SHENZHEN, China, Sept. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Tencent, China's leading online communications, social and entertainment services company, today announced that it has collaborated with Disney Media Distribution to bring some of the Studio's most popular live-action and animated features to "Hollywood VIP," a leading online movie service in China.
A growing number of Hollywood studios including Lionsgate, Miramax, Universal, and Warner Bros. already offer movies through "Hollywood VIP."
"We are very excited to be working with Disney to bring both new and classic movies to Chinese viewers," said Sun Zhong Huai, Vice President of Tencent, who oversees the online video business. "Our partnership with Warner Bros., Universal, Miramax, and Lionsgate has been a huge success, with hundreds of thousands of repeat customers enjoying millions of movies views on our film service since we launched the service. With its extensive user base and wide range of platforms and content, Tencent is ideally-placed to drive the growth of the Chinese digital distribution market and meet increasing consumer demand, supported by some of Hollywood's biggest studios."
"We're excited to provide Tencent's 'Hollywood VIP' with the best of the Disney movie slate featuring a wide range of movies, and some of our best animated features and blockbuster films. Millions of Chinese online viewers can now see films from Disney, Pixar, and Marvel studios at home or on the go," said Dai Hua, Vice President and Managing Director of Disney Channels and Disney Media Distribution Greater China.
With this collaboration, "Hollywood VIP" (URL: film.qq.com) will now feature movies from the blockbuster Disney stable which includes: Marvel Studios, home of "The Avengers," one of the China's top 3 foreign films of 2012; Pixar Studios, home to Academy Award-winning titles such as "Toy Story 3" and "UP;" and Walt Disney Studios titles, such as the record-breaking franchise "Pirates of the Caribbean."
"Hollywood VIP" subscribers have on-demand access to an extensive selection of new and classic films, with newer titles available the same day they are released on Blu-ray and DVD. In addition to the monthly subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service, "Hollywood VIP" customers can purchase newly released movies such as "Oblivion," "Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall," "We're the Millers" or "The Conjuring," on a transactional basis (TVOD), just two weeks after their U.S. theatrical release. Dozens of domestic Chinese movies are also available on the service, just one to two months after their local theatrical release dates, such as "The Blind Detective." All in, more than 1,500 movies (SVOD and TVOD combined) will now be available through the online service, many of them exclusively to "Hollywood VIP."
Notes to editors:
Tencent uses technology to enrich the lives of Internet users. Every day, hundreds of millions of people communicate, share experiences, consume information, seek entertainment, and shop online through our integrated platforms. Our diversified services include QQ, Weixin and WeChat for communications; Qzone for social networking; QQ Game Platform for online games; QQ.com for information; as well as our eCommerce open platform. Our company was founded in Shenzhen in 1998 and went public on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2004. We seek to evolve with the Internet by investing in innovation, providing a hospitable environment for our partners, and staying close to our users. For more information, please visit www.tencent.com/ir.
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Disney Media Distribution is the distribution arm of The Walt Disney Company responsible for the licensing of branded and non-branded entertainment to all platforms in Asia Pacific including free-to-air, cable and satellite broadcasters and mobile, broadband and VOD platforms. Its program portfolio includes quality feature films, critically-acclaimed network television series, ABC news programming, the very best in animation and prestigious specials such as the Academy Awards. Disney Media Distribution also oversees channel distribution of the much-loved Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior which are distributed on all major pay TV platforms in the region.
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