IBM and The Fantastic Corporation Form Global Strategic Alliance To Enhance Rich-Media Broadband Solutions

Companies to Display Joint Broadband Initiatives at NAB 2001 - Las Vegas



Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from The Fantastic Corporation

    LAS VEGAS, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- NAB 2001 -- IBM and The Fantastic
 Corporation (Neuer Markt Frankfurt, stock exchange - FAN) today announced a
 global strategic alliance to give providers and users of broadband services,
 seamless, easy-to-use, digital content management and distribution
 capabilities.
     Combining IBM's digital media solutions with Fantastic's broadband content
 delivery systems, the resulting offerings will deliver broadband capabilities
 that enhance end-user's interactive, multi-media experiences.
     The alliance agreement, one of IBM's first in the digital media and
 entertainment industry - expands a European initiative the two announced in
 December of 2000. Under the terms of this new agreement, the partners will
 jointly market their integrated digital media solution, including Fantastic's
 Channel Management Center(TM) and Channel Editorial Center(TM) applications
 running on IBM hardware and software.
     In sales to existing and new customers, Fantastic will lead, where
 appropriate, with the IBM eServer* zSeries* and pSeries* hardware platforms
 and IBM infrastructure software, including DB2* Universal Database, Content
 Manager* and the WebSphere* family of products, as well as make use of IBM's
 storage solutions.  IBM Global Services will serve as lead integrator.  In
 addition, an equity stake has been negotiated between the companies, the terms
 of which are undisclosed.
     IBM and Fantastic will undertake joint efforts in sales, marketing,
 development and system integration services, delivering a clear, consistent
 pathway to evolve and develop new solutions in the expanding rich-media
 marketplace.
     The rich-media market, across all industries, according to Jupiter
 Research, is projected to grow to $34 billion in IT opportunity by 2004.  The
 drivers for the expected growth include enterprise demand for dynamic content,
 end-user demand for rich media content, content providers seeking additional
 outlets for their content, and the desire of carriers to pursue new broadband
 business opportunities.  Bringing IBM and Fantastic's technologies together
 will deliver enhanced digital content and distribution capabilities to
 enterprises and content providers.
     "The goal of the IBM and Fantastic Corporation partnership is to bring
 current and future customers, worldwide, the best in broadband and rich-media
 solutions," said Dick Anderson, IBM general manager of Global Media and
 Entertainment.  "This is the first step in a long-term relationship, where
 together, IBM and Fantastic can transform the rich-media marketplace with
 world-leading content management and delivery solutions."
     The Fantastic Corporation provides highly integrated solutions for
 aggregation, broadcast, and consumption of rich-media content. Fantastic will
 integrate their digital broadcast distribution software with IBM's digital
 media systems and content management solutions.  The resulting delivery
 systems include such offerings as the IBM WebSphere Edge Server, and provide
 scaleable, reliable, content delivery solutions.  Fantastic is porting its
 software (Channel Management Center(TM) and Channel Editorial Center(TM)) to
 IBM AIX and Linux.  The resulting solutions will be written in open, industry
 standard tools, and will allow for the delivery of targeted content to any
 IP-enabled device.
     "We are extremely pleased and honored to be partnering with IBM to drive
 the acceptance of broadband solutions globally," said Fantastic's Chairman and
 CEO Reto Braun.  "The combined strengths of IBM and Fantastic will allow us to
 move quickly to offer comprehensive broadband multimedia solutions that will
 help enterprises lower costs and open up new business opportunities for
 networks and content providers."
     With this solutions offering strategy, Fantastic and IBM bring outstanding
 value to three customer groups: content providers, can now create new business
 opportunities by enriching their services and products over broadband
 networks; enterprises, can deploy and extend their information distribution
 over IP-based broadband network for content; and network service providers,
 can bring a whole new class of services to fulfill customer needs, utilizing
 their existing and planned broadband infrastructures.
     The Fantastic Corporation strategic alliance is another example of IBM's
 commitment to go-to-market with leading independent software vendors through
 the PartnerWorld for Developers program (www.developer.ibm.com). Under this
 initiative, IBM has signed agreements with companies such as Siebel Systems,
 Retek and PeopleSoft.  These alliances target industries such as financial
 services, retail and manufacturing and solution segments including enterprise
 resource planning, supply chain management, customer relationship management
 and business intelligence.  The goal is to provide developers with access to
 new customers and revenue opportunities through IBM's marketing, sales, and
 solutions resources.  In return, developers commit to lead with IBM's
 middleware, server platforms, and services.
 
