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(STELLAR-ONE) Stellar One's Netris 3000 Video Browser Terminal to Support Microsoft NetShow Theater Server (Business Wire; 07/07/98) Business Editors SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 7, 1998-- "NetShow Theater Server to provide broadcast quality video over dedicated networks via Stellar One Video Browser Terminal (Set-Top Box)" Stellar One Corporation, a leading provider in digital set-top video browser terminals, today announced that it will incorporate support for Microsoft NetShow Theater Server into its family of Netris(tm) 3000 Video Browser(tm) Terminals. NetShow Theater Server support is scheduled for sometime in the fourth quarter, 1998. Microsoft's NetShow Theater Server will provide broadcast-quality video over dedicated LANs or ATM networks via a Stellar One Netris 3000. NetShow Theater Server is built on a highly scalable, fault-tolerant architecture that provides full-screen, full-motion video on demand. Users play content with the new Microsoft Windows Media Player. On the client side, Stellar One's Netris 3000 is a set-top video browser terminal, or network access device (intelligent network terminal) that acts as an interface between the Microsoft NetShow Theater Server and the television. The Netris 3000 connects to a very high- speed (broadband) 2-way network, which can deliver high quality video conferencing, telemedicine, audio, distance learning, and guest services. Like Stellar One's Netris 3000, NetShow Theater Server is ideally suited to customers such as hotels, airlines, and organizations that want to build video kiosks or LAN-based video training centers. "The Netris 3000 allows enterprise network owners to rapidly deploy new interactive and broadband applications. The plug-and-play nature of these products enables network owners to migrate to new connection technologies, including, Ethernet, ATM Forum 25.6, and xDSL with little impact to the user," said Steve Voit, executive vice president of marketing for Stellar One Corporation. "The Netris 3000 provides a great set-top box solution for the Microsoft NetShow Theater Server," said Gary Schare, lead product manager for Windows NT Server NetShow Services, Microsoft Corp. "It enables our customers to view high- quality video as it is streamed from our server. We are very pleased to be working with Stellar One to deliver a new, broadband platform for interactive multimedia services." Netris 3000 Video Browser Terminal Today's cable TV set-top boxes can be thought of as a tuner for programming that is selected from a "river of data" flowing down the cable TV wire, much like a TV tuner selects programming broadcast over the air. The Netris 3000 set- top appliance however, is a network access device (intelligent network terminal) that acts as an interface between the server and television, or the PC. It has a CPU and the necessary software built in. The Netris 3000 connects to a very high-speed (broadband) 2-way network, which means that a user "requests" and receives information on demand, such as a movie or web page. Among all the other service related functionality (e.g., Internet services access and usability) the Netris 3000 provides similar functionality as the VCR in that you can play, rewind/fast forward, stop, and return to your movie -- on your schedule -- over the network without having to go to the store. Acting as a "Gateway" to your home or office, The Netris 3000 family of products enables interactive services for both the consumer and commercial enterprises. For the consumer, applications including video-on-demand, video archival/retrieval (time-shifted video), and home shopping will tap new forms of entertainment and deliver cinematically appealing video. For commercial applications, enterprises will enjoy, high quality video conferencing, telemedicine, online learning and distance training, guest services, and PC connectivity for the small-office. Both consumers and enterprises alike will benefit from new and improved applications such as high-speed Internet access, video phone, security/surveillance systems, and video mail. For content developers, the Netris family of Video Browser Terminals reduces initial investment of application development time, and ongoing operations through modular network interfaces, modular software, and industry standards adherence, making it the most cost-effective set-top appliance on the market today. The Netris 3000 allows enterprise network owners to rapidly deploy new interactive and broadband applications. The plug-and-play nature of these products enables network owners to migrate to new connection technologies, including, Ethernet, ATM Forum 25.6, and xDSL with little impact to the user. About Stellar One Stellar One Corporation is a leading developer and provider of digital terminals, software, and consulting services that enable network owners and information service providers to deploy Internet, video, and other consumer and business information services over new high-speed and high-volume "broadband" telecommunications networks (Interactive Broadband Services). Stellar One offers network operators, equipment providers, and consumer electronic companies a family of products consisting of network interfaces, set-top video browser terminals, embedded technology, software, and integration and maintenance services. Stellar One's products are used in successful high- visibility interactive trials in several U.S. cities in California and Virginia and internationally in Italy, Korea, Singapore, and Venezuela. Located in Redmond, WA, Stellar One Corporation is a privately owned company. For more information on Stellar One please call 425/497-3070 or visit www.stellar.com. STELLAR is a registered trademark and Netris and Video Browser are trademarks of Stellar One Corporation. All other names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
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