Access Digital Entertainment said it will launch its WOWHD.tv service in the UK this summer to offer download-to-own and Video On Demand featuring UltraViolet.
“WOWHD.tv will allow people to stream or download their favourite content 24/7 – anywhere, at anytime – on any connected device including smartphones, tablets, PC’s and Smart TV’s, store their UltraViolet titles in the cloud and share them with up to five other people,” the firm told Cue Entertainment.
Access Digital Entertainment, which originates in Australia where it already offers UltraViolet locker access, said it will leverage its affiliate relationship with WOWHD.co.uk, which already sells DVD and Blu-ray Disc here.
CEO Craig White (pictured) said negotiations are “well under way” with major Hollywood studios to license a wide range of current movie and TV titles: “As we have already built a transferable digital competency in one market, and have online affiliate relationships in others, it makes sense that Access Digital Entertainment would work with studios to offer consumers more choice and the benefit of UltraViolet in new markets.”
He noted that today’s viewing choices are not dictated by time, channel or place, and said WOWhd.tv will allow people to choose “when, where and how they can watch a richly diverse range of entertainment content”.
White said, “Our agreements with Hollywood studios will be announced in the following weeks, which will see new release movies and TV shows available to rent or buy at the time of DVD release, or earlier, where studios offer early access windows.”
White, who is CEO and co-founder of Access Digital Entertainment (UK) Ltd., also co-founded Élan Media Partners Pty Ltd, which owns and operates online websites such as ezydvd.com; ezyflix.com; chaos.com; play4me.com; wowhd.com.
He worked formerly in the UK, US, Europe and Australia in e-commerce, filmed entertainment and consumer packaged goods for firms such as Cadbury, 20th Century Fox and Foster’s Brewing International.