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Strong Incremental Distribution of the PRIVATE TV Channel in Latin America Announced by Private Media Group and PTVLA
Mar 25, 2008 (08:03 AM EDT)
BARCELONA, Spain and BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, March 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Private Media Group Inc. and Playboy TV Latin America announce the recent launch of the PRIVATE television channel with leading cable operators in Brazil, Argentina, Central America and the Caribbean, and a new Video-on-Demand service for South America available in Q2/08.
The launches on the following systems are a significant achievement in the rollout of the channel in Latin America:
-- In Brazil, on NET, the largest pay-television operator in Latin America. -- In Argentina, on Telecentro, one of the leading cable operators in the metropolitan region of Buenos Aires. -- In Central America and the Caribbean, on Telmex cable companies, primarily in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Republica Dominicana.
As a result of this expansion, a significant incremental subscriber base in Latin America will be able to buy the PRIVATE channel. In addition to these launches, a new PRIVATE Video-on-Demand service will be introduced in the region this year.
Mariano Varela, Executive VP and General Manager of Playboy TV LA, added: "The agreements we have signed recently in Argentina, Brazil and Central America represent significant growth for our distribution deal with Private. Private has strong brand equity in Latin America, and we expect continued growth in the region in 2008."
"We are very pleased with the strategic relationship we started with PTVLA in 2005 and the revenue growth expected in the near term in Latin America. This is a rapidly growing marketplace for adult entertainment and we will continue to provide expanded content offerings in the region. This is consistent with our overall global expansion on to new media platforms," said Peter Cohen, Chief Operating Officer of Private Media Group, Inc.
About NET Brasil
NET is the largest pay-television operator in Latin America, based upon the number of subscribers. It operates in 44 of Brazil's cities, including Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and Porto Alegre. NET is also the leading provider of high-speed cable modem Internet access through Net Virtua service. NET's advanced network of coaxial and fiber-optic cable covers over 36,000 kilometers and passes approximately 6,7 million homes.
Currently, NET's main services include pay-television and pay-per-view programming under the "NET" brand name, digital cable under the "NET Digital" brand name and broadband Internet service under the "NET Virtua" brand name. Through providing digital cable services, NET is able to offer subscribers additional channels and more value-added programming options and services, such as audio channels containing a variety of music packages, near video-on-demand and interactive services.
Telecentro Cable Television is the MSO with distribution in Capital Federal, western and southern regions of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The company also operates the UHF encoded television service from its own transmission facilities. Telecentro offers more than 80 television channels, including premium service and an exclusive Pay Per View system that allow the subscribers to buy movies before they are released in premium movie channels.
About Playboy TV LA
Playboy TV Latin America operates and distributes both basic and premium adult channels. The channels offered by the company include Playboy TV, Venus, Private, For Man and Lifestyle TV. Playboy TV LA is the leading Lifestyle & Adult entertainment company for the Spanish and Portuguese audience. High quality productions, sensuality and desire are the company mindset values. PTVLA has presence in all platforms, reaching each day a bigger and heterogenic audience. Innovation is one of the company key drivers.
Playboy TV Latin America is a joint venture between Playboy Group International and Claxson Interactive Group. Playboy is a brand-driven, international multimedia entertainment company and Claxson is a multimedia company providing entertainment content trough its assets in pay television, Internet and mobile.
In 2007, Playboy TV Latin America and Globosat formed Playboy Brasil, a joint venture to develop the premium adult channel business for the Brazilian market.
About Private Media Group
With its 40 year track record, NASDAQ listed Private Media Group is a brand-driven world leader in adult entertainment and distributes premium quality content globally via a wide range of platforms including more than 900 million mobile telephone handsets, IPTV/VOD, broadband Internet, television broadcasting, DVDs and magazines. Private Media Group owns the worldwide rights to its extensive archive of high-quality content, and also licenses its Private and "Silver Girls" trademarks internationally for a select range of luxury consumer products. Private's vision is to be the world's preferred content provider of adult entertainment to consumers anywhere, at any time and across all distribution platforms and devices.
This release contains, in addition to historical information, forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which reflect the Company's current judgments of those issues. However, because those statements are forward-looking and apply to future events, they are subject to such risks and uncertainties, which could lead to results materially different than anticipated by the Company.
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