|Major League Baseball Productions and A&E Home Video Team Up with CustomFlix to Offer 2006 World Series Games to Amazon.com and MLB.com Customers Via DVD on Demand|
|2006 World Series Games Now Available for Pre-order and Shipped Within Days of the Completion of Each Game|
SANTA CRUZ, Calif., SEATTLE & NEW YORK, Oct 23, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Major League Baseball Productions and A&E Home Video have teamed up with CustomFlix Labs, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), to offer Amazon.com and MLB.com customers each game of the 2006 World Series® championship between the Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals through the CustomFlix DVD on Demand service. Each game is available for pre-order and shipped within days of the completion of that game. This represents the first time that individual, complete World Series games have been available to consumers through DVD on Demand.
"The 2006 World Series presents two of the most storied teams in baseball, and we are proud to offer Amazon.com customers the ability to purchase and watch their favorite games from this year's Series within just days," said Greg Hart, vice president of movies at Amazon.com. "The CustomFlix DVD on Demand service greatly expands the breadth of video content we can offer to Amazon.com customers and, because it's produced on demand, we can get this programming to customers much more quickly than ever before."
Amazon.com has long featured a deep selection of sports content, including DVDs of World Series highlights, but this will be the first year the world's largest online retailer will offer DVDs of entire individual World Series games.
"Major League Baseball's Fall Classic creates memories that live long after the series is played," said Elizabeth Scott, Vice President of Programming and Business Affairs, Major League Baseball. "Our new DVD on Demand service gives fans a way to own the complete game and relive their favorite moments while the excitement of the Series still lingers in the air."
The CustomFlix DVD on Demand service manufactures DVDs on demand, immediately after a customer orders them. This offers networks, studios, and other content owners such as Major League Baseball Productions and A&E Home Video the ability to offer their content on DVD directly to millions of Amazon.com and MLB.com customers without the cost or risk of carrying inventory.
"We really struck a chord with consumers when, in conjunction with Major League Baseball Productions, we launched full game DVD Collector's sets in 2004," said Kate Winn, vice president of Sales & Marketing for A&E Home Video. "It was the first time complete games had been available to fans in DVD format, and we packaged them in such a manner that they became the ultimate sports collectible. We're excited about teaming up with CustomFlix and using the DVD on Demand program, as it extends the MLB brand with an impact and an immediacy which will certainly be hard for baseball fans to ignore."
Each game of the Major League Baseball 2006 World Series championship can be purchased on DVD for $19.95 at www.amazon.com/dvd and at MLB.com.
CustomFlix Labs, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc., is the leader in manufacture on demand services for independent and enterprise media content owners. CustomFlix was founded in 2002 with the mission of profitably connecting content owners to a worldwide audience. Today, CustomFlix offers professional digitization into the Future-Proof Archive service, as well as inventory-free physical media distribution via both CD and DVD on Demand, adding thousands of hours of media content to Earth's Biggest Selection on Amazon.com.
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About A&E Home Video
A&E Home Video, part of the Consumer Products Division of A&E Television Networks (AETN) is a video distributor of non-theatrical programming, featuring collectible VHS and DVD editions of the high quality programming from A&E Network and The History Channel, as well as acquired classic programming. A&E Home Video brings the best of critically acclaimed entertainment presented in award-winning packaging to the special interest category.
About Major League Baseball Productions
Major League Baseball Productions is the Emmy® award-winning television and video production division of Major League Baseball and official video archivists of the game. With unparalleled access to the game and its players, Major League Baseball Productions produces original programming for growing audiences worldwide through its network specials, exclusive home videos, commercials and other specialty programming. For more information on Major League Baseball Productions, log on to www.MLBProductions.com.
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