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FOX Builds Excitement With TANDBERG HD Equipment

Super Bowl and Daytona 500 events to be broadcast in 720p HD (February 04, 2005)

TANDBERG Television announced today that its HD encoding and multiplexing excellence will be at the heart of FOXs coverage of two major U.S. sporting events in February: Super Bowl XXXIX (this Sunday, February 6) and the Daytona 500, also dubbed the ?Great American Race (Sunday, February 20). FOX will use four SD/HD multiplexes, featuring TANDBERG Television E5770 SD and E5780 HD MPEG-2 encoders, to transmit both events to affiliates around the country in native 720p HD, the gold standard for HD sports production. The complete TANDBERG system, installed in September 2004, includes five SD/HD combination MPEG-2 encoding systems with statistical multiplexing.

The launch of the complete TANDBERG Television SD/HD multiplex distribution system has been central to FOXs successful transmission of sports programming in 720p HD since last September. On Sundays throughout this NFL season, the bandwidth-efficient systems allowed FOX to transmit up to six games in HD over satellite to affiliates around the country. Viewers of FOX in HD will see the crystal-clear TANDBERG encoding, further strengthened by FOXs unique MPEG distribution architecture wherein FOX stations do not decode and re-compress the network signal but pass it seamlessly through to their audience.

?TANDBERG Television has delivered on its promise of bandwidth management and premium encoding performance with our SD/HD distribution, the first of its kind in U.S. broadcasting, said Jim DeFilippis, Senior Vice President of Television Engineering, FOX Technology Group. ?The confidence we have in this technology puts us at ease as we prepare for our 720p HD broadcasts of these major NFL and NASCAR events.

FOX will deploy remote vehicles and uplink services to the event sites, complete with TANDBERG encoding and monitoring equipment for contribution to fiber and satellite. Once received at the FOX Network Center in Los Angeles, the programming will be sent into the SD/HD multiplex and distributed to FOX affiliates. TANDBERG TT1280 HD decoders will be used to monitor the network HD feed at affiliates to verify video and audio quality, captioning and other attributes. The end-to-end distribution chain will be monitored over a TANDBERG Television nCompass system at network headquarters, providing operators with a complete view of the operational health of all system components.

?A recent poll from ICR/International Communications Research conducted for Comcast Cable found that 34 percent of male respondents selected watching the Super Bowl in HD as the most important enjoyment factor in watching the game. TANDBERG Television is proud of its involvement in these historical broadcasts at a time when HDTV is exploding in the United States, said Matthew Goldman, Director of Technology, TANDBERG Television. ?We believe that our encoding and compression technology is the highest quality MPEG-2 choice today for distributing multiple SD and HD channels within a single multiplex, and FOXs success throughout this NFL season proves that. By using our multiplex system to transmit Super Bowl XXXIX and the Daytona 500, FOX is raising the bar in terms of quality in sports broadcasting.

About TANDBERG Television
TANDBERG Television (Oslo: TAT) creates products and systems for the delivery of high quality live video and on demand content across cable, DSL, fiber, IP, satellite and terrestrial networks. Recognized as a market leader, the company provides systems integration and global support capabilities through its sales and 24-hour support operations in the Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe. TANDBERG Televisions customers include many of the major broadcasters, network operators and content owners around the world.

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