Meep, Meep! 7th Level Pairs With Road Runner
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The Agent 7 reusable, voice-activated characters are a friendly pirate named Barnacle Bob and a talking parrot, which will be used by Road Runner initially as a children's entertainment feature. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Road Runner is owned by Time Warner, MediaOne, Microsoft and Compaq. It claims to be the largest U.S. online service, providing cable Internet access to 27 million residences. The Tampa Bay division reports 1.3 million users.
7th Level's Agent 7 software produces lip synch and playback animated characters on the Internet, corporate networks and within Microsoft Office or other, major Windows 95/98 standalone PC applications. Character dialog and animation can be changed by users by recording a voice track with a microphone plugged into a PC. Individuals or businesses can create interactive animated characters or objects to increase the Web page and presentation effectiveness, in less time and cost than traditional frame-based animation, according to 7th Level.
"This agreement also steps up our penetration of the growing market for broadband Internet broadcast," said Curt Marvis, President of 7th Level.