ViaCast Eclipses the Competition With New Eclipse(TM) Content Delivery Solution

Eclipse(TM) Receives MPEG-2 and IP Video for Display on PCs,

TVs and Cache for Later Playback



Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from ViaCast Networks, Inc.

    IJAMSVILLE, Md., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- ViaCast
 Networks, Inc., a leader in end-to-end broadband networking solutions, today
 introduced a new class of broadband network appliance, the Eclipse(TM) -- a
 Digital IP Video Recorder.  The Eclipse enables the "IP-ization" of Business
 TV (BTV) by receiving a Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) compliant satellite
 broadcast and streaming the content simultaneously to a PC or a TV in real-
 time or to a 20GB hard drive for later playback on demand.
     The Eclipse provides network operators and end users great flexibility in
 delivering rich-media MPEG-2 video as well as IP video programs.  The Eclipse
 can either stream the digital media content in real-time or record it for
 later playback using its native multi-media hard drive and play list similar
 to a personal video recorder.  Ideal applications include satellite distance
 learning/e-learning networks, ad insertion networks, retail kiosks and
 corporate Business TV (BTV) networks.  Since the Eclipse can receive MPEG-2
 video from a standard DVB video encoder as well as IP video encoded programs,
 it is ideal for enterprises that wish to leverage their existing BTV
 investment as they migrate to an IP solution.
     Content providers can now deliver their digital media to service providers
 and enterprises using routable IP rather than MPEG-2 video, dramatically
 reducing backhaul costs.  Network operators with legacy BTV customers can now
 migrate their customers to a bandwidth saving IP solution, eliminating the
 need to simulcast IP video to PCs and standard MPEG-2 video to TV set-top
 boxes.  The Eclipse does it all in one standalone network appliance.
     "We are pleased to offer such an innovative solution, and the Eclipse
 couldn't come at a better time," said Mitch Robinson, Viacast's president and
 CEO.  "We have been witnessing a major market shift towards what we call the
 "IP-ization" of the network, and the Eclipse is the platform of choice for
 broadcasting video, audio and data in a single IP based transport for real
 time viewing, using a TV, PC or recording content to a hard drive for later
 playback", added Robinson.
     Like all ViaCast products, the Eclipse is a standalone embedded network
 appliance with a real-time operating system (RTOS) for better reliability,
 more flexibility and better performance than competing PC-card solutions.
     Eclipse Highlights:
 
     *     Receives and records MPEG-2 video/audio, IP video and data
     *     Eclipse Manager(TM) provides content selection and play list
           information
     *     Audio and Video outputs for NTSC and PAL TV monitors, including
           S-video
     *     Satellite L-band input (950-2150MHz)
     *     10/100BaseT Ethernet connection
     *     Native Multi-media 20 GB hard drive (other sizes available)
     *     HTTP Web manageable
     *     SNMP MIB II and private MIB management
 
     About ViaCast
     ViaCast Networks, Inc. provides an end-to-end broadband IP satellite
 solution.  We offer the satellite routers and software tools to enable service
 providers and enterprise customers to bypass congested terrestrial networks to
 deliver TV-quality video, CD-quality audio and Internet/Intranet data to users
 PCs and TVs at speeds up to 80Mbps.  Customers include Cisco, Ford, Shoppers
 Drug Mart as well as, Content Delivery Networks such as Cidera, iBEAM
 Broadcasting, and Edgix.  ViaCast, headquartered in Ijamsville MD, also has an
 overseas office in the UK.  For more information, visit
 http://www.viacasting.com .
 
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    IJAMSVILLE, Md., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- ViaCast
 Networks, Inc., a leader in end-to-end broadband networking solutions, today
 introduced a new class of broadband network appliance, the Eclipse(TM) -- a
 Digital IP Video Recorder.  The Eclipse enables the "IP-ization" of Business
 TV (BTV) by receiving a Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) compliant satellite
 broadcast and streaming the content simultaneously to a PC or a TV in real-
 time or to a 20GB hard drive for later playback on demand.
     The Eclipse provides network operators and end users great flexibility in
 delivering rich-media MPEG-2 video as well as IP video programs.  The Eclipse
 can either stream the digital media content in real-time or record it for
 later playback using its native multi-media hard drive and play list similar
 to a personal video recorder.  Ideal applications include satellite distance
 learning/e-learning networks, ad insertion networks, retail kiosks and
 corporate Business TV (BTV) networks.  Since the Eclipse can receive MPEG-2
 video from a standard DVB video encoder as well as IP video encoded programs,
 it is ideal for enterprises that wish to leverage their existing BTV
 investment as they migrate to an IP solution.
     Content providers can now deliver their digital media to service providers
 and enterprises using routable IP rather than MPEG-2 video, dramatically
 reducing backhaul costs.  Network operators with legacy BTV customers can now
 migrate their customers to a bandwidth saving IP solution, eliminating the
 need to simulcast IP video to PCs and standard MPEG-2 video to TV set-top
 boxes.  The Eclipse does it all in one standalone network appliance.
     "We are pleased to offer such an innovative solution, and the Eclipse
 couldn't come at a better time," said Mitch Robinson, Viacast's president and
 CEO.  "We have been witnessing a major market shift towards what we call the
 "IP-ization" of the network, and the Eclipse is the platform of choice for
 broadcasting video, audio and data in a single IP based transport for real
 time viewing, using a TV, PC or recording content to a hard drive for later
 playback", added Robinson.
     Like all ViaCast products, the Eclipse is a standalone embedded network
 appliance with a real-time operating system (RTOS) for better reliability,
 more flexibility and better performance than competing PC-card solutions.
     Eclipse Highlights:
 
     *     Receives and records MPEG-2 video/audio, IP video and data
     *     Eclipse Manager(TM) provides content selection and play list
           information
     *     Audio and Video outputs for NTSC and PAL TV monitors, including
           S-video
     *     Satellite L-band input (950-2150MHz)
     *     10/100BaseT Ethernet connection
     *     Native Multi-media 20 GB hard drive (other sizes available)
     *     HTTP Web manageable
     *     SNMP MIB II and private MIB management
 
     About ViaCast
     ViaCast Networks, Inc. provides an end-to-end broadband IP satellite
 solution.  We offer the satellite routers and software tools to enable service
 providers and enterprise customers to bypass congested terrestrial networks to
 deliver TV-quality video, CD-quality audio and Internet/Intranet data to users
 PCs and TVs at speeds up to 80Mbps.  Customers include Cisco, Ford, Shoppers
 Drug Mart as well as, Content Delivery Networks such as Cidera, iBEAM
 Broadcasting, and Edgix.  ViaCast, headquartered in Ijamsville MD, also has an
 overseas office in the UK.  For more information, visit
 http://www.viacasting.com .
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
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