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Amino announces interoperability with industry's leading H.264 encoder vendors

AmiNET124 sets the standard for H.264 video rendering.

Cambridge, UK, 1 February 2006: Amino, leading IPTV software and consumer premises equipment provider, has taken another step towards making IPTV deployments easier and more efficient for Telcos. The company today confirmed that the award-winning H.264 AmiNET124 IP set-top box is fully compatible with the industry's leading H.264 (otherwise known as MPEG4-AVC) encoders. By ensuring full interoperability and high quality video rendering via the AmiNET124, IPTV service providers can deploy advanced H.264 services using any of the major encoding technologies within a much shorter time-frame.

The AmiNET124 was launched in June 2005, and in September won the Broadcast Engineering Pick Hit Award at IBC for its innovative, single-chip design and advanced performance, which lowers the cost of IPTV deployments. Prior to, and in the months following its launch, Amino has worked closely with both the leading middleware and encoder providers to ensure that the AmiNET124 is fully compatible with all elements of the IPTV system. Amino is pleased to announce that the set-top box has been certified to interoperate with H.264 encoded video from Harmonic, SkyStream, TANDBERG Television and Tut Systems.

"The AmiNET124's optimised software stack helps ensure that the picture quality of highly compressed digital video, such as that produced by Harmonic's DiviCom MV 100, is preserved across the IPTV delivery chain," said Thierry Fautier, Director of Telco Solutions Marketing at Harmonic Inc. "Validating and optimizing interoperability between our DiviCom MV 100 MPEG-4 AVC-enabled video encoder and the AmiNET124 expands the range of top quality, ready-to-deploy solutions available to IPTV service operators."

"Advanced compression technology is crucial in enabling operators to launch new IPTV services over bandwidth constrained networks. To truly deliver with high quality, advanced compression solutions need to be optimized from the video head end all the way into the home and we are delighted to support Amino as it brings MPEG-4 AVC innovation to the set-top-box sector," noted Tim Sheppard, IPTV Business Development Director, EMEA and APAC for TANDBERG Television.

The AmiNET124 is the company's first H.264 compatible set-top box available for Telco IPTV deployments. Cavalier Telephone, a Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC) in the USA and one of the industry's first commercially deployed MPEG-4 AVC IPTV solutions, has already selected the AmiNET124 for its IPTV service roll-out. "Amino has achieved a rapid time to market along with high quality with their AmiNET124 product," explained Mark Tiedeman, Vice President of Marketing for Tut Systems. "The market for MPEG4-AVC IPTV is growing very rapidly and by closely partnering with Amino, we can provide the most advanced services to our customers."

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About Amino

Amino Communications (www.aminocom.com) develops core software technologies and customer-premises products for the IPTV market, and partners with world-leading companies in content aggregation, middleware, conditional access, and head-end systems.

Amino software is designed to manage all types of digital content, enabling the provision of multiple services such as voice, data, broadcast TV, and on-demand services in a single consumer device. We also develop and supply the AmiNET family of digital set-top boxes, based on our software technology, which have been adopted by telecom service providers for broadband TV deployments worldwide. Building further on our core software, we also develop digital, on-demand TV systems specifically for the hotel and leisure industry.

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 Harmonic Inc.

Harmonic Inc. is a leading provider of digital video, broadband optical networking and IP delivery systems to cable, satellite, telecom and broadcast network operators. Harmonic's open standards-based solutions for the headend through the last mile enable customers to develop new revenue sources and a competitive advantage by offering powerful interactive video, voice and data services such as video-on-demand, high definition digital television, telephony and Internet access.

Harmonic (Nasdaq: HLIT) is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California with R&D, sales and system integration centres worldwide. The Company's customers, including many of the world's largest communications providers, deliver services in virtually every country. Visit www.harmonicinc.com for more information.

About SkyStream

SkyStream provides IP video delivery platforms that enable service providers to transform their business by offering IPTV and MPEG-4 video services. SkyStream's products—which include zBand™ content delivery software, Mediaplex-20™ and iPlex™ switched digital video headends and the Source Media Router series of IP encapsulation solutions—lower OPEX and CAPEX costs by 40 percent to 50 percent and optimise video delivery over any last mile network. SkyStream is the fastest-growing provider of IP video solutions with more than 300 customers. SkyStream's Web site can be found on the Internet at www.skystream.com.

About TANDBERG Television

TANDBERG Television's (Oslo:TAT.OL) open standards-based technology solutions enable new business models in the digital media market through the provision of high quality live, on-demand and interactive content. The company's customers include many of the major content owners, distributors and network operators around the world. For more information visit: http://www.tandbergtv.com

On November 15th 2005 TANDBERG Television completed its acquisition of GoldPocket Interactive, a leading provider of interactive television solutions based in Los Angeles, California. For more information visit: http://www.goldpocket.com

About Tut Systems, Inc.

Tut Systems is an industry leader enabling delivery of next-generation data and video services over broadband networks. More than 150 service providers worldwide use Tut's IPTV solutions to deliver video over xDSL, FTTH and HFC networks. Tut provides carrier-class content processing platforms and end-to-end IPTV solutions through its comprehensive integration services. Tut Systems is headquartered in Lake Oswego, and has regional offices across North America, Europe and Asia. For more information visit www.tutsys.com

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

Joanne Martin-Loat, Amino Communications
Buckingway Business Park, Anderson Road, Swavesey, Cambridge, CB4 5UQ.
+44 (0)1954 234 100, www.aminocom.com