Akimbo (on-demand service)

Akimbo Was a video on demand system That allowed Subscribers to download television shows, movies, and other video to a set-top box on demand.

Before adopting the name Akimbo, the company also operated under a number of other names including StaticTV citation needed ] and Blue Falcon Networks . [1]


Based out of San Mateo California, the company employs about 80 people at its peak. It was founded by Steve Shannon , a form of executive ReplayTV , a TiVo competitor That Was To Become a unit of D & M Holdings , [2] and is now owned by DirecTV .


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The service was initially announced in February 2004, when Akimbo demonstrated its product at the 2004 Demo conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. [2]

It was launched in October 2004, [3] and signed on with Amazon as their official retailer. [4]

Initial reactions were mixed, with criticisms of high prices of unknown content being leveled at it, although the user interface was regarded as intuitive and responsive. [3] [5] [6]

From December 2004, AT & T Homezone began to offer some of Akimbo video content through its set top boxes, [7] a result of a partnership deal inspired by AT & T’s deep investments in the company. Citation needed ]

Akimbo has also released its new RCA Akimbo Player which was a set of boxes that offered up to 100 hours of recording on the Akimbo Video On Demand Service. [8]

On August 1, 2007, Akimbo finalized the dissemination of its Video on Demand service. Citation needed ]

On June 2, 2008, Akimbo went out of business. [9]


With the initial launch of the service, complaints were rampant regarding the cost of the set-top box (about $ 300), and then the added cost for users to purchase video content. Users would be able to buy or rent video content which would then be downloaded to their player for viewing. Akimbo would be happy to help you find the right accommodation for you. This resulted in erratic pricing and exorbitant costs for users, as well as 5-9 dollars for a 30-minute show, and load the show with commercials.

Akimbo also struggled with video quality, using Windows Media as the video type. Videos often were encoded in standard definition with the audio and video out of sync, audio cutting out part way through a video, and or pixelation and distortion to the video.

About a month after launching the Akimbo service, the company had about 120 active set-top boxes, about 60 of which were used by employees and / or investors. On average only about 20 of those 120 players downloaded any content during a month. At the time when the company began its first round of lay-offs, about a year and a half after the initial launch, the number of users had grown to only about 140.

Equipment and programming


Akimbo’s hard-drive-equipped set-top box connected to Akimbo’s TiVo -like guide.


The original content was a bit eccentric – Turkish-language shows, independent films, British dramas from Granada TV , a lot of skin flicks – 6ABC CNBC Cartoon Network & VH1 Uno were also among the offerings from its 200 content partners.

Channels which were available on Akimbo were:

  • 2FlyTV
  • 6abc
  • A & E
  • Action TV
  • Adult Swim
  • Adven TV
  • AmazeFilms
  • The Anime Network
  • Animusic
  • ArtsPass
  • AsiaMovieChannel.com
  • The Baby Channel
  • BBC
  • Best of California
  • Billiard Club Network
  • blip.tv
  • Cartoon Network
  • Clint Sharp’s Vlog
  • CNBC
  • DIY Network
  • DLT Entertainment
  • EarthTalk Today
  • Endorphin
  • FilmClix
  • Fine Living
  • FitnessOnDemandTV
  • Fletcher’s Place
  • Food Network
  • Freshwave.TV
  • GolfSpan
  • Granada TV
  • GreenCine
  • Guardian Studios
  • HGTV
  • high.tv
  • History Channel
  • How to Web TV
  • iFilm
  • Illusion
  • Inside China
  • IntoVid
  • latelelatina
  • Letgo! Yoga
  • Luxury Channel
  • Moviebear
  • National Geographic
  • Oasis TV
  • Panorama
  • Re: Evolution of Sports
  • Rocketboom
  • sail.tv
  • SecurityTV
  • Skyworks
  • The Soundtrack Channel
  • Stage One
  • Stash TV
  • Steve Garfield’s Video Blog
  • Studio 4 Networks
  • Turner Classic Movies
  • Ultimate Combat
  • Underground Film
  • Union
  • Varsity TV
  • VegTV
  • VH1 Uno
  • Westpark Foundries
  • Wine TV
  • World Affairs Council
  • World Cinema Online


  1. Jump up^ Hayes, Duffy (1 April 2002). “Peering into the future of content delivery” . Communications, Engineering and Design Magazine. Archived from the original on 2011-06-09 . Retrieved 2009-08-12 .
  2. ^ Jump up to:b Hesseldahl, Arik (20 February 2004). “Video That’s Finally On-Demand” . Forbes . Retrieved 2009-08-12 .
  3. ^ Jump up to:b Hesseldahl, Arik (22 August 2005). “Akimbo: From Niches to Riches?” . Business Week . Archived from the original on 2005-12-21 . Retrieved 2009-08-12 .
  4. Jump up^ Olsen, Stefanie (25 October 2004). “Akimbo debuts video on demand on Amazon” . CNET News . Retrieved 2009-08-12 .
  5. Jump up^ Fordahl, Matthew (16 May 2005). “What’s on TV? You decide” . The Press-Enterprise . Retrieved 2009-08-12 .
  6. Jump up^ Baig, Edward C (4 May 2005). “On-demand Akimbo shows promised” . USA Today . Retrieved 2009-08-12 .
  7. Jump up^ Kim, Ryan (1 November 2006). “AT & T service to create the digital living room” . San Francisco Chronicle . Retrieved 2009-08-12 .
  8. Jump up^ Tew, Chris (27 September 2006). “Akimbo Internet video on-demand set top box” . PVR Wire . Retrieved 2009-08-12 .
  9. Jump up^ “Video-on-Demand Service Akimbo Shuts Down” . Anime News Network . 2 June 2008 . Retrieved 2009-08-12 .

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