Joint Solution with NEO Index to Deploy Residential VoD Services for VIC TOKAI



[USPRwire, Fri Mar 03 2006] Streaming21, Inc., a leader in broadcast-quality media streaming solutions, today announced the success of a joint residential VoD service with NEO Index, Japan’s largest VoD content provider for VIC TOKAI CORPORATION. VIC TOKAI CORPORATION will be the first cable operator in Japan to commercially launch residential VoD services utilizing IP network through CATV, with assured bandwidth to guarantee high quality pictures. Various interactive TV applications such as on-line games, karaoke on demand and learning on demand will be the next focus for future service expansions.

With combined solution offering of Streaming21’s carrier-class streaming solutions and NEO Index’s attractive contents, this service has been successfully deployed to the whole areas of VIC TOKAI CORPORATION’s CATV service to millions of households in Japan. This service characterizes that user can enjoy high quality images provided by assured bandwidth telecommunication service with bit rate of 5 Mbps in the downstream direction and 0.5 Mbps in the upstream direction on TV set at home. From the NEO Index’s collection of more than 3,000 titles such as foreign, Japanese movies, animation, culture and education programs including those of Hollywood major studios, 1,000 selected latest and library movies will be available on pay-per-view from 100 yen to 400 yen (without tax) per title. With flat basic monthly user fees of 4,980 yen, all titles from selected 100 contents will be also available for an unlimited time.

”As the overall market for broadband TV services continues to accelerate in Asia, Streaming21 is well positioned to meet its customer demands,” said Atsushi Nirei, President of NEO Index Corporation. “Streaming21 has deep industry know-how, rapid execution capabilities and many successful VoD project experiences with proven track records. We are pleased to co-work with Streaming21 to deploy this important residential VoD services.”

Dr. Joe Lin, President and CEO of Streaming21 said, “This successful project further strengthens
Streaming21’s continued commitment to working with NEO Index, Japan’s leading VoD service provider, to create appealing home entertainment that will attract customers and add tremendous values to operators.” He added, “VIC TOKAI CORPORATION represents one of the most exciting successful stories in Japan's VoD market and serves as a great role model for other operators that are considering iTV services.”

Streaming21 is bringing on a new wave of IPTV ecosystem. Its award-winning solution and industry-leading partners ensure a successful and immediate adoption of IPTV services. The company has delivered its solutions to leading broadband carriers and service providers, such as KT in South Korea, Chunghwa Telecom in Taiwan, as well as NTT in Japan, Tokyo Electrical Power Company, NEO Index Corporation, VIC TOKAI CORPORATION and GEO-BB in Japan. With an impressive customer list of worldwide carriers and broadband service providers, Streaming21 continues to experience strong growth by delivering innovative entertainment-on-demand services for worldwide operators.

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About Streaming21
Streaming21's broadcast and media-on-demand software solutions deliver broadcast-quality video and audio over IP networks. Streaming21 is recognized as the ‘winner of 2005 Red Herring Asia Top 100 companies’ recently. Built upon a revolutionary architecture, for which nine patents have been filed. Streaming21's solution enables the deployment of rich-media services with carrier-class scalability, 24/7 operations, and broadcast-quality delivery. The solution uses open standard hardware to lower the total cost of the solution and its software is optimized to support more users and media files with fewer servers as well as less storage, and personnel. The platform is open and flexible to readily integrate value-added services. To learn more about Streaming21's solutions and industry leading partners, please call +886-2-2500-0680 or visit www.streaming21.com.

About NEO Index
NEO Index is a pioneer and the Japan’s largest contents provider in the VOD industry and, in the unique VOD broadband digital rental video service solution of “Nextensive VOD”, not only provides attractive contents but also propose, implement and operate hardware, server and middleware of multimedia telecommunication system. NEO Index has concluded license agreement with Hollywood major studios including Sony Pictures Entertainment, Warner Bros., Walt Disney, and many other domestic contents suppliers. The number of titles counts over 3,000 at the end of December, 2005. NEO Index provides service to a variety of places such as ISPs, condominiums/hotels, hospitals, karaoke rooms, and Internet café, amusement parks, etc. To learn more about this service, please visit www.neoinc.jp.
About VIC TOKAI CORPORATION
VIC TOKAI CORPORATION is one of the largest Internet service providers in Japan. Its patent company, TOKAI CO. Ltd is the dominant supplier of LP gas in Japan and at the same time the 4th largest MSO (Multiple Service Operator) in CATV operations. TOKAI is comprised of approximately 20 group companies all involved in diversified activities from energy, real estate, home security, insurance, EC, ASP, to Internet CATV services. In the field of communications, VIC TOKAI is currently installing an all optical fiber backbone network around the Greater Tokyo area, Shizuoka prefecture and Nagoya area, which will be used to facilitate CATV backbone and Internet services. To learn more about VIC TOKAI CORPORATION, please visit www.victokai.co.jp.

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