's program Classical Baby, provocative movies from HBO Films including Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, and comedy specials featuring top stand-up performers like Chris Rock and Dane Cook. Launched in 1984, HBO Video created a London-based international division in 2003 to capitalize on the rapidly expanding worldwide DVD market.
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