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WorldGate Adds ITV Companies to Certified Developer Program

Six New Partners Join the Program Bringing the Total to 26 Members (October 02, 2001)
WorldGate today announced the addition of six new members to its Certified Developer Program (CDP), which includes a select group of specialized companies dedicated to providing well-designed, meaningful content for interactive TV (ITV) subscribers.

The CDP program now has a total of 26 partners working with WorldGate to expand its ITV platform.


WorldGate's Certified Developer Program was established in November 2000 with fourteen charter members from ITV content design and application development companies. In January 2001, these charter members were joined by six additional companies; focused on the creation of ITV tools, advertising and programming applications, and general design elements.

The newest group of CDP members includes: Concero, Digital Wave, D4 Creative Group, [kpe], SpinTV, and Standard Alliance Corporation.

These new CDP member companies have established relationships with an impressive list of clients that include: AT&T Broadband, Comcast, HBO, Hitachi American, New Line Cinema, and Rainbow Media.

Recognizing the industry wide need for quality interactive content, designed for the television platform, WorldGate hand picked this exclusive group, which is now comprised of:

ARTiFACT

Beyond Z Interactive Media

Blue Zone

Centerseat

Commerce.TV

Concero

CYLO

Digital Wave

D4 Creative Group

Enlighten

ExtendMedia

Filter Media

Flying Colors Interactive

Intellocity USA

[kpe]

MetaTV

Mixed Signals Technologies

Proteus

PushyBroad

RANDOM/ORDER

Respond TV

Spiderdance

Spin TV

Standard Alliance Corporation

Steeplechase Media

[+]iTV

All of WorldGate's CDP partners go through a detailed initial screening to determine how to best apply their services to the program. Each CDP member is also required to complete training and certification processes to ensure that the developers and application designers meet WorldGate's high-quality and functionality standards and all must comply with open cable standards.

Qualified interactive content developers can apply for membership or obtain additional information by contacting WorldGate.

"Our goal with the Certified Developer Program is to assist our service distributors and content developer partners in developing the best interactive TV content utilizing our standards based platform. We now have an elite group of members that have extensive experience in the ITV industry. This group of extremely talented companies will work with advertisers, programmers, operators and WorldGate in helping to bring value to interactive television," said Bud Breheney, vice president, WorldGate Media Services.

About Concero
Concero Inc. (NASDAQ: CERO) is a broadband services firm committed to transforming business through the creative application of new technologies. Concero builds and deploys Interactive Television Applications, Content Management Solutions and Customer Portals.

The company's products enable clients to offer new revenue producing services such as entertainment-on-demand, enhanced television, and targeted interactive advertising while simultaneously streamlining operations.

Concero possesses delivery capabilities for supporting Interactive Television Solutions.

In conjunction with Motorola's Horizon and Scientific-Atlanta's CreativeEdge developers programs, Concero maintains development centers with specialized equipment and deep technical expertise that enables development of cross-platform applications that run on Divicom, Motorola and Scientific-Atlanta head-ends and set-top boxes.

These assets combined with our dedicated and experienced team of interactive TV consultants and software engineers offer our clients substantial cost savings and rapid time-to-market benefits.

About Digital Wave
Digital Wave Technologies, Inc. ("Digital Wave") is a full-service source of web solutions, specializing in creating effective online business tools and applications through unique approaches to design, content, and technology. These solutions are specifically designed to meet client objectives for digital communication, publishing, and commerce.

They are developed through today's interactive technologies, content development, and standards of effective communications. They factor in every aspect from up-front needs analysis to the design for future maintenance and expansion, and they take form in visually dynamic, highly professional web-based solutions.

In addition to its work in various iTV initiatives for WorldGate and other iTV platforms, Digital Wave provides traditional web site and application development for customers such as K'NEX, PerkinElmer, Datanomix, Covanta Energy Corporation, Electronic Data Systems Corporation, Ravisent Technologies, Kulicke & Soffa, Sumisho Computer Systems, MedImmune and West Corporation.

About D4 Creative Group
D4 Creative Group is a full service, integrated advertising agency, providing strategic creative marketing solutions to a wide range of clients, including a variety of companies within the telecommunications industry.

D4's "in-house" capabilities include the creation, development and production of high quality TV, Interactive, Print and Radio.

Over the past 10 years, D4 has developed a number of multi-tactical advertising campaigns for the countries leading MSO's, including Comcast, AT&T Broadband, Time Warner, and more, as well as for related companies like @Home, WorldGate, HBO and Rainbow programming.

Their proven success in delivering traditional advertising solutions to the telecommunications industry, coupled with their award winning Interactive work, clearly positions D4 Creative Group as a future leader in Interactive Advertising.

About [kpe]
Founded in 1996, [kpe] creates interactive and digital solutions for Media and Entertainment companies and top consumer lifestyle brands. [kpe] offers clients strategic planning and technology-driven marketing communications including integrated digital design and creative services, Web site development, interactive and on-air television broadcasting initiatives, original content creation and interactive game development.

[kpe] applies its unique industry expertise to create, promote and extend businesses and brands across multiple platforms. ADWEEK Magazine recently honored [kpe] with its highest rating among all interactive agencies surveyed. [kpe] is headquartered in New York, with locations in Los Angeles and London. For more information visit kpe.com.

About Spin TV
SpinTV, Inc is a leading interactive television (ITV) software company offering the SpinTV Studio Suite; a software application built to allow content developers to leverage the skills and tools that they already use to produce content. From conceptualization to deployment, the SpinTV Studio Suite enables developers to build ITV content applications throughout all production phases.

About Standard Alliance Corporation
Standard Alliance Corporation has been producing pioneering iTV content since January 2000. The company creates applications and interfaces using a proprietary methodology founded on the idea that iTV should not replace the PC but should actively enhance the relationship between television content and its viewers.

Standard Alliance has aired iTV applications nationally in the United States for clients such as HBO, New Line Cinema and Rock the Vote. The company has also done groundbreaking prototype work on all major iTV platforms.

About WorldGate
WorldGate Communications, Inc., a real-time interactive cable TV service provider, offers the cable industry a full line of Internet based, hi-speed interactive and enhanced television services. WorldGate's CableWare, is an open-standards middleware platform designed for current generation and advanced digital converters.

It supports interactive applications, VOD, electronic guides, Internet TV and enhanced TV. CableWare's eTV application provides viewers synchronized graphic overlays to live video and instant access to related programming and advertising Web sites.

WorldGate is deployed or has agreements to deploy its service with 59 cable systems in 13 countries worldwide, including five of the top six MSOs in the U.S.

WorldGate is a partner with Adelphia Communications Corp., Charter Communications Inc., Comcast Cable Communications Inc., and Cox Communications Inc. in a joint venture called TVGateway to provide interactive programming and advertising for digital cable.

WorldGate is traded on NASDAQ under the symbol WGAT. More information on WorldGate can be accessed at wgate.com.

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