ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT and Be Here Corporation Bring New Video Technology to Viewers

ET's Oscar Night Coverage Marks Premiere of Navigable Visual Content



Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT

    HOLLYWOOD, Calif., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT and
 Be Here Corporation have struck a one-year, multi-event venture to bring
 single-camera navigable video to broadcast television, specifically during its
 coverage of upcoming award shows.
     Under development since 1996, Be Here Corporation's single-camera
 Navigable Visual Content (NVC) technology -- which enables the recording,
 editing and streaming of live, 360 degree video -- debuted during
 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT's coverage at this year's 73rd Annual Academy Awards.
 One can pan, tilt and zoom into video images at will.  The result is a
 never-before-seen, virtual reality experience that simulates myriad bird's-eye
 views of any event location while studio technicians navigate the action via
 remote control.
     "When the world's #1 entertainment news show chose to cover the world's
 biggest entertainment event with our technology, we knew we were on to
 something," said Andrew Thau, CEO of Be Here Corporation.  "This technology
 revolutionizes the way we record, edit and watch television.  I expect to see
 other applications in sports, reality, news and game show programming very
 soon."
     "With Be Here's technology, we brought the glamour and excitement of Oscar
 night into ET viewers homes like never before," said Terry Wood, vice
 president of programming and development for Paramount Domestic Television.
 She added, "We liked what we saw and plan to use this cutting edge technology
 for ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT's 2001 Emmy Awards coverage."
     "We're always looking for innovative ways to cover events," said Linda
 Bell Blue, executive producer of ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT.  "Because this
 technology had yet to experience a commercial broadcast application, we were
 very anxious to witness its possibilities and ultimately thrilled with the
 final results during its world premiere on ET."
 
     Be Here is the leading global provider of software, products and services
 to create and deliver navigable visual content across multiple industries and
 applications.  Its patented imaging technology provides a seamless 360-degree
 video or photo image allowing television broadcasters and internet content
 producers to give viewers a dramatic 'Be Here' experience for live or recorded
 programming.  Be Here's products bring new, powerful perspectives to viewing
 audiences in the sports and entertainment markets.
     Be Here technology has also been adopted outside of the entertainment
 field, by companies such as Philips, for application in areas such as security
 surveillance, which benefit from the unprecedented visual capabilities of
 Be Here's technology.  The company was founded in 1996 in Cupertino, CA, the
 current site of its technology development center.  Corporate headquarters are
 in Los Angeles, CA.  Investors in the company include Intel, Kodak, Philips,
 Enterprise Partners and Wasserstein Adelson Ventures.  For more information,
 visit www.Behere.com.
 
     Now in its 20th anniversary season, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT is the
 #1 syndicated entertainment news magazine in the country, reaching 10 million
 domestic viewers nightly and broadcasting in more than 70 countries overseas
 on the continents of Europe, Asia and Latin America.
     Produced and distributed by Paramount Domestic Television ENTERTAINMENT
 TONIGHT is taped in Hollywood, CA.  Bureaus are located in New York, Chicago,
 Washington D.C., London and Tokyo.  Linda Bell Blue is executive producer.
 Mary Hart is anchor; Bob Goen is anchor.  Julie Moran is primary substitute
 anchor/weekend anchor/senior correspondent.  Jann Carl is weekend anchor.
 Mark Steines is a weekend anchor.  Leonard Maltin is film
 historian/correspondent.  The Paramount Television Group is part of the
 entertainment operations of Viacom, Inc.
 
     For further information, please contact: Anna Fuson for ENTERTAINMENT
 TONIGHT, 323-956-4953, Anna_Fuson@Paramount.com; or Todd Beck of Beck Media &
 Marketing, 310-689-7363, todd@beckmedia.net.
 
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    HOLLYWOOD, Calif., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT and
 Be Here Corporation have struck a one-year, multi-event venture to bring
 single-camera navigable video to broadcast television, specifically during its
 coverage of upcoming award shows.
     Under development since 1996, Be Here Corporation's single-camera
 Navigable Visual Content (NVC) technology -- which enables the recording,
 editing and streaming of live, 360 degree video -- debuted during
 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT's coverage at this year's 73rd Annual Academy Awards.
 One can pan, tilt and zoom into video images at will.  The result is a
 never-before-seen, virtual reality experience that simulates myriad bird's-eye
 views of any event location while studio technicians navigate the action via
 remote control.
     "When the world's #1 entertainment news show chose to cover the world's
 biggest entertainment event with our technology, we knew we were on to
 something," said Andrew Thau, CEO of Be Here Corporation.  "This technology
 revolutionizes the way we record, edit and watch television.  I expect to see
 other applications in sports, reality, news and game show programming very
 soon."
     "With Be Here's technology, we brought the glamour and excitement of Oscar
 night into ET viewers homes like never before," said Terry Wood, vice
 president of programming and development for Paramount Domestic Television.
 She added, "We liked what we saw and plan to use this cutting edge technology
 for ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT's 2001 Emmy Awards coverage."
     "We're always looking for innovative ways to cover events," said Linda
 Bell Blue, executive producer of ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT.  "Because this
 technology had yet to experience a commercial broadcast application, we were
 very anxious to witness its possibilities and ultimately thrilled with the
 final results during its world premiere on ET."
 
     Be Here is the leading global provider of software, products and services
 to create and deliver navigable visual content across multiple industries and
 applications.  Its patented imaging technology provides a seamless 360-degree
 video or photo image allowing television broadcasters and internet content
 producers to give viewers a dramatic 'Be Here' experience for live or recorded
 programming.  Be Here's products bring new, powerful perspectives to viewing
 audiences in the sports and entertainment markets.
     Be Here technology has also been adopted outside of the entertainment
 field, by companies such as Philips, for application in areas such as security
 surveillance, which benefit from the unprecedented visual capabilities of
 Be Here's technology.  The company was founded in 1996 in Cupertino, CA, the
 current site of its technology development center.  Corporate headquarters are
 in Los Angeles, CA.  Investors in the company include Intel, Kodak, Philips,
 Enterprise Partners and Wasserstein Adelson Ventures.  For more information,
 visit www.Behere.com.
 
     Now in its 20th anniversary season, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT is the
 #1 syndicated entertainment news magazine in the country, reaching 10 million
 domestic viewers nightly and broadcasting in more than 70 countries overseas
 on the continents of Europe, Asia and Latin America.
     Produced and distributed by Paramount Domestic Television ENTERTAINMENT
 TONIGHT is taped in Hollywood, CA.  Bureaus are located in New York, Chicago,
 Washington D.C., London and Tokyo.  Linda Bell Blue is executive producer.
 Mary Hart is anchor; Bob Goen is anchor.  Julie Moran is primary substitute
 anchor/weekend anchor/senior correspondent.  Jann Carl is weekend anchor.
 Mark Steines is a weekend anchor.  Leonard Maltin is film
 historian/correspondent.  The Paramount Television Group is part of the
 entertainment operations of Viacom, Inc.
 
     For further information, please contact: Anna Fuson for ENTERTAINMENT
 TONIGHT, 323-956-4953, Anna_Fuson@Paramount.com; or Todd Beck of Beck Media &
 Marketing, 310-689-7363, todd@beckmedia.net.
 
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