SoapCity Adds 'Days of our Lives' to Offerings of SoapCity Download™
Like Sands Through Cyberspace, Daily Episodes of NBC's Most-Watched Soap Opera Are Now Available for Download Directly to Your PC
Launches With 14-Day Free Trial www.soapcity.com
CULVER CITY, Calif.
Sony Pictures Digital Networks' SoapCity.com is adding a third popular daytime drama, "Days of our Lives," to SoapCity Download™, a service that provides current day, full-length, commercial-free soap opera episodes to broadband computer users. The announcement was made today by Mary Coller, senior vice president and general manager of SoapCity.
U.S. broadband consumers can now enjoy on-demand, high-quality episodes of "Days of our Lives" right on their PC's. Monthly subscriptions are $9.99 (with a 14-day free trail) or on a pay-per-episode basis at $1.99. SoapCity Download™ has been offering downloadable daily episodes of two popular CBS daytime dramas, "The Young and the Restless" and "As the World Turns," since its debut in February, 2003.
SoapCity's launch of "Days of our Lives" download coincides with an especially noteworthy story arc -- as popular characters from past and present reunite with the Horton and Brady clans to celebrate the bicentennial of Salem, the fictional town in which the long-running soap opera is set.
Since its debut in 1965, "Days of our Lives" has proven to be one of the most popular daytime dramas of all time and currently ranks # 1 in the key demo of women 18-34 (AC Nielsen, 9/23/02 - 6/15/03).
"We're very excited to bring a program with nearly 40 years of history to fans in a new way," said Coller. "We think SoapCity Download will play an important role in keeping 'Days'' fans, especially younger, tech-savvy ones, connected with one of daytime drama's most exciting shows."
"'Days of our Lives' has one of the most loyal fan bases of all daytime dramas," said Patrick Kennedy, executive vice president, Sony Pictures Digital Networks. "We are very excited to offer 'Days' fans a new way to enjoy their show. The quality, clarity and convenience of SoapCity Download reinforces the mission of Sony Pictures Digital Networks to deliver consumer-friendly, on-demand entertainment services anywhere, anytime, on any enabled device."
"As the ultimate soap opera website, SoapCity's commitment is to the fans," added Coller. "SoapCity Download is growing because it offers busy soap fans a convenient way to keep up with their shows and stars they have spent years getting to know."
SoapCity Download's VCR functionality enables viewers to stop, start, fast-forward, rewind and pause their episode. Daily episodes will be posted every weekday at 4 p.m. PST. Using the RealOne™ Player, subscribers may view the current episode or one they may have missed up to four weeks back. Consumers can watch unlimited viewings of their downloaded episodes at their convenience on their computer for up to 28 days. The RealOne Player is available to SoapCity Download users at no cost.
SoapCity, The Soap Opera Capital of the World®, located at www.soapcity.com and AOL Keyword: "SoapCity" is a division of Sony Pictures Digital Networks and serves as the exclusive soap opera destination and the premier soap content provider to AOL and Yahoo! TV. With over 3.4 million unique users a month, the site provides extensive, exclusive coverage updated daily, for all daytime dramas. In addition, the SoapCity Network includes official websites for top soap talent, as well for the shows "The Young and the Restless," "Days of our Lives," "As the World Turns," "Guiding Light" and "The Bold and the Beautiful." SoapCity is driven by a fan-based community eager to connect with their favorite shows. With daily updates, up-to-the-minute news, fashion and style reviews, and its e-commerce destination, The SoapCity Store, SoapCity has emerged as the number one soap opera entertainment hub.
About Sony Pictures Digital Networks
Sony Pictures Digital Networks is an operating unit of Sony Pictures Digital. The division leads the company's efforts to develop and provide new forms of online content, games, interactive programming, open-access video-on-demand, wireless and mobile entertainment to consumers worldwide. Through SoapCity, Screenblast, Sony Pictures Mobile, SPiN, the Advanced Platforms Group and GoPlayTV, Sony Pictures Digital Networks is committed to making information and entertainment available anywhere, anytime on any enabled device. Sony Pictures Digital is a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment. For more information please visit www.sonypictures.com .
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