here!, Akimbo Set Distribution Deal


Gay and lesbian programmer here! has inked a deal for carriage on Akimbo Systems’ Internet-delivered video-on-demand platform.

A subscription on-demand package from here! — including the programmer’s original and acquired movies, series, specials, news programs and documentaries — will sell for $6.95 per month via the Akimbo platform.

“The new partnership provides another way for here! consumers to access our groundbreaking, exclusive programming and tremendous gay and lesbian film library whenever they desire,” said Karen Flischel, executive vice president and general manager of here! Networks.

Added Akimbo CEO Joshua Goldman: “We are excited to add the high-quality, progressive programming offered by Here to our growing list of over 6,000 titles, designed to be as diverse as the Akimbo audience.”

The on-demand here! service can be accessed via the Internet-connected Akimbo Player set-top box or via the Akimbo for Media Center, which lets Akimbo subscribers access content offerings via Microsoft Corp.’s Windows XP Media Center Edition, with no additional hardware requirements.