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IMAGIC INFOMEDIA TECHNOLOGY: CNN News now available free to Hong Kong's PowerPhone users
(M2 Presswire; 07/17/98)

 available free to Hong Kong's PowerPhone users (C)1994-98 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD

 -- Multimedia payphone system maintains innovation edge with addition of CNN 
 News Updates

    iMagic Infomedia Technology Limited and Turner International Inc. today 
 signed a joint licensing agreement involving CNN Interactive, the world's 
 leader in online news and information, and PowerPhone, iMagic's multimedia 
 enhanced public payphone and information system. Through this first-of-its-kind 
 agreement, the public can now access CNN Interactive content for free on the 
 touchscreen interface of PowerPhone units installed in the new Hong Kong 
 International Airport -- the world's first airport to provide an interactive 
 touchscreen multimedia payphone service.

    CNN Interactive will offer PowerPhone users a variety of reports and 
 features, including Asia Pacific, world, science and technology, and 
 entertainment news, a continuous headlines ticker; and access news summaries on 
 the 335 PowerPhone units throughout the Hong Kong International Airport.

    The introduction of the award-winning CNN Interactive's content on the 
 PowerPhone interface is the latest addition to the value-added services offered 
 on PowerPhone, which include: local and long distance calls; advertising; 
 electronic directories; home direct operator service; and detailed information 
 on its latest site provider, Hong Kong's new 516,000 square metre airport.

    PowerPhone provides all-in-one payment capability, including coin as well as 
 credit card, smart card, contactless card, and prepaid calling card payment 

    "We are very pleased to provide another innovative, value-added service on 
 PowerPhone," said Dorothy Tsang, chief executive of Magic. "With the addition 
 of CNN, the world's leading news brand, PowerPhone becomes even more beneficial 
 for the travelling public. Already, PowerPhone in the new airport serves as a 
 mini-business centre, with its combination of telephony and e-business 
 applications like fax, e-mail, and a datajack for a laptop and PC connection. 
 This is another step we've taken in creating a single point of access for the 
 convenience of busy travellers.

    "The iMagic PowerPhone is an excellent new medium for dissemination of CNN's 
 news," said Mark Bernstein, vice president and general manager, CNN 
 Interactive. "The key locations of the PowerPhone units make the latest news 
 available to our users when they are travelling.

    "We are excited that CNN is delivering its excellent content on this 
 groundbreaking distribution platform here in Hong Kong," said Kevin Cohen, vice 
 president, network distribution, North Asia for Turner International Asia 
 Pacific Ltd. "This affiliation with iMagic confirms CNN's leadership in 
 providing news content to new distribution platforms and is a strong example of 
 the far-reaching possibilities of news distribution in the future."

    The Hong Kong Government Bureau of Information Technology and Broadcasting 
 has expressed appreciation of the development of the innovative PowerPhone 
 payphone system by the locally based iMagic. In addition, the Bureau was 
 pleased to learn of iMagic's new business development with Turner 

    "The joint licensing agreement with an international news agency to provide 
 up-to-date information on what is happening around the globe is a clear 
 demonstration that we are an integral part of the global village," said K. C. 
 Kwong, secretary for IT and Broadcasting.

    In Hong Kong, iMagic has granted New World Telephone (NWT) the exclusive 
 right to deploy PowerPhone as a public and infomercial service. Since adopting 
 PowerPhone, NWT consistently won highly competitive bids for major sites. 
 PowerPhone is the exclusive payphone service available in the Kowloon-Canton 
 Railway stations and the new Hong Kong International Airport. The newly opened 
 airport at Chek Lap Kok is expected to be one of the world's busiest airports, 
 with a capacity to handle more than 35 million passengers a year. PowerPhone is 
 also available in the Mass Transit Railway stations, Hong Kong Convention and 
 Exhibition Centre, and at key tourist locations throughout the Special 
 Administrative Region.

    Editor's Notes

    About iMagic Infomedia Technology Limited

    iMagic Infomedia Technology Ltd. is an innovative leader in the multimedia 
 payphone industry. iMagic's mission is to merge technology with creativity to 
 deliver customised multimedia strategies to. corporations around the world. 
 iMagic strives to provide customers with cost-effective solutions that generate 
 greater sources of revenue while providing users with greater ease of use and 
 enjoyment. Developing products and services of superior value for both clients 
 and users, Magic has selected a leading ISO 9001 certified OEM manufacturer in 
 Japan to provide manufacturing support.

    About New World Telephone

    New World Telephone is formed jointly by New World Development Group and 
 INFA Telecom of Hong Kong. Fusing the formers powerful corporate resources with 
 the latter's marketing and technical excellence, NWT provides a comprehensive 
 range of telecommunications services including fixed, mobile, local and long 
 distance communication services to individuals and corporations.

    About CNN Interactive

    CNN Interactive produces six of the eight CNN Web sites, as well as 
 distributing CNN news content via other distribution platforms such as PageNet 
 pagers, PointCast and AirMedia. The CNN Web sites generate more traffic and 
 attract more unduplicated Internet users than any other company's general news 
 and information Web sites. The CNNWeb sites, which averaged 85 million page 
 impressions per week during June 1998, consist of;, a unit of 
 CNN financial News;, a joint sports site with Sports Illustrated;, a U.S. political news site produced in conjunction with TIME 
 magazine; CNN CustomNews, a personalised news service operated with Oracle 
 technology;; and Svenska CNN, a Swedish-
 language news site produced with Telia.

    About Turner International

    Turner International is the arm of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS) 
 charged with the sales and marketing of the Company's news and entertainment 
 programming outside the United States. TBS Inc., a subsidiary of Time Warner 
 Inc., is a major producer of news and entertainment around the world and the 
 leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry in the United 

    CONTACT: David Kim, iMagic Infomedia Technology Ltd Tel: +44 (0)118 966 8421 
 e-mail: [email protected] Kirsty Tewes/Alex Miller, The Weber Group Europe 
 Tel: +44 (0)171 240 6189 e-mail: [email protected]


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