Recipients View Videos by Clicking On a Link, Eliminating the Time and Hassle of Downloading
WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., Aug. 28, 2007 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- United Online®, Inc. (Nasdaq:UNTD), a leading provider of consumer Internet and media services, today announced the launch of Video Mail, allowing NetZero® and Juno® users to add a personal video to an email that recipients can view without having to download the video.
"Generally, the sender attaches a video file in an email which the recipient has to download," said Mark R. Goldston, chairman, president and chief executive officer of United Online. "Large video attachments can get intercepted by spam filters, and even if they do get through, they can take an extremely long time to download. With our video mail feature, you upload the video through your browser, or shoot a new video with a webcam, and send a link that the recipient clicks on to view the video. The player is in the browser so there is no downloading involved."
Unlike some existing video email services, including instant messaging services, NetZero and Juno Video Mail is email agnostic. Members can easily send video emails to any email address in the world.
Video mail service is available to both free and paid NetZero and Juno members. Free members can send videos of up to three minutes in length, while paid members can send longer videos. To send a video email, members go to their Message Center, click on email, compose and select "Video Mail." They can then either upload a video that is already on their computer, or record a new video with a webcam and upload it using the Video Mail system. A "Play" icon appears when the recipient clicks on the email, and selecting that icon plays the video.
Through its NetZero and Juno brands, United Online provides Internet access and email services to millions of members nationwide. The company recently launched DSL broadband service for both NetZero and Juno that is currently available in parts of 34 states and Washington D.C. Each Internet access account comes with an email account and email virus protection.
About United Online
United Online, Inc. (Nasdaq:UNTD) is a leading provider of consumer Internet and media services. The company's Content & Media services include social networking (Classmates) and online loyalty marketing (MyPoints). Its Communications services include Internet access (NetZero, Juno) and email. United Online is headquartered in Woodland Hills, CA, with offices in New York, NY; Fort Lee, NJ; Renton, WA; San Francisco, CA; Schaumburg, IL; Orem, UT; Erlangen, Germany; and Hyderabad, India. For more information about United Online, please visit www.unitedonline.com.
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This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the performance of NetZero and Juno Video Mail, and the success of the offerings. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are not a guarantee of performance. These statements are based on the current expectations or beliefs of the company, as well as on assumptions concerning future events made by management, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. The potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, the impact of increasing competition, industry consolidation, pricing pressures, delays, inaccurate assumptions, access to technology, and technological, performance and other risks associated with introducing and commercializing a new service in new areas. More information about potential factors that could affect the business and financial results of United Online are included in the Forms 10-K and 10-Q and other filings made by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission (http://www.sec.gov/) including (without limitation) information under the captions "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and "Risk Factors." United Online disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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