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Posted: Oct. 20, 2003 3:10 am/pm Quote

Disney Online Design Enhancements Bring to Life the Online Theme Park

Immersive Entertainment Web Destination Now Includes "Disney Motion" Broadband Technology for Fast Delivery of Video Storytelling


NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif.-- Oct. 20, 2003 -- Disney Online, part of the Walt Disney Internet Group (WDIG) and creator of the number 1 kids' entertainment and family community online destination (www.disney.com), today launched its newly designed homepage and navigational elements, bringing a 3-D look and feel to its online theme park concept. Included in the launch is a sneak peek at Disney Motion, a free application that airs exclusive editorial and entertainment content including clips of Disney's latest music, videos, movie releases and television shows. Disney Motion allows broadband users to view high-quality video, embedded in the homepage which automatically launches when a consumer visits the page.

In November, full interactivity and original character animation will be added to Disney Motion, at which point it will be made available to advertisers as an online medium for television-like commercials.

Disney Motion is an extension of DIG Motion, a proprietary and patent-pending technology that WDIG originally launched on ESPN.com in February. Since that time, ESPN Motion has been activated by more than 1.9 million ESPN.com visitors and the technology has been extended to ABC.com and Movies.com.

"When we launched our previous design over three years ago, we set out to redefine our online world to convey a sense of place," said Ken Goldstein, executive vice president and managing director, Disney Online. "With the 3-D approach we are introducing today, we have taken the next significant step in creating a unique suspension of disbelief that allows our guests to enter this very magical place we continue to build."

When a guest clicks on one of the nine homepage neighborhoods, they are transported on a "zoom-in" 3-D ride through the doorway of their destination. The distinctive neighborhoods are viewed in perspective, as part of one inviting theme park spread out under a sunny blue sky and the famous Disney monorail.

One new neighborhood has been added: Inside Disney, an area of editorial content geared for adults which includes Disney Archives, the Walt Disney Family Museum and corporate information on The Walt Disney Company. Guests will also enjoy animated surprises that emerge from the new homepage pre-roll segments that often carry over into integrated elements of the neighborhoods and their surroundings. All of the existing neighborhoods have been redrawn to allow a full sense of exploration.

Disney Motion

After a one-time activation process, the Disney Motion application automatically launches full-motion video clips, typically lasting one to three minutes, when a consumer visits the Disney homepage. In an all new expansion of the underlying DIG Motion technology, the Disney Motion window can be expanded to near full-screen size to provide an even richer guest experience. Video is pre-downloaded directly to guests' computers so there is no buffering, streaming or waiting. Because the video is embedded directly in web pages, a secondary video window or media player window is not required. For advertisers, it offers an effective online ad vehicle with the same video and audio quality of broadcast television, which does not require development of Internet-specific advertising assets.

Disney Motion is available at no cost to PC users with a broadband connection and does not impact narrowband users' experience. Motion video clips, created using Macromedia Flash MX, will be pushed several times a week directly to the user's computer and will play automatically when logging on to Disney.com.

About Disney Online

Disney Online (www.disney.com) produces the number one kids' entertainment and family community destinations on the Internet that consistently reflects the magic that has come to be expected of Disney. Its "neighborhoods", specifically designed for each member of the family, include Disney's Blast (www.disneyblast.com) and Disney's Toontown Online (www.Toontown.com), both premium subscription services, as well as Disney Store, Destinations, Playhouse Disney, Kids Island, Entertainment, FamilyFun and Inside Disney.

Disney Online also produces FamilyFun.com (www.familyfun.com), the premier online family resource for great ideas, practical advice and fun stuff to do, and Movies.com (www.movies.com), a leading site that provides a broad array of reviews and information to help movie fans make the right choice on movie night. Disney Online is a part of The Walt Disney Internet Group, which provides integrated strategic and operational Internet services for The Walt Disney Company's (NYSE:DIS - News) Internet initiatives.
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Posted: Oct. 20, 2003 3:24 am/pm Quote

Disney is proud to present our newest online entertainment technology - Disney Motion!

This is just a preview of the full-scale Disney Motion that will be coming your way in a few months.

After you download the Disney Motion application, you'll start receiving instant, crystal-clear video on the Disney home page.

System Requirements

Disney Motion is recomended only for Guests with a Broadband Connection (Cable Modem, DSL, or other high-speed connection).

