HandHeld Entertainment™ today announced that a number of punk rock concert videos, in addition to hip-hop, gospel and metal concert videos from Music Video Distributors' extensive library of concert videos, movies and comedy films have been made available for purchase and download at the ZTV digital download store.
The new ZTV videos, available through a licensing agreement with MVD, include film from renowned punk rock artists such as Bad Religion, Dead Kennedys, Iggy and the Stooges (Iggy Pop), and New York Dolls, in addition to comedy films from former Saturday Night Live comedian Jim Breuer and cult indie films like "Southlander."
"People want a lot of choice when it comes to their entertainment, which makes it thrilling for us to add MVD's wide variety of punk, hip-hop, gospel and metal videos to our growing ZTV digital download store," said Jeff Oscodar, president and chief executive officer of HandHeld Entertainment. "We're also adding more comedy shorts and independent films from MVD's library."
The MVD agreement comes on the heels of recent HandHeld Entertainment announcements, including a music partnership with eMusic, the addition of Latin music videos from Sunflower Entertainment, the acquisition of 1,500 full-length films and television shows from Worldvision Cinema, comedic movies from Fun Little Movies, extreme sports videos from TotalVid, independent films from StoryPIPE, and classic TV programs and cartoons from LikeTelevision.
"The ZTV digital download store provides an innovative way for us to deliver videos of world-class artists to even more audiences," said Michael DeMonte of Music Video Distributors. "The portability of the ZVUE lets you take video from Iggy Pop to Trick Daddy with you for on-the-go entertainment."
About the ZVUE
Available today in more than 1,800 Wal-Mart stores around the United States, the $99 ZVUE plays videos and MP3 files available from the ZVUE.com download store and also lets users view digital pictures from a digital camera or home video from a camcorder. The ZVUE offers full-color video and clear audio sound that gives users a robust, on-the-go digital experience when coupled with downloadable content from the ZVUE Website.
About Music Video Distributors
Since 1986, Music Video Distributors (MVD) has supplied consumers, retailers and distributors with a diverse selection of quality music-related DVDs. In addition, MVD sells more than 50,000 different DVDs to more than 10,000 storefronts across the United States and Canada. MVD also counts Best Buy, Blockbuster, Borders, Fry's Electronics, Hollywood Video, K-Mart, Tower Records, Transworld, Virgin and Wal-Mart as customers.
About HandHeld Entertainment Inc.
HandHeld Entertainment (hheld.com) is a digital-media-to-go company with a family of mass-market portable media players priced at mass-market prices as well as its own online video content store. Its ZVUE portable media players are available for purchase online and in more than 1,800 retail locations across the United States, while portable video lovers can visit ZTV (HandHeld Entertainment's video content store) to buy pay-per-download videos or download thousands of free media titles. For more information call 415-495-6470.
HandHeld Entertainment, ZTV and ZVUE are trademarks of HandHeld Entertainment. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.
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