WATCH JOEL TUDOR WIN THE 2005 HONDA U.S. OPEN OF SURFING OF LONGBOARDING ON MEDIAZONE.COM
Fans Can Watch the Full Rebroadcast of the Competition, Heat-By-Heat and On Demand
Redwood City, CA – August 1, 2005 – Exclusively on MediaZone.com, surfing fans can watch the complete play-by-play as Andy Irons (Hawaii) claims the 2005 U.S. Open of Surfing title and defeats Rob Machado (Cardiff, CA) in a dramatic showdown during the Men’s Final at Huntington Beach, California. Instead of waiting two months for the event television coverage, fans can view world class surfers duking it out for a $185,000 prize purse at this six-star World Qualifying Series (WQS) at www.MediaZone.com/surfing.
In partnership with event producer IMG, MediaZone.com is the official internet broadcaster for full on-demand coverage and archives of the 2005 HONDA U.S. Open of Surfing. MediaZone is streaming every heat of the Men’s and Women’s Open, along with the finals of the Men’s and Women’s Junior Pro and the US Open of Longboarding. Fans can re-live the action as the Women’s division winner Julia Christian (Carlsbad, CA) shuts out Australia’s Rebecca Woods for the victory. Fans will also by riveted by the winning heats from the Longboard final and from Junior Pro champions Hank Gaskell (Hawaii) and Nikita Robb (South Africa). In addition to the surfing coverage, the Bank Of The West Beach Games highlights are included in the broadcast, plus the shattering of the Guinness world record for the most number of surfers riding on one board.
Viewers can watch all this past weekend’s events on demand and as often as they want on MediaZone. For the low price of $9.99, customers can choose between two types of U.S. Open of Surfing Packages. The Beach Games All Access Package offers the complete 5-day rebroadcast of the US Open plus 2004 TV-produced highlights, 2005 surfing highlights and Beach Games footage. The Xtreme Sports package offers customers the U.S. Open Of Surfing and a 1-month subscription to MediaZone’s Xtreme Sports Channel featuring big wave surfing, kiteboarding, and more. Both packages contain over 35 hours of programming of the U.S. Open Of Surfing and access to watch for 30 days and up to one year.
By broadcasting the U.S. Open of Surfing online, fans can follow their local surf heroes competing in this major surfing competition from any part of the world without waiting for TV.
“The U.S. Open Of Surfing is a wonderful addition to MediaZone’s premium sports coverage. We are pleased to be working with IMG to bring an on demand component to surfing. Our customers are thrilled to have access to this world class event,” said Michelle Wu, Chief Operating Officer of MediaZone.
MediaZone is able to stream the highlights in high-quality video, ensuring that the programs remain secure while managing international access, billing and customer care. MediaZone offers a complete solution for securing, marketing, selling, managing and distributing digital content via the Internet.
MediaZone is a leading global provider of licensed video and audio content distributed securely via broadband networks to personal computers. MediaZone offers both subscription services and pay-per-view access to live event broadcasts, and an extensive library of content in sports, film, TV entertainment, lifestyle, music, health, fitness, religious, international, how-to, and personal development video and audio media. The company is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area with offices in China and Europe. MediaZone is a division of MIH Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Naspers (NASDAQ: NPSN.) For more information, please visit: www.MediaZone.com or send email to info@MediaZone.com.
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