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Amino to unveil smallest IPTV set-top box with Personal Video Recorder
Response to consumer demand for PVR functionality

Cambridge, UK. 31st August 2004: Amino Communications will debut the smallest IPTV (Internet Protocol television) set-top box with integral Personal Video Recorder (PVR) at IBC in Amsterdam on 10th September. The AmiNET500 is the latest addition to Amino's award winning range of small, low-cost, high performance set-top boxes and contains an 80Gbyte hard disk drive which is capable of storing around 40 hours of programme material. The product has been developed in response to requests from telcos experiencing consumer demand for PVRs as part of their IPTV services.

IPTV is developing rapidly as it enables video-on-demand and interactive services to be delivered over broadband telephone networks. Subscribers can watch digital-quality TV programmes and have access to a wider selection of movies than presently available, while benefiting from full interactivity. Where network bandwidth is insufficient to provide direct access to on-demand video streams, content can be uploaded to the AmiNET500 for subsequent playback with full trick-play features including fast forward and reverse, skip back and forward, and slow-motion frame-by-frame.

Says product manager Nick Ebsworth: "This product line has been introduced in response to rising demand from US and European Telcos for PVR functionality. We are working with leading middleware vendors to ensure that users will be able to schedule recording of their favourite shows from the on-screen EPG."

The new device will also support leading conditional access systems and rights management software to address content owners concern about protecting their assets from illicit copying. "We are working with conditional access vendors to ensure that Hollywood, and the major broadcast channels will be happy with the resulting solution. Any content which is delivered in encrypted form will also be stored as encrypted content, and each viewing will require validation with the originating server," said Ebsworth.

Recent surveys have shown that 83% of PVR users are either satisfied, or very satisfied with the service, and that over 70% would want the facility on all TVs in their household. With the AmiNET500, a single PVR can stream recorded content to other set-top devices around the home - offering a lower cost approach than siting a disk drive enabled box with every TV.

The AmiNET500 measures just 184 x 240 x 56mm. It comes with Linux operating system and a Java based PVR application capable of supporting all the features a user would expect such as: pause live TV, instant record, instant replay, and is also capable of streaming content to other set-top boxes via a home network, and making scheduled recordings from an electronic programme guide. The first member of the product line is targeted at the US market, and is available from October. A European version will be available early in 2005.

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Please contact EML for a briefing with Amino at IBC or via telephone. A high resolution photograph can be downloaded from http://www.eml.com/images/pem4090.jpg.

About Amino:
Amino Communications (www.aminocom.com) is a designer and supplier of electronic systems and consultancy, specialising in products for digital broadcast and on-demand TV, IPTV (telco triple-play applications), and in-home multimedia distribution.

The Amino range of small, low cost, high functionality set-top boxes and gateway products is designed for consumer applications in telecom, satellite and digital terrestrial broadcast markets, as well as on-demand systems for hotels and hospitality markets, healthcare, retail and education. Amino also provides systems consultancy, and partners with world-leading companies in content aggregation, middleware, conditional access, and head-end systems.

Amino Communications is part of Amino Technologies PLC. listed on the London Stock Exchange AIM, symbol AMO. Amino is based near Cambridge, UK, and has offices in Atlanta Georgia.

For further information please contact:
Geoff Boyes/Jenna Keighley, EML
The Albany Boathouse, Lower Ham Road, Kingston, Surrey, KT2 5BB.
+44 (0)20 8408 8000, amino@eml.com, http://www.eml.com/

Amino Communications, Buckingway Business Park, Anderson Road, Swavesey, Cambridge, CB4 5UQ.
+44 (0)1954 234100, https://www.aminocom.com

Amino, AmiNET and the Amino logo are trademarks of Amino Communications Ltd.

EMB2539 - 31/08/04