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Amino and G-cluster bring high-end video games in reach of broadband video subscribers

Helsinki, FINLAND and Cambridge, UK - September 9, 2004: IPTV set-top box (STB) vendor Amino Communications Limited and video game systems provider G-cluster announce completion of their technology integration project. As a result, G-cluster's advanced video games service is now supported across the entire range of Amino's AmiNET set-top box products, including the popular ultra-small AmiNET103 and AmiNET110.

Homes equipped with Amino set-top boxes can now play advanced video games without any additional hardware or game discs. The Amino set-top box connects to G-cluster's grid of computer servers in the service provider's central office via broadband connection and receives game graphics and sound to display on the television screen in real time.

The AmiNET110 has full USB 1.1 support allowing subscribers to use standard PC or console gamepads and joysticks as input devices, as well as TV remote controls.

Mike Greenall, Amino VP of Marketing commented, "Telcos world-wide are starting to exploit on-line games as part of their strategy to reduce customer churn and increase broadband revenues. G-cluster's gaming technology, and the Amino set-top box, offer a cost-effective means to create a compelling broadband TV proposition."

"We are very pleased with the results of the integration with Amino's AmiNET IPTV set-top box products"", said Thomas Schmidt, vice president strategy & development of G-cluster. "The combination of innovative technologies by Amino and G-cluster enables an easy-to-use console-level gaming experience on existing and future IPTV deployments."

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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.

About G-cluster:
G-cluster offers gaming-on-demand for broadband networks. A dedicated grid of game servers, enables the latest video games to be played on-demand with any broadband-connected device, including existing digital cable and IPTV set-top boxes, entry level PCs, and 3G mobile phones.

In the case of digital cable and IPTV deployments, G-cluster gaming-on-demand allows network operators and MSOs to leverage investment already made in video-on-demand (VOD) infrastructure. There is no need for upgrades to customer premise equipment.

All existing and future game titles can be brought to the G-cluster platform with minimal porting work. The server-centric nature of the system is particularly well suited to multiplayer and other community-building games.

G-cluster is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SOFTBANK Broadmedia Corporation ("SBBM", www.broadmedia.co.jp). The G-cluster business is operated worldwide through ClubiT Corporation (Osaka New Market: 4347, www.clubit.co.jp), another subsidiary of SBBM).
For more information, visit to http://www.g-cluster.com.

For further information please contact:
Geoff Boyes/Jenna Keighley, EML, +44 (0)20 8408 8000, amino@eml.com, http://www.eml.com/

David Cormie, Amino Communications, +44 (0)1954 234100, dcormie@aminocom.com, https://www.aminocom.com

Toby Lynas, G-cluster, +44 (0)20 7691 0999, toby.lynas@g-cluster.com, http://www.g-cluster.com/

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

EMB2549 - 09/09/04