May 11, 2010

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Starwood Hotels Selects Kontiki’s Enterprise Video Platform to Deliver Video to Employees Worldwide

Starwood Hotels Selects Kontiki’s Enterprise Video Platform to Deliver Video to Employees Worldwide

Kontiki helps kick off live video events for Starwood

Streaming Media East 2010, New York, NY — May 11, 2010 — Kontiki, the leading provider of enterprise video solutions, announced today that Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has selected Kontiki’s Enterprise Video Platform to deliver high-quality video content to employees’ desktops worldwide. Starwood is a leading global hotel and leisure company with 145,000 employees and a presence in nearly 100 countries.

Starwood and Kontiki kicked off the deployment with the successful completion of a live worldwide video event, broadcast from Mexico City. This event is part of Starwood’s live video broadcast series that features the company’s top management sharing business updates from hotels from around the world to targeted groups of employees. These events replace dial-in conference calls with live video pushed transparently to employee desktops. Employees who can’t attend the live event can also choose to watch the video on demand. These live video events support Starwood’s international expansion with an engaging communication channel that helps executives speak “in one voice” and align employees with corporate goals.

“Kontiki helped us address the challenge of communicating to our employees worldwide. Their unique SaaS solution alleviates network bandwidth constraints, increases the quality of our communications and, more importantly, allows our executives to get in front of employees ‘from wherever to wherever.’ We are excited to launch this new live video showcase program with Kontiki,” said Sandy Burgoyne, Vice President, Intranet Services & HR Technology, Starwood.

“Our SaaS enterprise video delivery product was able to help Starwood go live with their global video broadcast after just a few weeks of planning – for a fraction of the cost of alternative approaches. Starwood is an innovator in their field who recognizes the value of video in the enterprise and we look forward to helping them increase their exposure internationally,” said Eric Armstrong, President and CEO of Kontiki. “This announcement further demonstrates adoption and momentum for Kontiki’s Enterprise Video Platform that is already used every day by hundreds of thousands of global workers in many of the world’s largest companies.”

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1000 properties in nearly 100 countries and territories with 145,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, and the recently launched Aloft®, and Element SM. Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.