Hannover House launches VODwiz for Roku

Michelle Clancy | 11-08-2013

Hannover House, a boutique book publisher that has evolved into a full-service media company with a dedicated Roku-enabled IPTV site, has launched a pay-per-view and video-on-demand (VOD) portal in beta known as VODwiz.

The website and IPTV channel are designed for consumers to stream thousands of independent films and major studio titles directly to connected televisions, computers and any Wi-Fi-enabled device (including cell phones, tablets and most e-readers).

The VODwiz beta site can be accessed through Roku-enabled set-top devices or through the Internet at www.VODwiz.com. The company said that over the next few weeks and months, titles will be added from more than a dozen studio labels, with a short-term goal of 2,000 or more titles for streaming.

"Long term, VODwiz wants to be a destination choice for any and all mainstream and independent programming available on a pay-per-view or video-on-demand basis," said Hannover House CEO Eric Parkinson and president Fred Shefte in a business update.

"Existing VOD sites, such as Netflix and iTunes, have a very limited selection of titles, often limited to major studio hits. The vision for VODwiz is to allow consumers to select whatever titles they want to watch, with transactional prices ranging from $0.99 to $2.99 for most programming, with premium pricing for special events and selected major studio titles."