Universal Pictures bring you a new ‘Cool Night In’ online experience

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Get ready for the first ever-downloadable interactive entertainment channel due to hit our computer screens on 22nd January 2004. Universal Pictures are launching ‘Cool Night In’, a completely new and exciting initiative that will give you exclusive access to the latest movie trailers, music, games, competitions and the hottest Hollywood gossip.

Surf the Cool Room with Miss Cool, who will help you to explore the freshly designed room and all of its modern applications. Miss Cool will guide you around the room allowing you to interact with all of the latest media players. These include an Mpeg movie clip player, flash games player and Mp3 player. These will allow you to use the TV to view clips, listen to your favourite tracks on the stereo and play a multitude of new games on the arcade machine. In addition to these, there will be exclusive online news, competitions, screensavers and wallpapers. Over time, users will develop a collection of film material all housed in a unique DVD rack that will show all the media available for specific movie titles available through the other players. New music, trailers, sneak peak clips, games, screensavers and gossip will be delivered to users on an on going basis by streaming the content to your computer but in an unobtrusive manner by appearing in the Cool Room.

The Cool Room’s interface is a colourful 3D space that allows you to completely redesign the interior, by rearranging furniture, adding to and re-colouring in completely your own style. Miss Cool will help you choose the latest designs and applications which can be instantly transformed. The Cool Room application relies on the fact that new media and supporting graphics files are downloaded into a directory on the users machine. Bandwidth friendly technology downloads these assets ensuring that your Internet connection is always fluid.

Universal Pictures have already secured deals with key third-party companies who will feature their latest products in the Cool Room, ranging from the latest technology to funky furniture. These targeted third parties can “buy” time to have an accurate 3D representation of their product, a poster on the wall or another portrayal in the Cool Room. These ever changing third parties simply add an additional dimension to everything else offered in the Cool Room.

Download this pioneering entertainment channel by logging on to www.universalpictures.co.uk and experience a ‘Cool Night In’ with the latest in home entertainment. It will be yours to create from 22nd January 2004.

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