Grande Communications Launches Interactive Services on Liberate TV Platform Software for Basic Digital Set-Tops

Partnership Marks First Availability of Liberate-Based Interactive Television

Services in Texas



Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from Liberate Technologies

    AUSTIN, Texas and SAN CARLOS, Calif., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Grande
 Communications and Liberate Technologies (Nasdaq:   LBRT) announced today that
 the Liberate(R) TV Platform(TM) software will be used to deliver interactive
 services to Grande Communications' subscribers throughout the Central Texas
 corridor.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19990630/LIBERATE )
     "We are committed to bringing new choices and unparalleled service to our
 customers," said Grande vice chairman and CEO William E. Morrow.  "Liberate's
 platform will enable us to honor that commitment by being the first company to
 offer this level of interactive entertainment in Texas."
     Grande is building a state-of-the-art broadband network that will provide
 bundled high-speed Internet access, local and long distance telephone and
 cable television entertainment services to residents and small businesses in
 the Austin, San Antonio and Houston metro areas.  To date, Grande has
 franchises in more than 25 Texas cities that will allow them to deliver
 bundled services to approximately 1.6 million homes.
     "Grande and Liberate are focused on changing the way people view their
 televisions," said Coleman Sisson, president and COO, Liberate Technologies.
 "We're thrilled to be part of the interactive revolution and look forward to
 enhancing Grande customers' entertainment experience."
     Liberate Professional Services was able to have the Liberate software up
 and running on Grande servers less than a week after the agreement between the
 companies had been signed.  This is largely due to Liberate's extensive
 integration of its software with partner technologies before they reach the
 network operator, and the robustness and simplicity of the Liberate TV
 Platform Compact software.
     Grande is using the Liberate TV Platform Compact software for basic
 digital set-top boxes in conjunction with the Motorola DCT2000 device.
 Grande's selection of the Liberate software is based on Liberate's proven
 success with network operators in the U.S. and Europe.  Initially, Grande
 subscribers will have access to Source Media's interactive TV applications,
 which include the SourceGuide(TM) interactive program guide and the
 LocalSource(TM) interactive information and entertainment programming service.
 Additional interactive services, including Video-On-Demand and TV-based
 e-mail, will be available later in 2001.
     Liberate TV Platform Compact software supports a full range of
 applications and services, such as electronic program guides, Video-On-Demand,
 local content, interactive games, and TV-based e-mail.  Liberate's open
 architecture further ensures the flexibility required by network operators to
 efficiently and simply add new services and content to their interactive
 offerings as this market continues to evolve.  The Liberate TV Platform
 Compact software consists of the Liberate TV Navigator(TM) Compact client
 software and Liberate Connect(TM) server software.
 
     About Grande Communications
     Grande Communications, www.grandecom.com, which set a Texas initial equity
 fund-raising record of $233 million in February 2000, is building a ground-up
 deep fiber broadband network to homes and businesses.  The employee-owned
 company will deliver high-speed Internet access, local and long distance
 telephone and cable television entertainment services over its own advanced
 broadband network to communities in Texas.  Grande's service area will include
 the Houston metro area, the Austin metro area, San Marcos, New Braunfels and
 San Antonio.
     Grande's wholesale service division serves the integrated communications
 needs of other service providers and carriers by providing the underlying
 network products, services and professional support staff for carriers, ISPs,
 CLECs, VoIP providers, ESPs and ASPs through Grande's ATM, voice and data
 switching platforms and SONET/fiber networks.
 
     About Liberate Technologies
     Liberate Technologies is the leading provider of a complete software
 platform for delivering Internet-enhanced content and applications to
 information appliances, such as television set-top boxes and game consoles.
 Liberate's Internet-based client and server software allows network operators
 to provide consumers access to network operator-branded applications and
 services.  Headquartered in San Carlos, California, the company has sales
 offices in the U.S., Canada, Japan and the U.K.
     NOTE:  Liberate and the Liberate design are registered trademarks of
 Liberate Technologies.  Other product names used in association with these
 registered trademarks, including Liberate TV Platform, Liberate TV Navigator,
 and Liberate Connect, are trademarks of Liberate.
     SourceSuite is a joint venture between Insight Communications and
 SourceMedia.
     Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
 of 1995:  Information in this release that involves the companies'
 expectations, beliefs, hopes, plans, intentions or strategies regarding the
 future are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties.
 All forward-looking statements included in this release are based upon
 information available to the companies as of the date of the release, and the
 companies assume no obligation to update them.  These statements are not
 guarantees of future performance, and actual results could differ materially
 from the companies' current expectations.  Liberate's filings with the
 Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) (including its Form 10Q filed on
 January 12, 2001) discuss factors that could contribute to such differences
 and describe other risks of Liberate's business.
 
     CONTACT:  Anne Tiedt of TateAustin, 512-344-2015, or
 atiedt@tateaustin.com; or Rita Garza of Grande Communications, 512-878-5211,
 or rita.garza@grandecom.com; or Tom Neumayr of Liberate Technologies,
 650-701-4065, or tneumayr@liberate.com.
 
