ZIM announces strategic partnership with the International Table Tennis Federation to broadcast live matches for the Pro Tour and the World Junior Tour.
Ottawa, Canada - February 15, 2007 - ZIM Corporation (OTCBB: ZIMCF), an Internet TV broadcaster, today announced that it has partnered with the International Table Tennis Federation ("ITTF"), the governing body of international table tennis, to broadcast live matches on www.zimtv.biz and www.ittf.com.
The strategic partnership will enable viewers to watch on-line live matches from the Pro Tour and the World Junior Tour as well as access over 100 archived matches. Through the ZIMTV platform and the video-on-demand and pay-per-view services, ZIM and ITTF have extended the reach of Asia's number one sport to a global audience. For the remainder of 2007, ZIMTV will broadcast 21 live events in 18 countries from the Pro Tour and World Junior Tour. This partnership provides unrestricted worldwide access via www.zimtv.biz and www.ittf.com.
"The total TV-audience in China for the World Table Tennis Championships 2006 (held in Bremen, Germany) was 547,730,000 viewers. Also 123 hours of broadcast was shown in China by CCTV, Shanghai-TV, Beijing-TV and Guangdong-TV. The TV-right holders for ITTF events is made up of more than thirty of the world's leading sports broadcasters, including Tokyo TV (Japan), CCTV (China), TVB (Hong Kong) and Eurosport (Pan-European). We currently have the largest TV audience of any sport due to the popularity in Asia and we are extremely excited to be offering live matches over the Internet to further increase our sport’s popularity in North America, Latin America and Europe." said Adham Sahara, President of ITTF.
The ITTF currently has 202 country members world-wide and is represented in all five continents. Known as the world’s fastest sport, table tennis has been an Olympic Sport since the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Korea and will be the feature sport at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
"We are extremely excited to have gained the Internet broadcasting rights for such popular content. In less than eighteen months table tennis will be the feature sport at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and we expect this to be a true launch pad for the sport on a global scale. This initiative with ITTF provides an excellent opportunity to set a global example for Internet-based live sports broadcasting." said Michael Cowpland, President and CEO of ZIM Corporation.
In addition to viewing the live ITTF events online, viewers will also be able to stream the video content on their mobile phones. "The video quality on the latest mobile phones is truly impressive. With over 300 million mobile phones in China, and more than 2 billion mobile phones worldwide, fans of the sport will now be able to follow the games anywhere." added Cowpland.
All live and archived events in 2007 will be free of charge to end users. Starting in 2008 ZIMTV and ITTF expect to offer packages to end users who will be able to choose from purchasing a single event for US$4.99 or opt for a monthly subscription for US$19.99, which provides access to approximately 10 events per month.
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Founded in 1926 and incorporated in 1971, the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) is the non-profit world governing body of the sport of table tennis (also known as Ping-Pong) with 202 member national associations from all Continents. The ITTF holds annual World Championships plus international professional and junior competition circuits. Table Tennis, the national sport of China, made it's Olympic debut at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games and is played in more than 200 countries worldwide. The ITTF with headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, and branch offices in Ottawa (Canada) and Shanghai (China) provides development assistance to its member associations to popularize the sport internationally. The International Olympic Committee's own TV audit placed Table Tennis amongst the top five most watched sports during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Table Tennis will enjoy "marquis" sport status at the next Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008.
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