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Alpha Virtual and Oddcast to Add Collaborative Capabilities

New Features to be Added to Oddcast's Online VideoMixer and Karaoke Station Applications (December 06, 2001)
Alpha Virtual, Inc., a provider of real-time, peer-to-peer collaboration technology for the Internet, today announced a joint software development agreement with Oddcast, a provider of interactive media applications for entertainment, business, personal and educational needs.

Alpha Virtual's OneView technology will add multi-user collaboration to the Oddcast VideoMixer and Karaoke products, currently showcased on GetMusic.com, a Vivendi Universal company; Warner Bros.' Rock Star Karaoke; and on BET interactive, a division of Viacom's Black Entertainment Television. The enhanced features will allow users to share with their friends, in real-time, the experience of creating and viewing music videos and karaoke presentations.


"There is a large and rapidly growing market for an affordable, multi-user-friendly means of providing an interactive environment via the Internet," said Dan Mapes, CEO of Alpha Virtual. "Our joint software development project will give an added dimension to the Internet experience and will embrace the rapidly-emerging market for peer-to-peer collaboration among friends, family, and business associates."

"Following in-depth analysis of many technology providers and their offerings, Alpha Virtual clearly stood out as Oddcast's ideal partner in bringing collaborative, multi-user, music community experiences to our existing applications," said Adi Sideman, CEO of Oddcast. "Alpha Virtual also provides an added value as a possible revenue generator enabling us to potentially assess fees for a club membership which allows users to share experiences with those of like-minded passions."

About Alpha Virtual
Alpha Virtual, formerly Perceptronics, based in Los Angeles, develops and markets advanced technology for high-demand business environments. The company is leveraging its 20 years of experience in creating realistic military training simulations over high-speed networks to develop software products and services to connect the world through the Internet for communication, collaboration and advanced decision-making. Alpha Virtual's suite of products enables online, peer-to-peer multi-user experiences, to meet the growing demand for expanded interactivity through rich media formats. The collaborative products support streaming video and audio, various forms of text, animation and 3D simulations without additional user plug-ins or downloads. For more information, visit alphavirtual.com.

About Oddcast
Headquartered in New York City, Oddcast specializes in rich-media software applications that allow end-users or Web administrators to design and publish interactive multimedia such as music video clips, virtual hosts, and karaoke songs. Oddcast's clients include HBO, BET, Infinity Broadcasting, Warner Bros., Cablevision, the Government of Canada and Universal Music Group among others. For more information visit oddcast.com.

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