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Ananova to be Streamed to PDA With PacketVideo Technology

PacketVideo's Mobile Software Infrastructure, PVPlatform, Brings Ananova's Real-time News Service to Wireless PDAs (October 22, 2001)
Ananova -- the world's first personal news assistant -- and PacketVideo Corporation today announced a partnership to deliver Ananova's real-time news and information service to PDA users across the globe.

This means people can see Ananova read the news wherever they are.


Ananova is presently trialing PacketVideo's wireless multimedia software products in preparation for the launch of its real-time video news service on Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs).

Ananova entered the Guinness Book of Records in 2000 as the world's first virtual newscaster. She delivers up-to-the minute news on over 3,500 topics using a unique combination of computer animation, text-to-speech and real-time information systems. PacketVideo's software products will enable Ananova to deliver the latest video news highlights to PDA users.

"We evaluated several mobile multimedia technology companies before selecting PacketVideo," said Andrew Burgess, operations director of Ananova. "I'm pleased that we have found in PacketVideo a technology provider that is as committed as we are to delivering the best wireless information services to consumers and business users wherever they are."

Ananova will be using PVPlatform(TM), PacketVideo's mobile streaming software system, to encode, distribute, and play the Ananova news service on PDAs. PacketVideo's technology is network independent and standards compliant, allowing Ananova to seamlessly distribute over GPRS and UMTS networks as they come on stream.

"We are thrilled to be working with one of Europe's strongest brands in new media, bringing news content alive via mobile multimedia," said Jim Cook, general manager of PacketVideo Europe. "Ananova's news service is one of the leading mobile multimedia applications available today and we look forward to ensuring that Ananova and its customers receive the best possible multimedia experience."

About Ananova
Ananova is the world's first personal news assistant -- tell her what you're interested in and she will send you the latest news direct to your in-box, PDA, or WAP phone. So, wherever you are you can always be kept up-to-date with the news you care about. Access Ananova online at www.ananova.com, on your WAP phone at wap.ananova.com or PDA at pda.ananova.com.

Ananova Ltd is owned by the Orange Group of Companies and occupies a central position in the UK's new media industry. It is the leading provider of ready-for-publication packages of news, sports, event listings and other information for web sites and interactive services.

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