     About IBM
     IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with 80 years
 of leadership in helping businesses innovate. Drawing on resources from across
 IBM and key Business Partners, IBM offers a wide range of services, solutions
 and technologies that enable telecommunications Service Providers and
 equipment suppliers to take full advantage of the new era of e-business.  The
 fastest way to get more information about IBM is through the IBM home page at
 www.ibm.com .  Information on IBM's telecommunications offerings can be found
 at www.ibm.com/software .
 
     The Fantastic Corporation (Zug, Switzerland) is a leading provider of
 software solutions for data broadcasting. This is an emerging communications
 technology which combines point-to-multipoint digital broadcasting with
 point-to-point Internet connectivity, in order to deliver rich interactive
 media content to PCs, digital set-top boxes or handheld devices (including 3G
 mobile phones) over any broadband IP network.
     By merging the inherent bandwidth and speed benefits of broadcasting
 technologies with the interactivity of the Internet, data broadcast provides
 superior content distribution and interaction in an increasingly IP-centric
 world.  Fantastic is a public company, quoted on the Frankfurt Stock exchange
 using the symbol: FAN. Visit our website at www.fantastic.com .
     The Fantastic Corporation is a registered trademark.  Channel Management
 Center(TM) (CMC) and Channel Editorial Center(TM) (CEC) are trademarks of The
 Fantastic Corporation.
 
     * Denotes a trademark of the IBM Corporation.
 
 

