For the past five years Denki has been creating some charming, fun and downright lovely games for digital interactive television (or DiTV to those in the know).
The company has been supplying these to Sky Television in the UK, putting them in front of approximately 9,000,000 viewers, who can access the games direct through their set-top box and play using their Sky remote controls.
The rest of the world is not quite as advanced as the UK in terms of digital TV services, so Denki has been confined to the UK - until now.
The company is providing a selection of its games - both original and branded - to DIRECTV. This is the biggest digital TV provider in the US (we believe) with 16,000,000 viewers in the US - and another 1,500,000 in Latin America.
This is a fantastic expansion for Denki and puts them in the forefront of an entirely new gaming channel in the US market.
While digital TV gaming is still viewed with suspicion by many of the UK media (especially those who don't have or can't get Sky TV), it's picking up a large following in the casual gaming market.
The official press release points out that more titles will be released in the near future, so there's a good chance more of Denki's original titles will be released in the US - putting them in front of a whole new audience that even the online/PC casual games market has yet to reach.
Despite the technical constraints of creating games for DiTV, it has many advantages. Not least of which are a familiar and convenient control system (the remote) and a couple of simple low-cost payment options (pay-per-play or pay-per-day), which should encourage a use.
You can find the entire press release after the link...
Casual Games Expert Provides Titles For New Digital TV Game Lounge Platform
Dundee, UK, April 16th, 2006. Casual games company Denki today announced that it is providing games for DIRECTV's new Game Lounge digital interactive television games service.
Denki has provided nine titles for the launch of DIRECTV's new Game Lounge through a deal struck with Waterfront Entertainment: Word Crunch, Letter Box, Denki Blocks!™ Brain Teasers, Number Crunch, Polly Pocket™ SPLASH!, Barbie™ in The 12 Dancing Princesses and Barbie™: World Fashion Tour™, Tumble Fever and Hot Wheels™: Monster Truck Smashdown™.
The Game Lounge platform consists of several different categories including puzzle, word, card, educational and arcade style games that are based upon key consumer and entertainment brands. Customers with interactive DIRECTV receivers can play these games via their televisions using a DIRECTV remote control from the comfort of any room in their home.
Customers access Game Lounge both on an all access monthly subscription basis or play-per-day basis, which is currently a distribution structure that is not available on any other gaming platform. The all-access monthly subscription price of Game Lounge is $5.95 per month with a play-per-day price of $1.95.
Further titles developed by Denki and published by Waterfront Entertainment will be launched on DIRECTV later this year.
DIRECTV is the world's largest satellite television company, with 16 million subscribers in the United States and over 1.5 million in Latin America. The company launched the new Game Lounge service in February 2007.
Denki is a pioneer in the creation of digital interactive television games. The company has published more than 50 Digital Interactive TV (DiTV) titles in the past five years, many based on global brands and licenses from the world's leading media companies.
Colin Anderson, the managing director of Denki, said, “Gaming on digital television is very popular in Europe. It enjoys a very broad range of games players, including a high percentage of female and mature users, who are not traditionally considered 'gamers'. Digital television allows viewers to interact with their favorite shows, characters and brands in an entirely new way, through a medium – and controller – they're very comfortable with. It's an exciting new platform to work with and its potential is huge. DIRECTV has created an exciting new service for its users. Game Lounge offers a wide range of content that is unique in the United States. We are delighted to be developing games for their service and we look forward to viewers across America enjoying Denki developed games.”
Steven Roberts, Vice President and General Manager of DIRECTV, said, “Game Lounge was developed to leverage the growth of the casual games market and to provide our subscribers with yet another type of unique content, exclusively found on DIRECTV. Denki is one of the best and most experienced creators of digital interactive television games in the world.
The Denki developed games on Game Lounge are a true asset to the overall service. Our customers will enjoy the new experience of playing games through their TV set using their remote control.”
Stephen Swan a Director of Waterfront Entertainment said “Bringing Denki and DirecTV together to help launch DIRECTV’s Game Lounge has ensured that the service contains the best possible content and benefits from Denki’s extensive experience of creating such games.”
Denki is different: an established computer game company that relishes working within the exciting new medium of Interactive Television and finds the restrictions it places on content creators challenging rather than limiting. Denki has been at the forefront of new media games development for over 7 years and are now Sky Television’s principal games supplier. Having firmly established itself as a leader in this emerging field Denki is again investigating new markets where its particular brand of interactive entertainment will prove successful.
About DIRECTV, Inc.
DIRECTV, Inc., the nation’s leading satellite television service provider, presents the finest television experience available to more than 16 million customers in the United States, through exclusive content, industry-leading customer service (which has surpassed cable for six years running) and superior technologies. Each day, DIRECTV subscribers enjoy over 250 channels of 100% digital picture and sound; exclusive programming and the most comprehensive collection of sports programming available anywhere including NFL SUNDAY TICKET™, and MLB EXTRA INNINGS™. DIRECTV (NYSE:DTV) also leads the digital television technology revolution with exclusives such as NFL SUNDAY TICKET SuperFan™, US Open Interactive and YES Network Interactive and will soon have the capacity to offer over 150 channels in HD. For the most up-to-date information on the Company, please visit DIRECTV.com.
About Game Lounge
To access DIRECTV’s Game Lounge, customers must have a DIRECTV interactive receiver. For more information regarding compatibility please visit www.gamelounge.com
About Waterfront Entertainment
Waterfront Entertainment is an international publisher of interactive TV content, with a special focus on games. The company has been involved in this growing sector since the early days and has relationships with broadcasters, developers and brand owners in Europe and the US.
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