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Amino enables Antena 3 to offer the first live TV channel over an IP satellite data link in Spain


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Amino enables Antena 3 to offer the first live TV channel over an IP satellite data link in Spain

Spanish national broadcaster Antena 3 uses award-winning AmiNET125 Set-Top Box (STB) in its programme to assist children in hospitals

Cambridge, UK and Madrid, Spain - December 17, 2007 - Amino, the world leading IPTV platform supplier, and Antena 3 today announced the first delivery of a live national TV channel over an IP satellite data link in Spain.

Using Amino's AmiNET125 IPTV STB, La Fundación Antena 3, a non-profit charity supported by Grupo Antena 3, is broadcasting a new free to view channel called FAN3 in hospitals.

With the FAN3 channel, La Fundación Antena 3 helps children in hospitals to recover by offering information related to their specific illnesses and treatments. Furthermore, FAN3 educates children and teenagers by fostering good habits to protect their health in an educative and enjoyable manner. FAN3 is broadcasted from Monday to Friday and its programmes include conventional content such as TV movies, series, cartoons, as well as healthcare and educational information.

La Fundación Antena 3 enables hospitals to receive the programmes from FAN3 via the Hispasat Satellite. The channel is received over a 2 Mbps one-way satellite link before being decoded with the AmiNET125. The feed is then modulated to an available channel number and made available to all TVs in the hospital.

Juan Carlos Sanchez-Rico Jiménez, Technical Maintenance Director, Antena 3, explained, "This is the first operative IP video distribution over a satellite link in Spain and the benefit for La Fundación is being able to use IP for delivery of top quality video from Antena 3, a major Spanish broadcaster. The advantages include the simplicity of equipment installation, options to upgrade the service and the possibility to work with lower available bandwidth by using Amino’s advanced codec technology."

In addition to the AmiNET125 STBs, DICAS, based in Germany, supplied the encoders and the Spanish company Vidactive supplied its Multicast server tailored to hospitals, so that they could personalise software to configure web content and allow multimedia downloads.

"We chose the AmiNET125 from Amino because it is very stable, easy to use and configure and has the capacity to grow with our service. Besides that we also have good support from Amino's local distributor in Spain, IP-Frame, as well as Vidactive, the project integrator," added Sanchez-Rico Jiménez.

"Amino is delighted that La Fundación Antena 3 chose to use the AmiNET125 and we hope the FAN3 channel is a great success in helping entertain children while they are in hospital" said Bob Giddy, CEO of Amino. "We selected La Fundación as our overseas charity of choice this Christmas and are pleased to donate equipment for several hospitals."

The AmiNET125 recently won the prestigious CSI Product of the Year 2007 Award in the category "Best IPTV technology", ahead of the Microsoft® Xbox360® solution for IPTV. The CSI award was the third international accolade given to Amino's multi-codec range of STBs in the last 2 years.


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About Antena 3

ANTENA 3 is the first comercial communications group in Spain. The company operates in a wide area of activities with the following brands: ANTENA 3 (free to view TV), ONDA CERO (radio), EUROPA FM (radio), ATRES ADVERTISING (media advertising), MOVIERECORD (cinema advertising) y UNIPUBLIC (sports event organisation).

Contact at Grupo Antena 3:
Verónica Goldaraz
T: +34 91 623 47 52

PR contacts for Amino in the UK:

Rachel Hodgson, Lewis PR
Millbank Tower, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RS, UK
T: +44 (0) 20 7802 2626
aminouk@lewispr.com

About Amino Communications

Amino Communications (www.aminocom.com) supplies the AmiNET™ series of set-top boxes (STBs), renowned for their low-cost and reliability. The AmiNET range materially reduces service operators' capital expenditure, whilst offering the full range of specification required; MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 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 STBs has been used in commercial deployments and trials in over 80 countries worldwide. Amino's 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 in the UK:

Rachel Hodgson, Lewis PR
Millbank Tower, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RS, UK
T: +44 (0) 20 7802 2626
aminouk@lewispr.com

Antonio Gimeno, Amino Communications
Buckingway Business Park, Anderson Road, Swavesey, Cambridge, CB24 4UQ.
T: +44 (0) 1954 234 100
agimeno@aminocom.com
https://www.aminocom.com

PR contact for Amino in the US:
Megan Grenter
LEWIS PR
T: +1 202-349-3775
megang@lewispr.com
www.lewispr.com