 

SOURCE Liberate Technologies
    AUSTIN, Texas and SAN CARLOS, Calif., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Grande
 Communications and Liberate Technologies (Nasdaq:   LBRT) announced today that
 the Liberate(R) TV Platform(TM) software will be used to deliver interactive
 services to Grande Communications' subscribers throughout the Central Texas
 corridor.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19990630/LIBERATE )
     "We are committed to bringing new choices and unparalleled service to our
 customers," said Grande vice chairman and CEO William E. Morrow.  "Liberate's
 platform will enable us to honor that commitment by being the first company to
 offer this level of interactive entertainment in Texas."
     Grande is building a state-of-the-art broadband network that will provide
 bundled high-speed Internet access, local and long distance telephone and
 cable television entertainment services to residents and small businesses in
 the Austin, San Antonio and Houston metro areas.  To date, Grande has
 franchises in more than 25 Texas cities that will allow them to deliver
 bundled services to approximately 1.6 million homes.
     "Grande and Liberate are focused on changing the way people view their
 televisions," said Coleman Sisson, president and COO, Liberate Technologies.
 "We're thrilled to be part of the interactive revolution and look forward to
 enhancing Grande customers' entertainment experience."
     Liberate Professional Services was able to have the Liberate software up
 and running on Grande servers less than a week after the agreement between the
 companies had been signed.  This is largely due to Liberate's extensive
 integration of its software with partner technologies before they reach the
 network operator, and the robustness and simplicity of the Liberate TV
 Platform Compact software.
     Grande is using the Liberate TV Platform Compact software for basic
 digital set-top boxes in conjunction with the Motorola DCT2000 device.
 Grande's selection of the Liberate software is based on Liberate's proven
 success with network operators in the U.S. and Europe.  Initially, Grande
 subscribers will have access to Source Media's interactive TV applications,
 which include the SourceGuide(TM) interactive program guide and the
 LocalSource(TM) interactive information and entertainment programming service.
 Additional interactive services, including Video-On-Demand and TV-based
 e-mail, will be available later in 2001.
     Liberate TV Platform Compact software supports a full range of
 applications and services, such as electronic program guides, Video-On-Demand,
 local content, interactive games, and TV-based e-mail.  Liberate's open
 architecture further ensures the flexibility required by network operators to
 efficiently and simply add new services and content to their interactive
 offerings as this market continues to evolve.  The Liberate TV Platform
 Compact software consists of the Liberate TV Navigator(TM) Compact client
 software and Liberate Connect(TM) server software.
 
     About Grande Communications
     Grande Communications, www.grandecom.com, which set a Texas initial equity
 fund-raising record of $233 million in February 2000, is building a ground-up
 deep fiber broadband network to homes and businesses.  The employee-owned
 company will deliver high-speed Internet access, local and long distance
 telephone and cable television entertainment services over its own advanced
 broadband network to communities in Texas.  Grande's service area will include
 the Houston metro area, the Austin metro area, San Marcos, New Braunfels and
 San Antonio.
     Grande's wholesale service division serves the integrated communications
 needs of other service providers and carriers by providing the underlying
 network products, services and professional support staff for carriers, ISPs,
 CLECs, VoIP providers, ESPs and ASPs through Grande's ATM, voice and data
 switching platforms and SONET/fiber networks.
 
     About Liberate Technologies
     Liberate Technologies is the leading provider of a complete software
 platform for delivering Internet-enhanced content and applications to
 information appliances, such as television set-top boxes and game consoles.
 Liberate's Internet-based client and server software allows network operators
 to provide consumers access to network operator-branded applications and
 services.  Headquartered in San Carlos, California, the company has sales
 offices in the U.S., Canada, Japan and the U.K.
     NOTE:  Liberate and the Liberate design are registered trademarks of
 Liberate Technologies.  Other product names used in association with these
 registered trademarks, including Liberate TV Platform, Liberate TV Navigator,
 and Liberate Connect, are trademarks of Liberate.
     SourceSuite is a joint venture between Insight Communications and
 SourceMedia.
     Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
 of 1995:  Information in this release that involves the companies'
 expectations, beliefs, hopes, plans, intentions or strategies regarding the
 future are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties.
 All forward-looking statements included in this release are based upon
 information available to the companies as of the date of the release, and the
 companies assume no obligation to update them.  These statements are not
 guarantees of future performance, and actual results could differ materially
 from the companies' current expectations.  Liberate's filings with the
 Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) (including its Form 10Q filed on
 January 12, 2001) discuss factors that could contribute to such differences
 and describe other risks of Liberate's business.
 
     CONTACT:  Anne Tiedt of TateAustin, 512-344-2015, or
 atiedt@tateaustin.com; or Rita Garza of Grande Communications, 512-878-5211,
 or rita.garza@grandecom.com; or Tom Neumayr of Liberate Technologies,
 650-701-4065, or tneumayr@liberate.com.
 
 SOURCE  Liberate Technologies