ROAD RUNNER EXTENDS CO-BRANDED
WEB SITE AGREEMENT WITH WORLDS.COM
Worlds.com continues as 3D content provider
for Road Runner's Hang Channel
New York, NY, March 27, 2000 - Worlds.com (OTC/BB: WDDD), the leading three-dimensional (3D) entertainment portal, today announced that Road Runner (www.rr.com), a high-speed online service delivered to the PC over cable television infrastructure, has extended its agreement to have Worlds.com be a 3D interactive content provider on Road Runner's music and entertainment channel, Hang.
Road Runner is a joint venture owned by Time Warner (NYSE: TWX), Media One (NYSE: UMG), Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT), Compaq Corp. (NYSE: CPQ), and Advance/Newhouse. Worlds.com and Road Runner signed the original agreement in April 1999. Financial terms of the contract extension were not disclosed.
"When we launched the 3D Hang channel last May we were extremely enthusiastic about the potential of a co-branded site with Road Runner," said Thom Kidrin, president of Worlds.com. "To date, everything that has transpired in terms of usage, interactivity and content has exceeded our expectations. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Road Runner in 2000."
Road Runner's Hang Channel is available through the Worlds.com entertainment portal, allowing Worlds.com members to experience eight music genres, view streaming video, listen to streaming audio, and access music news and live cybercasts in a 3D environment. Additionally, Road Runner's 550,000 subscribers can enter the Worlds.com entertainment portal - including BowieWorld, HansonWorld, NYYankeesWorld and more than three-dozen eStores - directly from the Hang Channel on the Road Runner site.
"Road Runner is pleased to continue collaborating with Worlds.com to explore cutting-edge technologies that both encourage new ways of interaction among our subscribers and enrich their entertainment experience," noted Rebecca Paoletti, Senior Director of Programming and Editor-in-Chief of Road Runner. "Worlds.com continues to be a leader in this space, and we look forward to producing more events with them."
About Road Runner
Road Runner (www.rr.com) is a leading cable broadband online service, serving in excess of 550,000 customers in the communities where broadband access is available. The company is a joint venture among affiliates of Time Warner Inc., Media One Group, Microsoft Corp., Compaq and Advance/Newhouse. Road Runner combines the resources and strategic talent of five partners who are world leaders in media, broadband communications, computer software, and hardware and publishing. The Road Runner character is a trademark and copyright of Warner Bros., a division of the Time Warner Entertainment Company, LP.
Worlds.com, a 3D entertainment portal, leverages its proprietary technology to offer visitors a network of virtual, multi-user environments that have rich media graphics, text chat, voice-to-voice chat, streaming video and e-commerce. The environments are focused around entertainment interests and targeted communities such as music, sports, and general entertainment environments. In the Worlds' Avatar Gallery, visitors select an avatar (3D character), and customize it into a personal virtual representation of themselves. The avatar is used to travel in and through the various virtual environments and participate in interactive activities involving entertainment, promotions, or e-commerce. Avatars can chat with one another, dance in a nightclub, e-shop, watch video clips and participate in other activities.
Worlds.com is headquartered in New York City. For more information on Worlds.com, please contact Andrew Silver &/or Rebecca Fitts, Middleberg & Associates, (212) 699-2589/2663, email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org.
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