Broadstream Communications and Music Choice Announce IPTV Partnership

Broadstream Adds 40 Digital Music Channels Programmed by Music Choice Through

New Distribution Pact

May 16, 2005, 01:00 ET from Broadstream Communications

    BELLEVUE, Wash., May 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Broadstream Communications, Inc.
 ("Broadstream"), the industry leader in outsourced IP video head-end and
 content distribution and management services, and Music Choice ("Music
 Choice"), the premier music network, today announce the launch of Music
 Choice's digital music channels on one of the industry's most comprehensive IP
 content distribution platforms.
     Under the terms of the agreement, Broadstream's IPTVConnect(TM) service
 offering will include the following 40 digital music channels programmed by
 Music Choice:
     * Music Choice Showcase             * Music Choice Party Favorites
     * Music Choice Today's Country      * Music Choice '90's
     * Music Choice Classic Country      * Music Choice '80's
     * Music Choice Bluegrass            * Music Choice '70's
     * Music Choice R&B and Hip Hop      * Music Choice Solid Gold Oldies
     * Music Choice Classic R&B          * Music Choice Singers & Standards
     * Music Choice Smooth R&B           * Music Choice Big Band Swing
     * Music Choice R&B Hits             * Music Choice Easy Listening
     * Music Choice Rap                  * Music Choice Smooth Jazz
     * Music Choice Metal                * Music Choice Jazz
     * Music Choice Rock                 * Music Choice Blues
     * Music Choice Arena Rock           * Music Choice Reggae
     * Music Choice Classic Rock         * Music Choice Soundscapes
     * Music Choice Alternative          * Music Choice Classic Masterpieces
     * Music Choice Retro-Active         * Music Choice Opera
     * Music Choice Electronica          * Music Choice Light Classical
     * Music Choice Dance                * Music Choice Show Tunes
     * Music Choice Adult Alternative    * Music Choice Contemporary Christian
     * Music Choice Soft Rock            * Music Choice Gospel
     * Music Choice Hit List             * Music Choice Radio Disney
     "Broadstream is dedicated to providing our customers with the widest
 variety of commercial-free, digital music, and we know that our new agreement
 with Music Choice is going to be a huge hit with our customer's IPTV
 subscribers," said Anthony Bontrager, President & CEO of Broadstream. "Whether
 you're a fan of contemporary Christian music, or you want to hear the latest
 hits in hip hop, Broadstream's IPTVConnect(TM) has 24-hour digital music
 channels that offer something for everyone."
     Broadstream's IPTV Connect(TM) transport network -- jointly developed by
 leading equipment manufacturers and service providers, is a first-of-its-kind
 platform that completely centralizes the aggregation, real-time digital
 encoding and IP encapsulation of programmer content, suitable for distribution
 via xDSL, fiber or other broadband networks.  Broadstream manages and
 maintains both the live programming streams and edge equipment installed at
 the service provider facility 24/7 from its Network Operations Center.  The
 Broadstream platform offers over 200 video and audio programs in full digital
 quality, through agreements with nearly every major broadcaster and programmer
 in the country.  In addition, the company's Bstream(TM) middleware platform
 offers a unique service management solution and interactive program guide that
 provides the necessary tools to deploy and manage a fully scalable, and
 cost-effective IPTV service offering.
     "We are pleased to be delivering unrivaled music programming to
 Broadstream's customers and their IPTV subscribers.  We are thrilled to be a
 part of their successful launch into this exciting market," said Rick Bergan,
 Vice President Distribution for Music Choice.  "This is an important milestone
 in our continued expansion into new vertical markets."
     Key Broadstream features and benefits include:
     * Full IP-multicast capability employing the latest advanced video codecs
     * Over 200 "all digital" video and audio programming channels
     * Local encoding platform for local affiliate stations and regional sports
     * Bstream(TM) 3.0 IPTV Middleware Platform
     * Fault tolerant network, monitored 24/7
     * Compatibility with existing access networks
     * Multiple set-top box integration
     About Music Choice
     Music Choice, the premier multi-platform music network, reaches consumers
 through digital cable and satellite television, broadband and cell phones.
 Renowned for its cutting-edge innovation in custom music offerings and music
 delivery, Music Choice programs a comprehensive selection of music channels,
 produces exclusive content, including in-studio performances, artist
 interviews and music shows, and distributes music videos and concerts that
 feature both established and up-and-coming recording artists. The Music
 Choice(R) televised music channels currently reach over 38 million households,
 and the exclusive concerts air in up to 44 million satellite and cable homes
 nationally. Headquartered in Horsham, PA, Music Choice is a partnership among
 subsidiaries of Microsoft Corporation, Motorola, Inc., Sony Corporation of
 America, EMI Music and several leading U.S. cable providers:  Adelphia Cable
 Communications, Comcast Cable Communications, Cox Communications and Time
 Warner Cable. Music Choice(R) is a registered trademark of Music Choice. Visit
 the Music Choice website at
     About Broadstream Communications, Inc.
     Broadstream Communications, Inc., is the leading provider of managed IPTV
 network services (IPTV Connect(TM)) and content management platforms
 (Bstream(TM)), that enable the unconstrained delivery of national television
 content to telecom service providers across the United States.  Broadstream
 operates the industry's first all digital (IP) virtual head-end network and
 service offering that enables service providers to create an efficient,
 cost-effective video service offering that breaks economic and performance
 barriers imposed by self-built head-end systems. With ubiquitous coverage of
 the entire continental United States from our satellites, Broadstream offers
 the most extensive IP Video network in the world, and is able to offer the
 most flexible and complete video solution in the industry.  Broadstream is
 headquartered in Bellevue, WA.  Additional information can be found at
      Jay Stark
      Broadstream Communications, Inc.
      Phone: 425-709-3800

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