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Orb and Amino expand partnership to deliver personal and broadband media to the TV screen

EMERYVILLE, Calif. & CAMBRIDGE, UK - May 9, 2007 - Amino, the world leading IPTV platform supplier, and Orb Networks announced today the integration of Orb's MyCasting service with Amino's AmiNET110 and AmiNET125 set-top boxes (STBs) to unlock all the digital content on users' PCs. With Amino's cutting-edge AmiNET range of products, users can enjoy all the media they currently watch on their PCs - videos, movies, music, even Internet websites - on their TVs.

The AmiNET110 is the most popular and proven IP STB in the world with an award-winning design. The Orb application integrated with the AmiNET110 allows consumers access to personal media on the PC, as well as streamed media delivered over the open Internet. The resulting product closes the gap between the STB and the PC, using the Orb MyCast application platform as the bridge. The MyCasting service is also now available with the AmiNET125, Amino's second generation multi-codec STB. This allows MPEG-2/4 and VC1/WM9 content to be streamed in native format from the PC to the TV, enabling even older PCs with less horsepower to benefit from the Orb MyCasting application.

"We are happy to be working with Amino to bring media convergence to the TV", said Herve Utheza, VP and Executive Producer, TV Properties, Orb Networks. "With Orb, Amino's product line will enable a single STB to manage IPTV, pay TV, PC media including movies, videos, user-generated videos, and even web browsing, directly to the TV through a unified user interface. Service operators can bring their own branded version of Orb to their customer base, and let them appreciate the depth and breadth of what IP television can deliver."

"Orb's technology was integrated seamlessly with Amino's versatile IntAct™ client software stack to bridge the gap between the television and PC," said Karthik Ranjan, Vice President, Internet TV, Amino. "This partnership expands the boundaries of television, allowing cable companies and other service operators to offer their consumers an exciting and diverse range of services."

Orb MyCasting and Amino's STBs enable a much more compelling choice of services in comparison to traditional TV programming. Users can:

  • Watch home movies and videos, as well as thousands of Internet TV stations, now unlocked for display on the big screen TV
  • Search for and watch the entire online video catalog from main providers such as YouTube, Yahoo, AOL Videos and more
  • Record Internet TV programming to watch on your living room TV
  • Enjoy your photos from your PC on your TV, share them with family and friends, or watch their own media selection on your TV
  • Listen to your entire music library, streamed across the home

About Amino

Amino Communications (www.aminocom.com) supplies the AmiNET™ series of set-top boxes, renowned for their low-cost and reliability. The AmiNET range materially reduces service operators' capital expenditure, whilst offering the full range of specification required; MPEG2 and MPEG4 encoding standards, standard and high definition TV, personal video recording and home networking. The high performance coupled with the innovative design of Amino's set-top boxes, has brought the series industry accolades and the company a leading position within the IPTV market.

The AmiNET series of IPTV set-top boxes has been used by more than 600 customers in commercial deployments and trials in over 50 countries worldwide. The set-top boxes have also been sampled by an additional 900 customers. Amino Communications' principal customers are telecommunications, broadcast and hospitality service operators. Generally, AmiNET products are supplied with the IntAct™ IPTV software stack pre-loaded.

Amino Communications is a wholly owned subsidiary of Amino Technologies PLC. listed on the London Stock Exchange AIM, symbol AMO. Amino's HQ is based near Cambridge, UK, with offices worldwide.

PR contacts for Amino:
Ross Haddow, LEWIS PR
Rachel Hodgson, LEWIS PR
Millbank Tower, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RS, UK
T: +44 (0) 20 7802 2626

Antonio Gimeno, Amino Communications
Buckingway Business Park, Anderson Road, Swavesey, Cambridge, CB24 4UQ.
T: +44 (0) 1954 234 100

PR contacts for Amino in the US:
Megan Grenter, LEWIS PR
1725 I Street, NW Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006
T: +1 202 349 3775

About Orb Networks, Inc.
Orb Networks is an award-winning developer of software and services that unlock the digital media stored on personal computers. Orb MyCasting gives consumers secure, free, instant, and everywhere-access to everything from their photos and video to TV and music on virtually any Web-enabled device. The company's partners and affiliates include: AOL Winamp, AMD, Creative Labs, Hauppauge, Hutchison, Nokia, Orange and Vodafone. Orb Networks is a privately held company in Emeryville, Calif. For more information about Orb Networks and the Orb MyCasting service, please visit www.orb.com.

Orb and MyCast are trademarks of Orb Networks, Inc. All other trademarks and/or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Media Contacts:
Ann Willey
Orb Networks
Liana Miller
eLuminatePR for Orb