Popcast Expands Links, Taps Japan

POPcast Communications Corp. Wednesday
completed licensing agreements with TOKYOPOP.com, Digitainment.com,
Webdancecomedy.com and Webdancefilmfestival.com online communities.


Members of TOKYOPOP.com , a division of Mixx
Entertainment Inc., an Asian entertainment network covering new products and
technologies, J-pop music, manga and anime from across Asia will be able to
upload up to ten megabytes of audio or video content for free, encoded at
rates as high as 110 kilobytes-per-second, with upgrades to higher bit-rates
available for a nominal fee.


In a partnership with Digitainment, the parent of Digitainment.com,
Webdancefilmfestival.com, and Webdancecomedy.com, POPcast’s personal
Webcasting-enabling technology will be featured in several roles. First,
Digitainment.com is announcing a lottery-style “Funniest Home Movies”
contest, wherein participants submit their entries along with a nominal entry
fee which is pooled for a grand prize.


Using POPcast’s free POPcaster
digital video conversion tool and the POPcast personal Webcasting
application, amateur videophiles will submit their videos directly through
the site.


The Webdance Film Festival will also be accepting submissions in
similar fashion — allowing filmmakers to submit their work directly through
Webdancefilmfestival.com using POPcast’s technology.


Finally,
Webdancecomedy.com will be using POPcast’s technology to offer its community
of actors, performers and comedians the ability to stream their demo reels
for 24/7 on-demand viewing.


“By providing free personal webcasting services, anyone with a camcorder will
be able to broadcast online at Tokyopop.com to a global audience,” said Stu
Levy, founder and chief executive officer of TOKYOPOP.com and its parent company, Mixx
Entertainment.


“We believe Webcasting will fuel the growing interest in Asian
pop culture that has captured the attention and imagination of Generation I.”

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