Germany Heralds in the Age of Enhanced TV in Europe

ProSiebenSat.1's N24 News Channel Leads European Broadcasters in Providing

Enhanced TV Over IP Networks; IP Planet's Syncast(TM) Platform Enables N24's

Interactive Initiative



Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from IP Planet

    LAS VEGAS, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- IP Planet and
 N24 announced today at NAB 2001 in Las Vegas (April 23 - 26, 2001) the
 upcoming launch of N24 Broadband in Germany.  In May 2001 the German media
 will experience a technological breakthrough: the German news channel N24
 (part of the ProSieben/Sat1 Group) will launch a revolutionary offering of
 synchronizing an interactive layer with high quality TV feeds.  This
 interactive version will be available through the broadband Internet version
 N24 Broadband, creating the first truly converged environment for interactive
 TV in Europe.  The ProSieben Group will also utilize the Syncast system to
 enable advertising companies to insert additional information into their
 commercials, allowing interested viewers to shop or respond online.  The
 platform will enable future expansion to DTV networks, once they become
 available in Germany.
     The N24 Broadband project is powered by the pioneering Syncast software
 platform.  Syncast is a comprehensive platform for the creation, editing and
 delivery of interactive broadcasting and enhanced television.  The platform
 enables broadcasters and content providers to integrate interactivity to their
 existing video content, providing a fascinating interactive user experience.
 Syncast-enabled broadcasters will benefit from new revenue streams for
 existing content and will reach new and highly targeted audiences.
     "We are proud to enable the ProSiebenSat.1 Group as an eTV pioneer.
 Working with the highly visionary and professional team of ProSiebenSat.1 and
 N24 enabled the birth of this revolutionary service and the implementation of
 the unique technology that we have developed," said Erez Gissin, CEO of IP
 Planet.
     ProSiebenSat.1 and IP Planet are now exploring ways to deploy other
 ventures and channels of ProSiebenSat.1, focusing on mass distribution and
 quick deployment over DTV platforms.
     If you are interested in further information about the N24broadband
 project and the Syncast platform, IP Planet is exhibiting at NAB in the NDS
 booth number S4119.
 
     About N24
     N24 first went on air on January 24, 2000. Today every second TV-household
 in Germany can receive the TV-Station either via satellite dish, cable or
 aerial. The news channel has become an important source of information and
 news in the German media landscape, covering all important areas of politics,
 economy and society in realtime.  Approximately 50 percent of the program
 consists of current news from the stock markets in Frankfurt, London and
 New York.  In addition N24 offers magazine programs, reports, documentaries as
 well as talkshows.  Every full hour N24 presents the latest news live.  N24
 has developed into a multichannel-platform offering news and current
 information about the world wide economy 24 hours a day.  N24 content can be
 received via a wide range of new media: from TV to Internet and WAP, enabling
 viewers and users to receive N24 content from where ever convenient.  The N24
 broadband-project is a further step along the line of developing N24's
 convergence-strategy using modern, up to date technology.  The N24 broadband-
 project is the first of its kind, offering interactive content in combination
 with high-quality TV-streaming on the internet.
 
     About IP Planet
     Established in January 1999, IP Planet Network Ltd. is a pioneering
 provider of cross-media solutions for interactive content creation and
 delivery.
     IP Planet maintains its headquarters, a development center and a Network
 Operations Center in Israel and European offices, Syncast GmbH, in Germany,
 and IP Planet B.V. in the Netherlands.  With offices in these international
 locations, IP Planet is well positioned to leverage Israel's high-tech human
 capital and the global broadband, digital TV and Internet markets.
 
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SOURCE IP Planet
    LAS VEGAS, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- IP Planet and
 N24 announced today at NAB 2001 in Las Vegas (April 23 - 26, 2001) the
 upcoming launch of N24 Broadband in Germany.  In May 2001 the German media
 will experience a technological breakthrough: the German news channel N24
 (part of the ProSieben/Sat1 Group) will launch a revolutionary offering of
 synchronizing an interactive layer with high quality TV feeds.  This
 interactive version will be available through the broadband Internet version
 N24 Broadband, creating the first truly converged environment for interactive
 TV in Europe.  The ProSieben Group will also utilize the Syncast system to
 enable advertising companies to insert additional information into their
 commercials, allowing interested viewers to shop or respond online.  The
 platform will enable future expansion to DTV networks, once they become
 available in Germany.
     The N24 Broadband project is powered by the pioneering Syncast software
 platform.  Syncast is a comprehensive platform for the creation, editing and
 delivery of interactive broadcasting and enhanced television.  The platform
 enables broadcasters and content providers to integrate interactivity to their
 existing video content, providing a fascinating interactive user experience.
 Syncast-enabled broadcasters will benefit from new revenue streams for
 existing content and will reach new and highly targeted audiences.
     "We are proud to enable the ProSiebenSat.1 Group as an eTV pioneer.
 Working with the highly visionary and professional team of ProSiebenSat.1 and
 N24 enabled the birth of this revolutionary service and the implementation of
 the unique technology that we have developed," said Erez Gissin, CEO of IP
 Planet.
     ProSiebenSat.1 and IP Planet are now exploring ways to deploy other
 ventures and channels of ProSiebenSat.1, focusing on mass distribution and
 quick deployment over DTV platforms.
     If you are interested in further information about the N24broadband
 project and the Syncast platform, IP Planet is exhibiting at NAB in the NDS
 booth number S4119.
 
     About N24
     N24 first went on air on January 24, 2000. Today every second TV-household
 in Germany can receive the TV-Station either via satellite dish, cable or
 aerial. The news channel has become an important source of information and
 news in the German media landscape, covering all important areas of politics,
 economy and society in realtime.  Approximately 50 percent of the program
 consists of current news from the stock markets in Frankfurt, London and
 New York.  In addition N24 offers magazine programs, reports, documentaries as
 well as talkshows.  Every full hour N24 presents the latest news live.  N24
 has developed into a multichannel-platform offering news and current
 information about the world wide economy 24 hours a day.  N24 content can be
 received via a wide range of new media: from TV to Internet and WAP, enabling
 viewers and users to receive N24 content from where ever convenient.  The N24
 broadband-project is a further step along the line of developing N24's
 convergence-strategy using modern, up to date technology.  The N24 broadband-
 project is the first of its kind, offering interactive content in combination
 with high-quality TV-streaming on the internet.
 
     About IP Planet
     Established in January 1999, IP Planet Network Ltd. is a pioneering
 provider of cross-media solutions for interactive content creation and
 delivery.
     IP Planet maintains its headquarters, a development center and a Network
 Operations Center in Israel and European offices, Syncast GmbH, in Germany,
 and IP Planet B.V. in the Netherlands.  With offices in these international
 locations, IP Planet is well positioned to leverage Israel's high-tech human
 capital and the global broadband, digital TV and Internet markets.
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X89318737
 
 SOURCE  IP Planet