Gravitas Ventures Signs With Rentrak to Track Its On-Demand Movie Content Offerings

Mon Aug 30, 2010 7:00am EDT

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Gravitas Ventures Signs With Rentrak to Track Its On-Demand Movie Content Offerings

--Partnership Will Allow Gravitas to Better Track and Maximize Usage of its Monthly Movie, Events, Horror and Documentary On-Demand Packages--

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PORTLAND, Ore., Aug. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Rentrak Corporation (Nasdaq: RENT), the leader in multi-screen media measurement serving the advertising and entertainment industries, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to provide Gravitas Ventures, an aggregator of movie-on-demand content, with advanced measurement services through Rentrak's OnDemand Essentials™ product.

With the company's expanding presence in the on-demand entertainment content marketplace, Rentrak's OnDemand Essentials tracking and measurement service will allow Gravitas Ventures to measure and report on-demand transactions for feature films and event presentations packaged and distributed to many of the top cable, telco and satellite video-on-demand (VOD) distributors.

"Rentrak's OnDemand Essentials will enable Gravitas Ventures to generate accurate and timely reporting of how its feature films are faring across the different on-demand channel viewpoints. This valuable data will also provide Gravitas Ventures with insights key to future content acquisitions and package distribution scheduling," said Carol Hinnant, senior vice president of National Network Sales, Advanced Media and Information (AMI) division at Rentrak.

"As we launch our latest programming package, Documentaries on Demand, on September 1st, Gravitas recognizes that in order to better manage our expanding portfolio of movies and  event content, it is critical to have timely, actionable performance data for the titles we manage and schedule," said Michael Murphy, senior vice president, Business Affairs, Gravitas Ventures. "As the industry leader in measuring the video-on-demand platform, Rentrak's OnDemand Essentials service allows us to accurately track the performance of Gravitas-packaged content in an increasingly competitive marketplace."

About OnDemand Essentials®

OnDemand Essentials, a service of Rentrak's Advanced Media & Information Division, provides operators, content providers (including broadcast/cable networks, studios) and advertisers with a transactional tracking and reporting system to view and analyze on-demand content. The product is an extension of Rentrak's Essentials suite of business intelligence products customized for the entertainment industry. OnDemand Essentials clients have password protected, near real-time, Web browser-based 24/7 access to on-demand consumer usage data at various access levels based on business and privacy rules. A sophisticated toolset aggregates and reports data across multiple vendors in one easy to use report system. Clients using the OnDemand Essentials system are able to instantly analyze and interpret their own business data to identify trends, program and promote more effectively, as well as track their performance against the broader business sector in which they operate.

About Gravitas Ventures

Gravitas Ventures specializes in the aggregation of entertainment content for worldwide distribution via established and evolving platforms in the cable Video-on-Demand (VOD), broadband, mobile and airline/hospitality industries. The company bridges the gap between independent filmmakers, producers, and distributors and leading cable, satellite, telco and online distribution outlets.  Working with more than 250 content partners, Gravitas Ventures offers thousands of hours of quality entertainment comprised of feature films, documentaries, animation, alternative sports, wrestling/mixed martial arts, comedy, and music concert programming.  In 2010, Gravitas will distribute more than 350 titles. Follow Gravitas on Twitter @GravitasVOD.

About Rentrak Corporation

Rentrak Corporation is a global digital media measurement and research company, serving the most recognizable companies in the entertainment industry. With a reach across numerous platforms including box office, home entertainment, video on demand and linear television, broadband and mobile, Rentrak has developed more efficient metrics to be used as alternative currencies for the evaluation and selling of media. Rentrak is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, with additional offices worldwide. For more information on any of Rentrak's services, please visit www.rentrak.com.

Contact for Gravitas Ventures:

Michael Murphy

Office: 310-648-8430

Email: Michael@gravitasventures.com


Contact for Rentrak Corporation:

Sallie Olmsted / Amanda Bialek

Office: 310-854-8124 / 310-854-8151

Email: solmsted@rogersandcowan.com / abialek@rogersandcowan.com



SOURCE Rentrak Corporation

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