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Streambuster and Microsoft Unveil VOD System For Europe

New Web-Based Video-on-Demand and Time-Shifting Services Built On Windows 2000 Server and Windows Media Technologies (October 23, 2001)
Streambuster Technologies and Microsoft Corp. today unveiled Streambuster's Version II, offering streamed and downloadable video programming, including on-demand, full-length major motion pictures, on-air television broadcasts, and customized time-shifting streaming video services.

Now broadband consumers can have the power to personalize and control when they can view streaming video of their favorite on-air television programs. Streambuster offers a way for broadband Internet providers to deliver on-demand entertainment to broadband-connected PCs and to next-generation set-top boxes as they are deployed for the rapidly growing number of broadband consumers in Scandinavia and elsewhere in Europe. IDC's April 2001 report projects broadband access among consumers in Western Europe will grow 256 percent in 2001 to nearly 5 million users. In 2004, the Internet broadband audience is expected to comprise 34 million households.

Streambuster's new Version II combines developments in broadband technology with state-of-the-art digital media technologies from Microsoft. The service can be accessed via a normal television connected to an intelligent set-top box or via a PC connected to the Internet. Through a dynamic interface, users select the movies they want to watch, pay for the digital content online, and stream or download their selection.

Developed using Windows 2000 Server and Windows Media digital rights management (DRM) technology, Streambuster's custom payment system gives individual users the right to watch their selection for a defined period. All movies are delivered in Windows Media Video, offering near-DVD video quality at rates as low as 500 Kbps, and consumers can have all the same features they expect from their VCR or DVD, such as pause, rewind, fast-forward and scene selections.

Streambuster has already begun to deploy Version II with telecoms, including Cirque, Bredbandsbolaget Denmark, Telia and Semco, reaching up to 200,000 broadband users across Denmark.

Streambuster Technologies has entered content distribution and cooperation agreements for pilot test projects to distribute libraries of more than 400 films. In addition, the company has agreements with Danish CopyDan allowing Streambuster to pioneer the Internet distribution of 30 national and international on-air TV channels. Distribution rights include such stations as German "Sat1" and "RTL," Turkish "Show TV," and Danish "DR1" and "TV2."

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