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Amino announces middleware integration for set-top box with PVR

PVR enabling middleware from Minerva and Myrio ported to the AmiNET500

Cambridge, UK, 17th November 2004: Amino Communications today announced the availability of two major middleware applications for its AmiNET500 IPTV (Internet protocol TV) set-top box with integral PVR (personal video recorder). The new Minerva iTVManager 2 and Myrio Interactive 3.5 client software have now been ported to the AmiNET500, enabling Telcos to seamlessly upgrade subscriber offerings to include PVR functions on live television broadcasts. These include scheduled record from EPG, viewing one channel whilst recording another, pause, fast-forward and reverse, and slow motion frame-by-frame. Both applications were demonstrated at TelcoTV in Orlando, Florida.

"PVR is a critical feature for broadband service providers to offer to their subscribers. The timing of our launch positions us well as market adoption and deployment heats up. We are pleased to add the AmiNET500 to the list of Amino set-top boxes supported by the Myrio iDK." commented Ryan Petty, vice president of product management at Myrio.

Roy Kirsopp, CEO of Amino Communications LLC added, "Our close working relationship with middleware providers benefits the Telcos, and their television subscribers, as we are able to offer new features like PVR which are fully integrated with their existing systems. Our customers are already showing strong demand as they can now offer subscribers the AmiNET500 PVR as an upgrade option."

"PVR is generating a lot of interest in the IPTV market - once again, by working closely with Amino, we will provide a robust and tightly integrated solution to our customers," said Jean-Georges Fritsch, COO of Minerva Networks.

About the AmiNET500
The AmiNET500 is a recent addition to Amino's award winning range of small, low-cost, high performance IPTV set-top boxes and contains an 80Gbyte hard disk drive which is capable of storing around 40 hours of programme material. It measures just 184 x 240 x 56mm and combines IPTV decoder functions with a full-featured PVR, and ability to stream content to other devices.

About Minerva iTVManager
The cornerstone of the Minerva IP Television Headend, Minerva iTVManager is a carrier-class, highly scalable interactive television services management suite. iTVManager performs all of the operations necessary to manage the delivery of advanced television services, including Live TV, Video-on-Demand (VOD), Subscription-VOD (SVOD), Pay-Per-View (PPV) and Personal Video Recorder (PVR).

About Myrio Interactive
Myrio Interactive is an end-user software application for set-top boxes that enables subscribers to watch Digital TV, order a movie, listen to digital music, check the weather, and browse the Web through their televisions.

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 and Hong Kong.

About Minerva Networks, Inc.
Minerva Networks, Inc. is a leading provider of carrier-class infrastructure for the delivery of "triple play" services over broadband IP networks. The company's video services management software and video processing platforms are integrated into complete IP Television delivery platforms. Broadband network operators worldwide use Minerva's products and services to deliver next-generation entertainment and communication applications. Minerva Networks is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA and on the Internet at www.minervanetworks.com

About Myrio Corporation
Myrio is a leading provider of software, content and integration services that enable new video revenue opportunities for broadband operators by leveraging their infrastructures. Myrio's IP Video Platform consists of Myrio Interactive(TM), a full-featured end-user application enabled via a set-top box, and Myrio TotalManage(TM), a back-office subscriber and content management solution. Myrio's products and expertise enable operators to deploy more quickly and offer their subscribers a full range of IP-based digital television and on-demand entertainment while lowering the total cost of ownership through operational efficiencies and hardware choice. A pioneer in the industry, Myrio has commercially deployed its products to operators throughout the United States, and is conducting customer trials internationally as well.

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

Amino Communications
Buckingway Business Park, Anderson Road, Swavesey, Cambridge, CB4 5UQ.
+44 (0)1954 234 100, https://www.aminocom.com