celebrates success of online Genie Awards video site

    Genie voters go green with over 125 hours of online viewing

    OTTAWA, Feb. 29 /CNW Telbec/ -, Canada's online video service, is
celebrating the success of its partnership with the Academy of Canadian Cinema
and Television (ACCT) as Academy members logged 128 hours of online viewing
during the Genie Award voting period.
    "Our goal is to help bring the Academy into the digital age by giving
them an easy and convenient way to engage members in the voting process and
we've exceeded all expectations," said Rick Anderson, President and CEO of "Members watched the available videos 227 times totalling 128 viewing
hours over the 25-day voting period. Not only is that a significant amount of
time to spend watching video online, but members were able to log in to view
videos from anywhere in the world, any time of the day or night. It gives
voters great flexibility to view the films in a short period of time."
    Eight of the 11 nominated films in the theatrical shorts and documentary
categories were available for online viewing. "We're working with the Academy
to expand the number of categories offering streaming video for the site next
year. Online video is ultimately the future for home entertainment and we're
pleased to be at the forefront of that transition," said Anderson. Zip also
employed its DVD mailing expertise to deliver over 490 feature length
nominated films to voting members across Canada as part of the Academy's
video-on-request program.
    According to Sara Morton, CEO of the Academy of Canadian Cinema &
Television, Academy members were enthusiastic supporters of the service
provided by " brought a new level of ease and efficiency to the
voting process by offering both online streaming and video-on-request
services," said Morton. "We fully anticipate that our relationship with
will continue to simplify the voting process and encourage full participation
by our members."
    The28th annual Genie Awards are scheduled for Monday, March 3 at the
Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

    About ( is a leading-edge online video service,
one of the world's largest community-oriented, content rich video websites. offers online viewers a broad, deep and fast-growing array of video in
a unique, interactive and engaging community environment. aggregates
and advertises video content from many different providers, offering viewers
what they want to see, when they want to see it, how they want to see it.
Content is provided through a rich, unique and personalized interface,
marrying a leading edge video library with community-based ratings, reviews,
recommendations, discussion and personalized member profiles and personal
viewing ZipLists.'s "long tail" selection of tens of thousands of
videos spans a broad range of interests, including news, sports,
entertainment, TV series, documentaries, and independent and user-generated
video.'s sister service, is Canada's leading online video
service, part of the family of online enterprises, providing
customers with high-quality, high-value online services.

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