Kokusai Kogyo Co., Ltd. (President: Osamu Nakahara; hereafter, KKC) and Ubitus, Inc. (CEO: Wesley Kuo; hereafter, Ubitus) have entered a strategic business alliance to cooperate in the online distribution technology of panorama movie contents.
The collaboration between the two companies will result in the world’s first panorama movie distribution platform in the mobile market. Service providers may exploit the platform in order to provide a wide variety of panorama movie services on smartphones and connected mobile devices including iPhone and iPad. The users will experience a seamless all-round sphere view of the motion picture, anytime, anywhere, by flicking, scrolling, and zooming the movie displayed on the touch screens. Live streaming features will be released in October 2010.
The potential audience for the panorama movie services to appeal to include, but not limited to:
The platform is provided through KKC's panorama movie authoring and playback technology and Ubitus' RichMedia Cloud technology, which distributes interactive contents to any Internet-connected devices including mobile through optimized interactive streaming protocol. The two companies will further collaborate in order to expand the online distribution business of panorama movies.
Ubitus, Inc. was founded in 2007 and has 80 employees with offices in Taipei, Beijing, Guangzhou, Tokyo, and Seoul. As an outstanding provider of software platforms for fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) applications, the company offers next-generation services, making use of cloud computing solutions, for device manufacturers, wireless/wireline communication service providers, telecommunication network operators, and digital content providers. These services allow rich media to be enjoyed and shared on all kinds of devices, including PCs, IPTV, and mobile phones.