About Motion

Welcome to Disney Motion, the newest feature on Disney.com for broadband Internet users!

Disney Motion so far is just previewing the full-scale Disney Motion that will be coming your way in a few months, but we thought you'd enjoy a chance to try out this cool new content.

Disney Motion will let you view TV-quality video every day without any buffering. It's instant... and it's totally free.

After completing the brief one-time download, which may take a minute or so, you'll receive programming on the Disney.com home page featuring upcoming Disney movies, behind-the-scenes footage, bloopers, Disney Motion-only scenes from your favorite shows, sneak peeks of new shows, polls, fun trivia, jokes, Disney Motion-exclusive special events, and other exciting content.

It's your chance to get more cool Disney footage! So what are you waiting for? Click here to download Disney Motion now!

Please note that it may take several minutes to several hours before you receive your first Disney Motion program.

Questions
  • Q: What is Disney Motion and why do you recommend that I download it?

    A: Disney Motion is the newest feature on Disney.com for broadband Internet users. It will let you view TV-quality video every day without any buffering. It's instant and it's totally free.

    After completing the brief one-time download, which may take a minute or so, you'll receive programming on the Disney.com home page featuring trailers of upcoming Disney movies, behind-the-scenes footage, bloopers, Disney Motion-only scenes from your favorite movies and TV shows, sneak peeks of new movies and TV shows, and other exciting content. It's your chance to get more cool Disney footage! So what are you waiting for? Click here to download Disney Motion now!

  • Q: I just installed Disney Motion. Why am I seeing only one "welcome" video?

    A: Disney Motion works by automatically and transparently  downloading high-quality video files to your computer as soon as new video is available. When you first install Disney Motion, you will not have any video files on your machine yet. It may take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours for your first videos to arrive. Check back in a little bit and you should have a new video available for viewing. Look for the red D-Ball logo on the right side of your Windows taskbar (your "system tray") ... when you see this icon, that means new video is available for viewing. To view the video, either double-click the D-Ball icon or just head directly to the Disney.com home page and it will start playing automatically.

  • Q: I just installed Disney Motion. Why does the Disney.com home page keep telling me to download Disney Motion again?

    A: It's possible that you downloaded the Disney Motion installer program itself rather than having installed Disney Motion directly. First, check to see if you have downloaded a file called disneymotionsetup.exe. The icon will be an installer package logo. If you have, double-click on the file and follow the installation steps. If you can't find a file on your computer by that name, try walking through the download process again, and make sure you click "Open" or "Run from this location" in the dialogue boxes. When you return to the Disney.com home page after either of these steps, you should see a "Welcome" video or a message saying that videos are coming soon (see the previous answer for why this happens).

  • Q: What are the minimum system requirements to run Disney Motion?

    A: To run Disney Motion, you must meet the following requirements:
    a. A PC running Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000, or Windows XP
    b. Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 or greater
    c. Macromedia Flash 6 plug-in or greater
    d. A high-speed connection
    e. Javascript, ActiveX, and cookies enabled

    Disney Motion is not currently supported by the Macintosh operating system and only plays on Internet Explorer 5 or greater on a PC.

  • Q: When I try to install Disney Motion, my computer tells me I don't have enough rights to install it. What sort of rights do I need and how do I get them?

    A: When you're in a networked environment, your network administrator may only give you certain rights to your own machine. For instance, you will not be able to make modifications to your system software or add third-party plug-ins and other programs to your browser which may increase the functionality (but potentially decrease the safety) of your machine. In order to install Disney Motion, you need to have "admin" rights to your machine. Usually, this just involves calling your network administrator and informing him/her what you'd like to do. At that point, he/she can either a) log in and perform the installation for you, b) give you admin rights, or c) give you temporary admin rights just for this installation.

  • Q: Is it really streaming as I am watching it? Why doesn't it need buffering? How does Disney Motion really work, anyhow?

    A: Disney Motion is revolutionary in that it provides users with crystal-clear instant-on video right inside the Disney.com home page. This is made possible by the fact that we aren't really "streaming" any video to you at all. Every time new Disney Motion video is published out to our servers, the Disney Motion component on your computer will automatically go out and fetch the newest video and store it in a temporary location on your hard drive ... this all happens in the background and you shouldn't even notice anything going on. When a new video has been downloaded and is ready to view, you should see a D-Ball logo on the right side of your Windows taskbar (your "system tray"). Either click on this icon or just visit the Disney.com home page and your Disney Motion video will start playing automatically. Disney Motion always keeps the most recently downloaded videos on your machine so you may view them any time and as frequently as you want. As new videos come in, your old ones will be automatically deleted.

