Azureus Grabs Starz Media Anime

Anime, horror, comedy and sci-fi titles from the Starz Media catalog will soon be available online through Azureus, a company that has created an application which allows large files to be distributed over the Internet. The content partnership, Azureus’ third since launching in December, will see the company handling web-based distribution of such animated series as Street Fighter Alpha, Ghost in the Shell, Astro Boy, Ninja Scroll and Tripping the Rift, as well as the first season Showtime’s Masters of Horror.

High resolution, long-form content from Starz Media will be available to users on Azureus’ digital media platform, currently code named Zudeo, at The company aims to provide an alternative distribution platform that enables content providers to publish, showcase and distribute DVD quality entertainment and video-game content easily, securely and at minimal cost. In December, the company announced its first content partnership with BBC Worldwide.

“Through this partnership with Azureus, we hope to reach the millions of genre fans online and build upon the avid audience interested in our video titles and series,” says Marc DeBevoise, senior VP of business development and strategy for Starz Media. “We’re excited about Azureus’ high resolution format and its potential.”

Azureus says it has seen its application downloaded more than 130 million times as users seek to connect with one another from more than 100 countries. In addition, leading companies including Sun Microsystems employ Azureus servers to distribute applications or other content to their customers. The Azureus client is also included in Red Hat’s Fedora Linux Operating System. Go to for more information.