Dec. 26, 2006 – SpellCasters Showcase, www.spellcasters.com, the premiere global VoD network serving the BB/mobile audience, announced plans today to stream coverage, beginning December 31st at 4PM EST and continuing uninterrupted through 12:15AM EST, of the Times Square New Year’s Eve Party and Ball Drop free to the global broadband audience; featuring live real-time video of the Times Square 2007 festivities provided by an eight-camera mixed feed with exclusive panoramic views of Times Square and the New Year’s Eve Ball from proprietary camera locations on rooftops and on the street. The scheduled entertainment includes: 6:00 p.m. lighting and raising of the New Year’s Eve Ball; 6:07 Pontiac Garage musical performance; 6:24 p.m. New Year Cheer; 8:33 p.m. USO Troupe of Metropolitan New York musical performance; 10:38 p.m. USO musical “Service Salute” to our armed forces; hourly practice countdowns at the top of each hour with fireworks, confetti and sound effects; 11:59 p.m. NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Special Guest will push the Waterford Crystal button that will signal the Ball lowering and the sixty second countdown to 2007. At midnight, the numerals 2007 will light up amidst a blizzard of colorful confetti and spectacular Zambelli fireworks to welcome the New Year.
This special broadcast will be accompanied, on December 28th at 3:00PM EST, by a 30 minute live behind-the-scenes broadcast of festivity preparations, including the arrival and installation of the “2007” sign at the top of One Times Square; the rigging of the 77-foot pole from which the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball descends; the assembly and testing of the crystal New Year’s Eve Ball; and other preparations.
SpellCasters Showcase will offer these programs totally free to the general public. “Who doesn’t want to attend the biggest New Year’s party in the world?” asked President and Executive Producer of SpellCasters, M. Hep Sylvanus. “We’re using the power of our platform to deliver the party to you in real time! Everyone’s invited!”
The SpellCasters platform is built on a Quality Tech (formerly Globix) backbone, with world-wide datacenters, giving them the capacity to stream the live signal globally. SpellCasters offers a variety of exclusive VoD third screen programming, from comedy to extreme sports, magic to fringe video, international indie film to lifestyle series.
“This free programming is just one more example of what sets us apart from the rest!” states the enthusiastic CEO, “As well as our VoD library of content, SpellCasters had exclusive free broadcasts of interviews with seven-time Supercross champ Jeremy McGrath, broadcast the Las Vegas Houdini Séance, and now we’ve partnered with The Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment to bring our audience the best New Year’s Party on the planet!”
Viewers can tune in to the festivities beginning December 28th at 3PM EST for the 30 minute behind-the-scenes program, and again on December 31st at 4PM EST for coverage of the entire event, by going to www.spellcasters.com on the Net.
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