PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--OwnZones Media Network, the content curation platform that is changing how consumers find, access and enjoy premium, niche content, today announced it has closed $5.9 million in Series A financing. The funds will be used for marketing and further development of the platform – supporting features benefiting both publisher partners and end-users including continued form-factor optimization, enhanced discovery and expansion of the types of content offered.
To celebrate the milestone, OwnZones will be removing its paywall for more than 5 weeks to offer unrestricted and ad-free access to high-quality print, audio and video content in its rapidly-expanding library of special-interest media from premier partners including Reuters, Guardian UK, YogaSessions.TV, AFP and more. Consumers can take advantage of this opportunity from April 16 to May 22, 2014 by registering for the site with a username and password only – no credit card will be required. For current subscribers, all charges will be suspended during the promotional period.
“As we continue our rapid growth, the announced capital investment allows us to fine-tune our platform technology and build the most complete turn-key sales channel for premium partners to maximize the value of their content,” said Dan Goman, CEO of OwnZones. “The sheer quantity of media out there has resulted in discovery challenges for all but a fraction of publishers, it’s a lose-lose for both publishers and consumers that OwnZones is committed to resolving. By offering this promotional period, we are giving audiences the opportunity to experience the win-win of an ad-free, multi-media consumption experience from their preferred device.”
Since its launch in November 2013, OwnZones has rapidly signed on several of media’s top publishers, demonstrating strong industry demand for diversified paywall models. For consumers, the platform offers freedom of choice beyond traditional subscription models, typically offering one password, one credit card and one monthly payment to grant viewing across any browser-enabled device.
To start your OwnZones experience, please visit www.ownzones.com.
OwnZones (www.ownzones.com) is a unique content aggregation service that is changing how consumers find, access, collect and subscribe to premium niche content. OwnZones’ platform provides one place, free of advertising, where people looking for original content and publishers connect through high-quality print, audio and video media. OwnZones' partners include world renowned news agencies such as Reuters and The Guardian as well as niche providers like AeroCinema, RubberStampMadness and Shanti Arts. By providing unbundled access, OwnZones gives consumers the freedom to choose and curate their own personal collection of content that matters most to them and all for as little as $0.99 a month.