Service Will Focus on Films and Documentaries That Excite People to Explore and Better Understand Their World; Special Two-Week Trial Offer Allows Consumers to Sample Program for Free
WASHINGTON (Feb. 7, 2005)–For nearly 40 years, National Geographic television programs have transported viewers to extraordinary locales around the world, put them on the forefront of amazing scientific and archaeological discoveries, and introduced them to exotic wildlife and fascinating cultures. Now, add to that the power of feature films. National Geographic Home Entertainment, in partnership with CafeDVD.com, is launching a new online DVD rental service, National Geographic Movie Voyager (www.movievoyager.com), where fans of feature films and documentaries alike can access a “window on the world” from the comfort of their homes.
Movie Voyager focuses on select feature films and documentaries that inspire and entertain, from Hollywood blockbusters and critically acclaimed classics to lesser-known independent films and, of course, the best of National Geographic. Working with National Geographic’s programming research group, Movie Voyager screens films that reflect the essence of a cultural or historical event, or evoke a strong sense of the place in which a film is set. For their convenience, users will be able to search CafeDVD’s database of thousands of films to add additional titles to their order.
“National Geographic Movie Voyager offers the types of movies we hope will leave viewers with something of value —- be it a new vision of the world around them, fascinating insights into historic moments or a fresh and entertaining appreciation of a new culture,” said William Weil, senior vice president of marketing and business development for National Geographic Television & Film (NGT&F).
“Our goal is to provide a service to individuals and families who want to watch great films of adventure and exploration together, and films that impart geographic or historic context — often lacking in a traditional write-up on a film — that can give new reason to view an old film and/or make the viewing experience more enjoyable,” Weil added.
Movie Voyager has also partnered with National Geographic Traveler magazine. Tapping into the editorial expertise at Traveler, the Movie Voyager service will include specific title recommendations from Traveler magazine editors, highlighting great destinations in film. The movie recommendations also will be featured in the magazine each month.
Movie Voyager offers a wide variety of memberships designed to meet the specific rental needs of its customers. Users can opt for the no-commitment pay-per-rental plan, featuring no subscription charge and a seven-day rental period, or choose from a variety of monthly memberships, ranging from $12.99 for two rentals at a time per month, $18.99 for three-at-a-time unlimited rentals and $23.99 for four-at-a-time unlimited rentals. Shipping is free for monthly subscribers, and users never incur late fees. Customers who choose the pay-per-rental plan have the opportunity to earn National Geographic Movie Voyager Frequent Renter Points, which they can use to qualify for free movie rentals. First-time members of the three- and four-rental plan will receive a free video, “30 Years of National Geographic Specials” after one month’s paid membership.
For a limited time Movie Voyager is offering a two-week trial offer, where consumers can participate in the three-DVD rental program for free.
Proceeds from the new DVD rental service will help further National Geographic’s mission to increase and diffuse geographic knowledge while promoting the conservation of the world’s cultural, historical and natural resources.
CafeDVD.com is National Geographic’s partner in the service, hosting the site and fulfilling orders. Founded in 1999, CafeDVD.com offers a selection of the best independent, art house, foreign and mainstream films available on DVD. For more information about CafeDVD.com’s online DVD rental service, visit www.cafedvd.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
About National Geographic Television & Film
Building on its global reputation for remarkable visuals and compelling stories, NGT&F augments its award-winning documentary productions (126 Emmy Awards and more than 800 other industry awards) with feature films, large-format films, kids’ programming and long-form television drama programming. Worldwide, National Geographic’s television programming can be seen on the National Geographic Channel and PBS, home video and DVD, and through international broadcast syndication. The National Geographic Channel is received by more than 230 million households in 27 languages in 151 countries, including the United States. For more information about NGT&F, log on to nationalgeographic.com, AOL Keyword: NatGeo.