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Amino Communications PVR Set-Top to be Secured by Widevine® Technologies Content Security Solution


Cambridge, UK; Seattle, Wash. February 23, 2005: Amino Communications, provider of small, low cost, high functionality set-top boxes for IPTV, will begin securing its AmiNET500 PVR set-top boxes with the Cypher Virtual SmartCard™ from Widevine® Technologies, the largest provider of content security solutions to the video over IP market.

The AmiNET500 is the first PVR (Personal Video Recorder) for IPTV applications to be fully secured against unauthorized copying of digital content - a critical condition before content can be licensed for use on PVR enabled networks.

The AmiNET500 supports time-shifting, pause and trick-play of live material, instant-record, and instant replay, and scheduled record of up to two streams simultaneously. The AmiNET500 can also act as a home media server by providing RTSP video streams to one or more other set top boxes. All content transmitted using the Widevine Virtual SmartCard solution is stored on the disk in its original encrypted form.

Widevine Cypher's Application Level Encryption allows the encryption properties established by the service operator to persist while content is stored on the AmiNET500, or streamed to a secondary device within the home (such as another set top box). Content is not decrypted until consumed, allowing enforcement and enhancement of the CGMS-A (Content Generation Management System for Analog) robustness rules as they impact digital recorders like the AmiNET500.

"This integration is the industry's first extension of the service domain beyond the initial entry point into the home," stated Glenn Morten, VP of Engineering and CTO of Widevine, "this will allow the operator to expand their service to any consumer device containing an authorized Cypher Virtual SmartCard."

The Widevine Virtual SmartCard solution significantly lowers the costs of securing content over video networks while dramatically raising the bar on piracy. Today, the Virtual SmartCard is being deployed in broadband video projects throughout the world. The Widevine VOD security solution allows full protection of media throughout its distribution, is non-intrusive, and provides persistent encryption. The result is the secure storage of VOD titles on media servers, and secure distribution - right up to the point of play-out - without affecting trick play functions.

"As a condition of licensing, content owners frequently mandate that distribution networks implement conditional access and copy protection," said Roy Kirsopp, CEO of Amino Communications LLC. "By securing our AmiNET500 PVR with the Widevine security technology, our customers will now have the opportunity to obtain the highest quality, most current video content available."

"To take advantage of PVR capabilities with the content owner's blessing, better security technology is required," said Brian Baker, President and CEO of Widevine Technologies. "Our technology is designed for this application in that the content is encrypted transparently, which allows seamless operation without heavy interface to the DRM. In addition, it supports both files-based, or VOD, and live broadcast streams to the PVR."

About Widevine Technologies, Inc.

Widevine supplies a comprehensive suite of conditional access and digital rights enforcement products to Telco, Cable, and Satellite Operators enabling the deployment of Interactive Television services such as Digital Broadcast, VOD and PVR.

Widevine insures that the content that is watched is paid for and that it is only used for its intended purpose. Widevine's products secure video services (VOD, digital broadcast channels, etc.) over cable, satellite, xDSL (Telco), and Fiber optic networks. Comprised of world-class engineers and experts in security and encryption, and headquartered in Seattle, Widevine is the inventor of the Virtual SmartCard, a cost-effective method of securing high value content, including that produced by Hollywood. Widevine has one patent issued and 22 pending.

Widevine offers the Cypher™ Suite and implementation services enabling the operator to obtain premium On-Demand titles. Cypher Suite contains Patent pending technologies for VOD (Cypher VOD™), digital broadcast (Cypher Broadcast™), conditional access/digital rights management (Cypher CA™) and Digital Copy Protection™ (Cypher DCP™). For more information see Widevine Technologies at www.widevine.com.

About Amino Communications

Amino Communications (www.aminocom.com) is a designer and supplier of technology, 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.

For further information please contact:

For Widevine: Jim Carlson, President, Carlson & Co. Public Relations. 303.221.8133, jim@carlsoncopr.com

For Amino: 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

EMQ1176 - 23/02/2005