  • Q: How long would it take me to download Disney Motion and how much RAM does it use when it's running?

    A: Over a high-speed internet connection, the Disney Motion installer approximately takes about a minute or so to download. As for memory usage, Disney Motion takes up only about 7 megabytes of your computer's RAM.

  • Q: I am seeing video but not hearing any sound. What could be the problem and how can I fix it?

    A: Check to make sure your speakers are turned on and that your volume is turned up.

  • Q: Will you be offering a Mac or otherwise non-IE/PC version of Disney Motion?

    A: Most definitely. A Mac OS X version is in the works right now and should be ready in the near future. Other versions for other browsers and operating systems may follow after that.

  • Q: How many times are new Disney Motion videos published? How can I find out the instant a new video is available?

    A: Disney Motion videos are usually published twice a week. When a new video has been downloaded and is ready to view, you should see the D-Ball logo on the right side of your Windows taskbar (your "system tray"). Either click on this icon or just visit the Disney.com home page and your Disney Motion video will start playing automatically.

  • Q: If I install Disney Motion, will the installer put any spyware or otherwise hidden applications on my system?

    A: Absolutely not. Disney has no interest in collecting any information about you without your consent. For more information, please visit our Privacy Policy. We don't install any advertising modules or "spyware" that can track your Web-surfing habits or anything else you might not know about. By installing or using Disney Motion, all you get is Disney Motion ... nothing else. If you feel you may have spyware from another company installed on your machine, please run an anti-spyware/adware program to find out for yourself.

  • Q: If I have ABC Motion, ESPN Motion, or Movies.com Motion, do I still need to download Disney.com Motion?

    A: Yes, you will still need to download Disney Motion to see Motion content on the Disney.com home page.

  • Q: How can I uninstall Disney Motion?

    A: If you'd like to completely uninstall Disney Motion, go to your Start menu and select 'Settings > Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs'. From there you can remove Disney Motion just as you would any other Windows application.
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Posted: Oct. 24, 2003 3:51 am/pm Quote

The first Disney Motion video was just released (other than the short introductory one featuring Mushu).

It downloaded itself to my computer tonight and I noticed the D icon on the Taskbar. When I clicked on it my browser opened up at disney.com and the video started playing.

Note that there is a button on the lower right of the Disney Motion screen that makes it much bigger. It would be nice to be able to hide the stop/pause/sound off button when in this larger mode.

The video started off with Michael Eisner introducing himself and the new Disney Motion technology to disney.com. I didn't see any video artifacts, however when watching his lips as he talked the video didn't seem to be at 30 frames per second like television is. So it is a nice improvement over other internet videos, but they still have more work to do. In the Brother Bear trailer I did see some video artifacts sometimes.

After Eisner's short introduction, a trailer for Brother Bear appeared, then a commercial for Disney's Toontown Online role-playing game, then more about Brother Bear.


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Posted: Oct. 24, 2003 9:37 am/pm Quote

Yep, I saw that one yesterday :)

You should get another one in the next day.  This too will be on Brother Bear.  I almost thought it was the same thing, but this one was more about Phil Collins.

I think this was a great idea....Kudo's to the Imagineers!


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Posted: Oct. 24, 2003 9:42 am/pm Quote

Oh, this one had a lot of Phil Collins in it as well as Brother Bear. Maybe I didn't get the first one and I only got the second one - - although on the one that I did get Eisner welcomed me to the new technology, which makes me think perhaps it was the first one.

Nice of him to take time away from his schedule to welcome me, don'tcha think?
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Posted: Oct. 24, 2003 9:46 am/pm Quote

Quote (RichKoster @ Oct. 24, 2003 9:42 am/pm)
Oh, this one had a lot of Phil Collins in it as well as Brother Bear. Maybe I didn't get the first one and I only got the second one - - although on the one that I did get Eisner welcomed me to the new technology, which makes me think perhaps it was the first one.

Nice of him to take time away from his schedule to welcome me, don'tcha think?
:eyebrow:

Absolutely!!

I saw the Michael Eisner in the beginning as well.  I think it was a little different than the one I received yesterday.


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