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Amino unveils world’s first integration of the G-cluster
streaming games service in HD at IPTV World Forum

Amino shares thought leadership at several conferences

Cambridge, UK, 20 March, 2008 - Amino, the world leading IPTV platform supplier, launched an integration of the AmiNET130 Set-Top Box (STB) with the first G-cluster HD games on demand application at this year’s IPTV World Forum. Allowing users to play streaming HD games via a wireless USB gamepad, the offering will enable telco providers to offer interactive gaming with popular titles from the traditional games console market.

Visitors to the Amino stand used the device to play on HD interactive games such as Resident Evil 4® and Sensible Soccer™. The product will allow telco providers to drive revenue by building on the STB as the technology point of convergence in the home.

Amino had a strong presence at the IPTV World Forum, participating in panel discussions on strategies for growth in the IPTV market, Internet TV, and delivering the digital lifestyle through the connected home. Roy Kirsopp, VP and General Manager at Amino, kicked off the event with a debate on how IPTV providers can attract subscribers from cable and satellite solutions, and the impact that the digital switchover will have on the market:

“The whole idea of IPTV is that the several broadcast STBs we currently have in our homes are replaced by intelligent IP-centric devices,” said Kirsopp. “The IPTV market is starting to live up to the potential it holds. With constant development of the technology, IPTV is able to offer far more than cable and satellite and allow the consumer an innovative but easy-to-use service.”

Meanwhile, Mike Greenall, senior representative at Amino, was involved in a future-gazing panel about Internet TV:

“Amino has been a champion for Internet TV concepts for the last 2 years. What will accelerate its growth is the successful formation of partnerships between technology, content and service providers. The expectation of consumer demand will be truly met once the right content is delivered at the right price.” Finally, Huw Price-Stephens, Director of Marketing and Strategic Business Development at Amino, took part in as session on delivering the digital lifestyle, examining the synergy between consumers and providers: “The concept of ‘Digital Lifestyle’ puts IPTV in its proper perspective, as just one aspect of the digital revolution. There’s an explosion of IP functionality and connectivity going on in our homes and everyday lives, but the TV, arguably the most valuable piece of real estate in the home, is not in itself equipped to participate. Amino’s IP-centric STB technology allows the TV screen to fully join the IP party.”

Amino also showcased the following products at the IPTV World Forum:

AmiNET125: The world’s first standard definition multi-codec STB designed for IPTV and Internet TV applications. This award-winning, advanced STB with a low-cost chipset features a combined programmable codec DSP and host processor. This enables development of new services to increase revenue per subscriber while offering protection against changing standards. With an Ethernet input and highly flexible audio and video outputs, the AmiNET125 provides an elegant and powerful means of delivering sophisticated interactive digital television including multicast, on demand video and internet access.

AmiNET130: The world’s first HD H.264 IPTV STB to meet the Premium Conformance Tier of the MPEG Industry Forum. The compact, elegant AmiNET130 supports High Definition, H.264 (MPEG4/AVC) video streams and is modelled on the same award-winning design as previous AmiNET generations. The AmiNET130 provides the service provider with a cost effective means to deliver end-to-end digital High Definition TV as multicast, on-demand video and multi-room IPTV services. It enables service operators to offer stunning TV quality with minimal capital expenditure.

AmiNET530: The world’s first HD H.264 IPTV DVR STB to meet the Premium Conformance Tier of the MPEG Industry Forum. On top of PVR functionality, the AmiNET530 offers low-cost deployment, advanced video codecs and the support of HD video and graphics, providing an exciting and dramatic viewing experience with great realism and detail.

The AmiNET530 was short-listed for the IPTV World Series Awards in the category “Best IPTV customer premise equipment technology”.

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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:

Louise Tullin, 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 contact for Amino in the US:
Megan Grenter,
T: +1 202-349-3775

About G-cluster

G-cluster Ltd. was founded in 2000 to meet the demand for high-quality gaming on broadband network connected thin clients such as set-top boxes and next generation wireless devices. By moving most of the processing to sophisticated server clusters, G-cluster has been able to achieve network and device independence and exceptional cost-effectiveness without sacrificing the quality of graphics or gameplay. The G-cluster Game System helps IPTV operators to increase ARPU by providing their customers with a compelling gaming experience.

For further information please contact Mika Kaijansinkko at mika.kaijansinkko@g-cluster.com or visit our website at www.g-cluster.com