GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- AMI Entertainment Network Inc. announced this week that it has completed a test for its software-only migration of jukeboxes from the former Ecast network to its own network.
"We are on schedule to deliver on the promises we made to customers in March after the sudden demise of Ecast," said AMI vice-president of engineering Ron Richards. AMI expects to roll out the complete software package in early June.
Richards expressed satisfaction following the trial run. "From a standing start, what we’ve accomplished since March is astonishing," he said. "I feel great that we were able to deliver this solution to the industry."
AMI Entertainment became a secured creditor of Ecast soon after the digital jukebox company shut down its music network on March 1. After gaining access to certain Ecast assets, AMI was able to restore Internet services and licensed music to jukeboxes running on the network of the defunct company -- giving Ecast operators the opportunity to subscribe to the AMI service and thus preserve their existing hardware on location. | SEE STORY
At the same time, AMI said it would develop a full software solution to complete the transition from Ecast's network to its own, which will give Ecast operators access to all AMI content, online services and system support. AMI said it will notify subscribers to its jukebox music service before the software transition begins.
AMI did not reveal how many jukeboxes it expects to convert from its former competitor. At the time of the Ecast shutdown, there were an estimated 6,500 units connected to the Ecast network.