Trio of Cutting-Edge Integration Providers Ready to Connect Canadian Television Distributors with The Movie Network GO

Trio of Cutting-Edge Integration Providers Ready to Connect Canadian 
Television Distributors with The Movie Network GO 
Great Lakes Data Systems (GLDS), watchTVeverywhere (WTVE) and Synacor Offer 
Integration Services for TV Everywhere Platform, Giving More Companies the 
Ability to Launch TMN GO 
TORONTO, June 4, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Astral's The Movie Network (TMN) today 
announced an innovative solution for Canadian television distributors 
interested in offering their customers access to The Movie Network GO, TMN's 
video-streaming service which also includes HBO GO Canada and TMN Encore GO. 
This centralized TV Everywhere integration option, currently offered by GLDS, 
WTVE and Synacor, enables television distributors to partner with an 
intermediary service that handles the back-office integration, including 
billing systems assimilation, authentication and entitlement services. This 
will in turn enable smaller, independent distributors who may not have the 
ability to invest in their own integration infrastructure to tap into an 
existing and cost-effective solution to bring the TMN GO service to 
"TMN GO adds tremendous value to The Movie Network subscriptions and we are 
dedicated to making the service available to all subscribers through our 
ongoing relationships with Canadian cable and satellite providers," said 
Domenic Vivolo, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Astral Television 
Networks. "With our new partnership with GLDS, WTVE and Synacor, more of our 
affiliate partners will be able to offer TMN's unparalleled premium content 
through the web and iOS devices as well as capitalizing on TMN's future 
platform rollout plans." 
Since launching in February of this year, TMN GO, HBO GO Canada and TMN Encore 
GO have launched with Bell TV, Rogers and Cogeco Cable, ensuring that the 
service is now available to approximately 75% of the total TMN subscriber base. 
With a sleek cinematic design and interface that offers superior 
functionality, TMN GO is a best-in-class service that offers customers access 
to more than 1,000 hours of premium content. Key features of the service 

    --  Pick-up-and-play technology which allows users to start
        watching on one device and continue on another;
    --  A Watchlist function which lets users keep up with their
        favourite series throughout the run;
    --  Parental controls to allow users to manage the content that
        family members of every age have access to;
    --  Social networking features which allow users to "share" and
        "like" favourite titles instantly with friends over Facebook,
        Twitter and email;
    --  Multiple members of the household can enjoy the service with up
        to three simultaneous streams and five registered devices per
        subscriber household;
    --  The service stream over Wi-Fi, 3G and LTE  networks, allowing
        users to manage their data consumption;
    --  Adaptive Streaming which automatically switches video quality
        to ensure the best viewing experience available based on the
        user's Internet connection;
    --  Video Quality Control gives users control over video quality,
        allowing them to further control their bandwidth consumption.

TMN GO's selection mirrors the programming offering from The Movie Network 
OnDemand, HBO Canada OnDemand and TMN Encore OnDemand, with new content being 
refreshed weekly.

TMN GO is supported by the iPhone 3GS and subsequent models, iPod touch (3(rd) 
and 4(th) generation) and the iPad and iPad Mini (running iOS 5.0 or higher).

The TMN GO App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and 
iPod touch or via the website at

The Movie Network is a pay television service available in eastern Canada. 
With premiere access to Hollywood hit movies, new and exclusive HBO content, 
critically acclaimed Showtime series and first-rate Canadian programming, this 
pay-television service presents Canadians with some of the best television 
entertainment available. The Movie Network service includes five 24-hour 
multiplex channels - The Movie Network, HBO Canada, MExcess, MFun! and MFest - 
which deliver diverse and entertaining programs in an uncut and 
commercial-free television environment. All five multiplex channels are also 
simulcast in High Definition and are joined by The Movie Network OnDemand, a 
Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) service, available in select areas across 
eastern Canada; TMN OnLine an Internet-based content streaming service 
available to BellTV, Rogers and Videotron subscribers; and TMN GO, a video 
streaming service currently available to Bell TV and Cogeco Cable subscribers. 
For more information, please visit

TMN GO and The Movie Network are members of the Astral family. Astral Media 
Inc. (TSX:ACM.A/ACM.B) is one of Canada's largest media companies. It operates 
several of the country's most popular pay and specialty television, radio, 
out-of-home advertising and interactive media properties. Astral plays a 
central role in community life across the country by offering diverse, rich 
and vibrant programming that meets the tastes and needs of consumers and 
advertisers. To learn more about Astral, visit

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