Carnival Begins CruiseView Retrofit On Existing Ship

09:55 a.m. Jan 19, 1999 Eastern

ALPHARETTA, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 19, 1999--The Network Connection, Inc. (TNCi) (NASDAQ:TNCX) announced today that Carnival Cruise Lines, the world's largest cruise line, has released an order under a four-year contract announced in September 1998 for the installation and maintenance of CruiseView(R), TNCi's advanced interactive television entertainment system, for immediate retrofit installation on an existing Carnival Cruise Lines ship in commercial use.

According to Wil Riner, TNCi Chairman and CEO, "We are excited as a first step to be able to retrofit all passenger cabins on an existing Carnival ship with the all-digital CruiseView product."

The CruiseView all-digital system can support personal interactive entertainment and video/audio on demand, shopping, multi-player games, gambling, shore excursion/event booking, Internet and business services, all simultaneously, independently and with full user control via a wireless television remote control in each cabin or information kiosks throughout the ship. CruiseView can also provide interactive training for crew cabins or shared areas at the same time.

Carnival Cruise Lines is the world's largest cruise line based on passengers carried. The line currently operates 13 ships and has five more vessels under construction slated for delivery over the next four years, representing an investment of approximately $2.1 billion.

TNCi, designs, manufactures and distributes the Cheetah(R) family of video server platforms that enable the storage and delivery of up to 700 hours of digital video/audio data to up to 300 simultaneous video/audio users over local area networks. Cheetah(R) servers are used to bring interactive, on-demand, full-motion video training, education and entertainment to the networked client computers in the corporate, home, educational and cruise ship (CruiseView 1/8R 3/8), aircraft (AirView 1/8R 3/8), train (TrainView 1/8tm 3/8) and hotel (InnView 1/8tm 3/8) travel related entertainment and transport environments.

Information about Carnival is easily accessible through the World Wide Web at ( and for TNCi at (

Statements in this press release that are not descriptions of historical facts may be forward-looking statements, as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including economic, competitive and technological factors affecting the Company's operations, markets, products, services and prices, unforeseeable delays in delivery and installation or the failure to execute further definitive orders on favorable terms or at all for the program identified above, as well as other specific factors discussed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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