December 10, 2003
Santa Claus to Host 4th Annual Live Webcast Featuring Captioned Video for Disabled at TVWorldwide.com & Christmas.com
From: Market Wire (press release) - Dec 10, 2003
St. Nick Again to Read Stories, Respond to E-Mail, Friday December 12, 6 PM ET, Using "Webcapting(SM) " in Joint Webcast With Christmas.com From TVWorldwide.com Studios
CHANTILLY, VA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 12/10/2003 -- TVWorldwide.com, a fast-growing web-based global TV network and streaming video service provider, announced today that Santa Claus has agreed to host the 4th Annual live "Streaming Santa" video webcast with special "webcapting(SM)" technology to offer captioned video streaming for the disabled. The holiday event, scheduled for Friday, December 12 beginning at 6 PM ET as a simul-webcast available at www.tvworldwide.com and co-promoter www.christmas.com, will feature Santa reading holiday stories and interacting with participants around the world by chat, e-mail and phone in different scheduled appearances throughout the evening. Those with disabilities will be able to join in the fun thanks to the webcapting(SM) streaming video, a process developed by TVWorldwide.com. Transcription support for this event is provided and sponsored by Caption Colorado. Premium webcast sponsors include the International Webcasting Association (www.webcasters.org).
"Ho! Ho! Ho! This was a blast the past three years, with children and their parents participating from as far away as Thailand!" remarked Claus. "I can't wait to again talk to everyone around the world at the webcast. Ho, Ho, Ho!...Why, Mrs. Claus is even insisting that all our busy elves take a break from building toys to tune in from the North Pole!!!!"
"Each year since, 2000 traffic to this event has grown significantly and we are proud to continue to participate in this historical tradition for our young streaming video industry," stated Dave Gardy, Chairman and CEO of TVWorldwide.com. "We're provisioning our server to accommodate several million page views based on last years logs and current projections with the help of Christmas.com's traffic. The webcapting feature will again make it accessible for those with disabilities. We're pleased that Santa could again participate."
The webcast always holds a special interest for Christmas.com. "At Christmas.com, we are always interested in providing a personal Christmas experience," commented Christmas.com Chairman Jeff Rusinow. "Unfortunately, too often the community of people with disabilities is overlooked. Thanks to TVWorldwide.com's expertise and our sponsors, this Santa webcast with captioning gives us an opportunity to embrace our visitors with disabilities and make them aware that we cherish their time spent with us at Christmas.com."
The event will be compressed and archived using for viewing later. Participants should have the free Real Player or Windows Media Player installed prior to the event and should log on by 5:30 PM ET on the 12th. Questions can be directed to 703-961-9250, ext. 223 before and during the event. The event will be archived at www.christmas.com and www.tvworldwide.com for later viewing by those who couldn't attend live.
As a leading global Internet broadcasting and streaming media company, TV Worldwide (www.tvworldwide.com) is developing a network of video channels that is an affiliation of community-based Internet television stations, each underwritten by a strategic partner, "aimcasting(SM)" to targeted demographic audiences worldwide. TVWorldwide.com works with strategic partners to develop the latest in live and archived state-of-the art video streaming content applications. TVWorldwide.com was recently named one of the streaming video industry's "Hottest Streaming Companies" by Streaming Magazine, www.streamingmagazine.com, and CEO Dave Gardy was honored by the magazine as one of the 50 Most Influential People in Streaming Media. Mr. Gardy currently serves as President of the International Webcasting Association.
Christmas.com (www.christmas.com) is the world's largest Christmas Internet portal, offering visitors a one-stop source for educational content, entertainment and convenience services related to the Christmas season. Millions of people from all over the world visit Christmas.com every year to read about the different Christmas traditions around the globe at Christmas.com WorldView (http://www.christmas.com/worldview ), participate in group forums, and enjoy the rich content throughout the site. Launched in 1998, Christmas.com is now a privately held company based in Wisconsin. Corporate information about Christmas.com can be found by clicking here (http://www.christmas.com/pe/1963).
TV Worldwide.com, Inc.
(703) 961-9250, ext. 222