Akoo International Awarded Patent in Japan for Enabling Smartphone Control of TV and VOD

Company has secured patents for its interactive technology in the world's three largest advertising markets

CHICAGO--Akoo International Inc., a media and technology innovator, today announced that it has been awarded patent number 4892481 by the Japan Patent Office. The patent was granted for the Company's interactive technology, which enables smartphone and tablet users to search and select on-demand television and video content via mobile app or text messaging.


To date, Akoo has been awarded patents for its technology in eight major global markets, including the world's three largest advertising markets, the U.S., China, and Japan.

"Akoo's technology delivers unrivaled consumer engagement and marketing effectiveness for advertisers across our national television network, Akoo TV, as certified by third-party global research firms, including Nielsen," said Niko Drakoulis, Akoo International CEO. "As a result, Akoo continues to build competitive barriers and position itself for future international expansion."

Akoo TV provides entertainment programming across 166 premier shopping malls in 60 top U.S. markets. The network's programming is featured throughout the most highly trafficked seating areas in each mall - branded the "Akoo Pavilions" - which attract more than 64 million shoppers each month. Viewers in Akoo Pavilions spend an average 20 minutes per visit seated in front of the network's programming and advertising, Nielsen research certifies.

Akoo TV uniquely enables viewers to make on-demand content requests with their mobile devices, via free mobile app or text messaging. Viewers in Akoo Pavilions can also connect with friends via Facebook and Twitter, download mobile coupons, and participate in exclusive promotions. An on-demand transaction occurs on the network every four seconds.

About Akoo International Inc.

Akoo International Inc. is a global media and technology innovator. The Company's flagship U.S. television network, Akoo TV, is the largest Nielsen-measured television network outside of the home.

Akoo TV integrates television, mobile, social, and local to deliver the most magnetic and rewarding consumer entertainment experiences across 166 premier shopping malls in 60 top markets. The network's interactive programming is featured throughout the most highly trafficked food court seating environments in each mall - branded "Akoo Pavilions" - which attract more than 64 million shoppers each month.

To maximize consumer engagement, Akoo TV enables viewers to make on-demand content requests, connect with friends via Facebook and Twitter, download mobile coupons, and participate in exclusive promotions via free mobile app and text messaging. As a result, Akoo TV drives unrivaled marketing effectiveness and ROI for the world's leading advertisers.

In recognition of its innovative technology, Akoo International has been awarded patents in major global markets, including the U.S., China, and Japan.

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