SOURCE The Fantastic Corporation
    LAS VEGAS, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- NAB 2001 -- IBM and The Fantastic
 Corporation (Neuer Markt Frankfurt, stock exchange - FAN) today announced a
 global strategic alliance to give providers and users of broadband services,
 seamless, easy-to-use, digital content management and distribution
 capabilities.
     Combining IBM's digital media solutions with Fantastic's broadband content
 delivery systems, the resulting offerings will deliver broadband capabilities
 that enhance end-user's interactive, multi-media experiences.
     The alliance agreement, one of IBM's first in the digital media and
 entertainment industry - expands a European initiative the two announced in
 December of 2000. Under the terms of this new agreement, the partners will
 jointly market their integrated digital media solution, including Fantastic's
 Channel Management Center(TM) and Channel Editorial Center(TM) applications
 running on IBM hardware and software.
     In sales to existing and new customers, Fantastic will lead, where
 appropriate, with the IBM eServer* zSeries* and pSeries* hardware platforms
 and IBM infrastructure software, including DB2* Universal Database, Content
 Manager* and the WebSphere* family of products, as well as make use of IBM's
 storage solutions.  IBM Global Services will serve as lead integrator.  In
 addition, an equity stake has been negotiated between the companies, the terms
 of which are undisclosed.
     IBM and Fantastic will undertake joint efforts in sales, marketing,
 development and system integration services, delivering a clear, consistent
 pathway to evolve and develop new solutions in the expanding rich-media
 marketplace.
     The rich-media market, across all industries, according to Jupiter
 Research, is projected to grow to $34 billion in IT opportunity by 2004.  The
 drivers for the expected growth include enterprise demand for dynamic content,
 end-user demand for rich media content, content providers seeking additional
 outlets for their content, and the desire of carriers to pursue new broadband
 business opportunities.  Bringing IBM and Fantastic's technologies together
 will deliver enhanced digital content and distribution capabilities to
 enterprises and content providers.
     "The goal of the IBM and Fantastic Corporation partnership is to bring
 current and future customers, worldwide, the best in broadband and rich-media
 solutions," said Dick Anderson, IBM general manager of Global Media and
 Entertainment.  "This is the first step in a long-term relationship, where
 together, IBM and Fantastic can transform the rich-media marketplace with
 world-leading content management and delivery solutions."
     The Fantastic Corporation provides highly integrated solutions for
 aggregation, broadcast, and consumption of rich-media content. Fantastic will
 integrate their digital broadcast distribution software with IBM's digital
 media systems and content management solutions.  The resulting delivery
 systems include such offerings as the IBM WebSphere Edge Server, and provide
 scaleable, reliable, content delivery solutions.  Fantastic is porting its
 software (Channel Management Center(TM) and Channel Editorial Center(TM)) to
 IBM AIX and Linux.  The resulting solutions will be written in open, industry
 standard tools, and will allow for the delivery of targeted content to any
 IP-enabled device.
     "We are extremely pleased and honored to be partnering with IBM to drive
 the acceptance of broadband solutions globally," said Fantastic's Chairman and
 CEO Reto Braun.  "The combined strengths of IBM and Fantastic will allow us to
 move quickly to offer comprehensive broadband multimedia solutions that will
 help enterprises lower costs and open up new business opportunities for
 networks and content providers."
     With this solutions offering strategy, Fantastic and IBM bring outstanding
 value to three customer groups: content providers, can now create new business
 opportunities by enriching their services and products over broadband
 networks; enterprises, can deploy and extend their information distribution
 over IP-based broadband network for content; and network service providers,
 can bring a whole new class of services to fulfill customer needs, utilizing
 their existing and planned broadband infrastructures.
     The Fantastic Corporation strategic alliance is another example of IBM's
 commitment to go-to-market with leading independent software vendors through
 the PartnerWorld for Developers program (www.developer.ibm.com). Under this
 initiative, IBM has signed agreements with companies such as Siebel Systems,
 Retek and PeopleSoft.  These alliances target industries such as financial
 services, retail and manufacturing and solution segments including enterprise
 resource planning, supply chain management, customer relationship management
 and business intelligence.  The goal is to provide developers with access to
 new customers and revenue opportunities through IBM's marketing, sales, and
 solutions resources.  In return, developers commit to lead with IBM's
 middleware, server platforms, and services.
 
     About IBM
     IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with 80 years
 of leadership in helping businesses innovate. Drawing on resources from across
 IBM and key Business Partners, IBM offers a wide range of services, solutions
 and technologies that enable telecommunications Service Providers and
 equipment suppliers to take full advantage of the new era of e-business.  The
 fastest way to get more information about IBM is through the IBM home page at
 www.ibm.com .  Information on IBM's telecommunications offerings can be found
 at www.ibm.com/software .
 
     The Fantastic Corporation (Zug, Switzerland) is a leading provider of
 software solutions for data broadcasting. This is an emerging communications
 technology which combines point-to-multipoint digital broadcasting with
 point-to-point Internet connectivity, in order to deliver rich interactive
 media content to PCs, digital set-top boxes or handheld devices (including 3G
 mobile phones) over any broadband IP network.
     By merging the inherent bandwidth and speed benefits of broadcasting
 technologies with the interactivity of the Internet, data broadcast provides
 superior content distribution and interaction in an increasingly IP-centric
 world.  Fantastic is a public company, quoted on the Frankfurt Stock exchange
 using the symbol: FAN. Visit our website at www.fantastic.com .
     The Fantastic Corporation is a registered trademark.  Channel Management
 Center(TM) (CMC) and Channel Editorial Center(TM) (CEC) are trademarks of The
 Fantastic Corporation.
 
     * Denotes a trademark of the IBM Corporation.
 
 SOURCE  The Fantastic Corporation