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Front Porch Digital and Telestream Form Global Partnership

To integrate Flipfactory with DIVArchive for digital media archiving (October 14, 2004)

Front Porch Digital, Inc., soon to be known as Incentra Solutions, Inc. and Telestream, Inc. today jointly announced an exclusive agreement under which Front Porch Digital will license Telestreams FlipFactory transcoding automation software for integration with the Companys DIVArchive, Distributed Intelligent Video Archive solution. This product combination produces seamless digital media archiving and interoperability solutions for the global broadcast industry. The enhanced Front Porch Digital offering will provide essential functionality that is critical to digital broadcast operations worldwide. A reciprocal joint marketing strategy to extend the global sales capabilities of both companies products was also announced.

The development between Telestream and Front Porch Digital will be a joint effort to ensure tight integration between their software products. Telestreams FlipFactory is regarded as the industry-standard workflow automation application for the digital broadcast facility. The solution provides automated media transcoding and file-based exchange between more formats and broadcast systems than any other solution currently available.

?We are pleased to be partnering with Telestream, the established leader in broadcast transcoding automation solutions, said Mike Knaisch, president of Front Porch Digital Broadcast and Media Services Division. ?We chose FlipFactory because of the products broad format support and ease of integration, along with the companys support and reputation in the industry. Leveraging Telestreams expertise in file conversion and transfer technology exclusively within DIVArchive, not only further differentiates our archive management solution, it assures our broadcast customers optimal interoperability and operational efficiency now and in the future.

The exclusive licensing agreement positions Front Porch Digital as the only archive company that will be allowed use of the Telestream FlipFactory API for integration into archive management solutions for the global broadcast sector. The exclusive agreement enables Front Porch Digital to provide a highly competitive offering for broadcast operations. The integrated offering enables broadcasters to seamlessly exchange content between virtually all leading professional video systems, such as video servers, edit systems, SANs and the DIVArchive solution. For example, it will allow broadcasters, to seamlessly transfer media files in and out of an Avid Unity online network storage environment.

?Were excited to be aligning with Front Porch Digital, the leading archive management company which shares a common deep understanding of the complex broadcast workflow, said Dan Castles, president and CEO of Telestream. ?We look forward to working closely together to ensure optimal integration and to recommend Front Porch Digital archive solutions where appropriate to meet the needs of our broadcast customers in these complex environments.

Front Porch Digital expects the integrated Telestream/Front Porch Digital solution will be available for general use in the first quarter, 2005. Front Porch Digital will also continue to offer and support its proprietary BitScream transcoding middleware to existing customers and those with specialized requirements which cannot otherwise be met by the Telestream solution.

About Telestream (<>)
Telestream products have set the standard with the worlds leading media and entertainment companies, corporations and government institutions for the encoding, organizing and delivery of digital media. Customers rely on Telestream products for convenient, cost-effective, and robust digital media access and exchange over IP networks. ClipMail MPEG appliances enable peer-to-peer worldwide media delivery. FlipFactory software applications provide universal transcoding and metadata exchange between professional video systems. Telestream MAP media organizers enable workgroups to capture, find, organize, repurpose, and share video/audio files. Telestreams automation applications and smart media organization solutions streamline workflows for broadcasters and media companies, as well as content owners and creators in government, higher education and corporate markets. Telestream and its team of video experts are located in Nevada City, the ?video valley region of Northern California. The company is privately held.

About Front Porch Digital (<>)
Front Porch Digital, Inc., soon to be known as Incentra Solutions, Inc., is a supplier of storage management products and services to broadcasters, media companies, mid-sized enterprises and IT service providers worldwide. The Front Porch Digital Broadcast and Media Services Division (<>) is a leader in providing unique software, services and integrated hardware solutions for digital archive management to broadcasters and media companies worldwide. The Companys ManagedStorage International subsidiary (<>) helps organizations control storage management costs by providing outsourced data protection and guaranteed data management services to enterprise and service provider customers across all types of storage systems, both on-site and remotely.


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Related Keywords:Front Porch Digital, Telestream, Flipfactory, archiving, Incentra Solutions, transcoding, DIVArchive, workflow automation, Mike Knaisch, file conversion, Dan Castles, BitScream,

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