WheelsTV to Roll on Akimbo

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WheelsTV Network will be available on Akimbo Systems’ Internet-delivered video-on-demand service under terms of a distribution agreement announced Monday.

Automotive-lifestyle network WheelsTV features shows such as Wild About Wheels, which it called the first ever automotive-lifestyle series to air in primetime; Hot Streets, covering the youth tuner lifestyle; True Top Speed, a behind-the-wheel thriller; and Top 200, a consumer utility.

To use Akimbo’s service, consumers select programs that are downloaded to the “Akimbo Player” through a broadband-Internet connection, then view them on their televisions using Akimbo’s "Queue and View" format.

“WheelsTV offers a wide variety of quality, relevant and contemporary automotive television programming that adds significant value to our VOD service,” Akimbo founder and executive vice president of sales and marketing Steve Shannon said in a prepared statement. “We’re very pleased to be working with WheelsTV, bringing its distinguished program service to Akimbo’s subscribers.”

WheelsTV chairman and cofounder Jim Barisano added, “With WheelsTV on Akimbo, viewers who crave colorful automotive television can enjoy WheelsTV’s assortment of programs anytime of the day or night. It’s the new world of pinpoint television with engaged viewers watching exactly what they want to watch, exactly when they want to watch it.”

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