Consumer editing tool is launched through ISP
London, UK, 12 January 2006: Video streaming and editing specialists, Forbidden Technologies today announces a strategic partnership with Tiscali, the internet and broadband company, through its distribution partner, Simply Stream TV for the launch of Forbidden’s new Clesh (Clip Load Edit Share) consumer editing package through the ISP’s portal.
One of the first Web 2.0 applications, providing a truly interactive user experience through the Internet, Clesh is a scaled down consumer version of Forbidden’s award winning FORscene package that has been used professionally in the post production industry by broadcasters such as GMTV and Granada. It allows consumers to experience the functionality and features of FORscene to edit and share their own video and mobile phone footage on the Internet, through a home PC. In December 2005, FORscene won the Royal Television Society award for technology in the post production process.
Stephen Streater, CEO of Forbidden Technologies said, “Clesh is a new and exciting Web 2.0 application. The concept of web based applications has been popularised with web-based email access. Clesh pushes this idea much further: using the package, consumers can create their own videos and publish them for viewing on the web or on mobile phones from almost any computer. It is a fully integrated system allowing creation and sharing of video as never before. Forbidden is using its technology for Internet video in new and radical ways, and the launch partnership with Tiscali is a true testament to the capabilities and promise of Clesh.”
The package will be launched through the Tiscali portal in January 2006 with a competition to create the best video of ‘where you would rather be’ using Clesh. Additional video content will be provided by Simply Stream TV for the competition, should participants run short of their own material. A shortlist of the best videos will be compiled by the Tiscali and Forbidden Technology judges with an online vote by the public to decide the winner. Online support will be available throughout the competition, with specialist help pages on the Tiscali site and an address for email queries to help users get up to speed quickly on the features and use of Clesh.
“The launch of the Clesh package will provide our users with that next level of functionality when it comes to editing their footage and sharing videos with family and friends.” says Richard Ayers, Portal Director and Editor of Tiscali.co.uk. “You only need to look at the success of Forbidden’s professional product to see that Clesh has enormous potential, and we are delighted to be the first to offer it to our users on its launch “
Nicholas Rogovsky, CEO of Simply Stream TV added, “As Forbidden’s chosen technology and distribution partner for Clesh, we are extremely pleased that the launch of this award winning editing technology is being undertaken in partnership with one of the UK’s best known ISPs. As video content becomes increasingly in demand for travel product marketing, this launch comes at the perfect time. Simply Stream TV is the first to make full use of the new technology in post production and intends to widen the usage throughout the travel sector and beyond.”
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About Forbidden Technologies
Forbidden Technologies plc (www.forbidden.co.uk) develops and markets innovative technology for video distribution over the fixed line and wireless Internet.
Forbidden’s flagship product, FORscene is a 'pay-as-you-go' web-based tool for video post production, (logging, editing, browsing and publishing) for broadcast, Internet and mobile video. Its Java design allows modern PCs, Macs and Linux machines to use FORscene without any software installation or hardware upgrades. Its interface is designed to be intuitive, responsive, reliable and accessible anywhere, anytime.
Tiscali UK forms part of Tiscali SpA., headquartered in Cagliari, Italy. The UK company was launched in July, 2001 following the acquisitions of Liberty Surf, World Online and LineOne. Tiscali UK also acquired Tiny and Gateway ISPs.
Providing broadband, dialup and telephone services to over 1.8 million customer, Tiscali UK is positioned within the UK market as the 4th largest ISP.
One of the most comprehensive sites on the web, Tiscali's portal www.tiscali.co.uk provides 22 channels and over 40,000 pages of constantly updated information, resources and entertainment content. The site receives over 6 million unique visitors, viewing around 200 million pages a month, providing online services from shopping to sport and money to entertainment. The site also provides services such as legal music downloading from a catalogue of over 750,000 tracks, a free Video Email service and a Members Area with exclusive content and offers.
Tiscali S.p.A., (Borsa Italiana, Milan: TIS, Euronext, Paris: 005773), is the European Internet Communication Company providing broadband and narrowband access for consumer and business applications as well as innovative communications services and contents. As of 30 September 2005, Tiscali had 4.8 million active users in Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and the Czech Republic. 1.48 million were broadband customers, of which 280,000 received unbundled services.
Tiscali's corporate website can be found at www.tiscali.com
About Simply Stream TV
Simply Stream TV specializes in the production, distribution and the licensing of travel video content. www.simplystream.tv With over 20 years of experience Simply Stream TV is the chosen technology and content distribution partner to Forbidden Technologies plc servicing the travel sector.
Simply Stream TV produced several long running TV series for broadcast. It is currently engaged in the production of video presentations for hotels, resorts, destinations, attractions and holiday experiences, for primary use by Internet retail travel sites, video on demand operators and ISPs. It is also one of the first to make full use of CLESH in post production.
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