Nike and Maven Networks Introduce JogaTV
April 17, 2006
Beaverton, OR (17 April, 2006) – NIKE, Inc., and Maven Networks today introduced JogaTV, a new Internet TV channel that gives soccer fans around the globe a front row seat to exclusive video featuring some of the game’s greatest players, as well as some of the world’s best untapped local heroes as they demonstrate Joga Bonito – or Play Beautiful – for everyone to enjoy.
JogaTV offers an insider view into the world of soccer via multiple video programs, all of which can be shared among friends. Video programming on JogaTV features international stars of the game including Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Thierry Henry, and Wayne Rooney demonstrating the values of beautiful soccer – Joy, Honor, Skill, Heart and Team. Soccer legend Eric Cantona stars in most of the videos as the disruptive advocate leading the rebellion against slow, controlling, boring soccer and the return of a beautiful, creative style of play.
Nike’s global Joga Bonito campaign is multi-faceted, encompassing: www.joga.com, the world’s largest soccer-specific social network; Joga3, a short-field 3-on-3 game that will allow more than 3 million kids around the world to bring Joga Bonito to life; a Joga Bonito series of commercials; and of course, JogaTV.
Maven Media System™ is the technology link between video programming from Nike and its growing social network of soccer fans. Based on patent-pending technology, Maven’s integrated video publishing and distribution platform provides unrivaled customer experiences across multiple devices for JogaTV.
Once the JogaTV internet TV channel is launched, the JogaTV icon lives on the soccer fan’s desktop for easy access. Each week, new content is delivered behind the scenes via the Maven Media System and automatically added to JogaTV. At this time a new program series is unlocked for users to explore. Nike will unlock a total of seventeen different programs, one each week between April and July.
In addition to each of Nike’s new Joga Bonito commercials, content on JogaTV includes:
original experiential videos featuring global soccer stars,
exclusive videos featuring soccer kids around the world demonstrating their skills,
U.S. National Team star Clint Dempsey and his “Don’t Tread” rap video,
viral videos featuring Brazilian greats Ronaldinho and Ronaldo,
a weekly blog titled This is American Soccer,
and a running clock counting down the days, hours, minutes and seconds to the U.S. National team’s first game in Germany this summer vs. the Czech Republic.
“Like all kids who love sport, soccer players and fans have a passion for their game that’s almost insatiable,” said Adam Roth, U.S. Advertising Director for Nike. “By launching this viral, online program, we tap into that spirit by delivering highly-coveted content while extending and demonstrating the message of Joga Bonito.”
Hilmi Ozguc, CEO of Maven Networks said “Maven’s technology allows Nike to directly reach its audiences with an interactive experience that genuinely demonstrates the future of Internet TV, and enables them to accurately target and measure their campaigns. True Internet TV channels are redefining how online content is distributed, and experienced.”
Maven Networks’ technology is the only broadband video platform that delivers a true Internet TV experience using full-screen, HD-quality video for PCs, Internet-connected TVs, video iPods, PSPs and other portable devices.
JogaTV is available through select soccer and youth-oriented websites including www.joga.com and nikesoccer.com.
About NIKE, Inc. NIKE, Inc. based near Beaverton, Oregon is the world's leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Wholly owned Nike subsidiaries include Converse Inc., which designs, markets and distributes athletic footwear, apparel and accessories; NIKE Bauer Hockey, Inc., a leading designer and distributor of hockey equipment; Cole Haan, a leading designer and marketer of luxury shoes, handbags, accessories and coats; Hurley International LLC, which designs, markets and distributes action sports and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories and Exeter Brands Group LLC, which designs and markets athletic footwear and apparel for the value retail channel.
About Maven Networks Maven Networks pioneered the commercial use of HD video delivered via the Internet to PCs, TVs and portable devices. Its product, Maven Media System™, is the critical technology link between video programming and building a loyal, revenue generating Internet TV viewership. Based on patent-pending technology, Maven's integrated video publishing and distribution platform provides unrivaled customer experiences across multiple devices for both download and streaming environments.
Maven has operations in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. Maven Media System is used by industry-leading organizations across the globe including 20th Century Fox, A&E Television Networks International, Atom Films, CJ Media, Disney Buena Vista Pictures, Hallmark Channel, National Geographic Channel, Pepsi, and Sony Pictures, to deliver compelling, interactive broadband video channel experiences using DVD and HD-quality video.