On2 Technologies, Inc. (AMEX:ONT) an industry leader in video encoding software, and Amsterdam-based music website Fabchannel.com, announced today that Fabchannel is using On2 Technologies' new On2 Flix Live 8 software for live Flash encoding of music events on Fabchannel.com, reaching global audiences over the Internet.
Fabchannel.com is a Webby Award 2006 winner for Best Music Website in the world, housing the world's largest online concert video archive, with over 500 exclusive concerts from world-renowned clubs Paradiso and Melkweg in Amsterdam. With this announcement, Fabchannel.com offers live Flash concert webcasts in addition to an expansive catalog of archived events.
The first live concert using On2 Flix Live was broadcast on August 28, 2006, and Fabchannel will broadcast over 200 concerts annually. Users can view upcoming concerts on Fabchannel.com.
"On2 Flix Live made its debut with our webcast of Pennywise in concert at the Melkweg in Amsterdam, our first-ever webcast in On2 VP6 for Flash," said Bauke Freiburg, head of product development for Fabchannel.com. "A show that would normally draw only local fans to the bricks-and-mortar club played to over 4,000 people around the world on the Internet. It's an entirely new way for these bands to reach out to their fans wherever they may be. On2's Flix Live encoder is helping Fabchannel.com transform the underground music scene from a local sensation to a global phenomenon."
On2 Flix Live is the first broadcast-quality live Flash encoding solution available on the market. On2 Flix Live allows millions of Flash users around the world to access live content with the same quality and ease of use as Flash on-demand video content, which has made Flash the most popular video format for the Internet.
"We are pleased that a popular website such as Fabchannel is among the first to showcase the live Flash video capabilities of our new On2 Flix Live software," said Samrat Vasisht, vice president of marketing at On2 Technologies. "Our On2 VP6 codec has brought long-form, broadcast-quality video capabilities to Flash. With the introduction of On2 Flix Live, webcasters for the first time can deliver the same experience for live events as they have come to expect with Flash video in general."
Founded by Paradiso Amsterdam, one of Europe's leading live music clubs, Fabchannel.com is a leading new breed of entertainment companies that combine content, technology, and distribution to reach global audiences and promote emerging trends in music. Since its first webcast in 2000, Fabchannel has gained extensive following through combining online concert video production with rights management, video distribution, interface design and online music promotion. Fabchannel earned four prestigious Internet awards, including the Prix Europa 2005 and the Webby Award 2006 for Best Music Website in the world.
About On2 Technologies, Inc.,
On2 Technologies is a leading technology firm at the forefront of digital video compression. The company revolutionized digital media delivery with the creation of its advanced full-motion, full-screen On2 Video compression and streaming technologies. On2 Video codecs are widely used in the Internet, video-on-demand, VoIP, and mobile media markets. On2's software is used by such leading global companies as Adobe/Macromedia, AOL, Skype, XM Satellite Radio, Sony, CTT, VitalStream, and Tencent. Located in New York City, the company has offices in Clifton Park, NY, and Cambridge, UK. To contact On2, write to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.on2.com.