SOURCE: Avail Media

August 14, 2008 09:00 ET

Avail Media Expands Executive Team With Brian Matthews as Chief Strategy Officer

RESTON, VA--(Marketwire - August 14, 2008) - Avail Media, the leading provider of profitable IPTV solutions, today expanded its executive team with the addition of Brian Matthews as Chief Strategy Officer. Matthews will be responsible for directing the company's marketing and strategic efforts.

"The addition of Brian to our executive team reflects Avail Media's continued growth plans and focus on providing world-class services to our customers," said Ramu Potarazu, Chief Executive Officer of Avail Media. "His hiring also reflects Avail's desire to expand our company's scope from a service provider of a traditional television experience to new media applications."

Matthews brings more than 18 years of leadership, management, and technology experience to Avail Media, including extensive involvement in strategy marketing, sales, and business development in the global technology and telecommunications industries.

Matthews succeeds Diane Smith, President of Strategy and Business Affairs, who is leaving Avail Media at the end of August to pursue other entrepreneurial opportunities.

"I'm excited to be joining such a great team, with the right assets, during this critical inflection point for the digital media industry," said Matthews. "I look forward to working with the Avail team to extend our market leadership in delivering managed infrastructure services to existing and emerging multichannel service providers."

Prior to joining Avail Media, Matthews was vice president of enterprise and industry solutions marketing for VeriSign, Inc. In his tenure at VeriSign, Matthews also held a variety of executive leadership roles in both functional and operational capacities. He led strategy and marketing for the $400 million Information Services division, was a founding member of the Corporate Business Development team, and led the innovation group where he launched a variety of businesses in emerging markets, such as mobile commerce, VoIP, and content delivery.

Matthews led the business development efforts for Signio, the leading Internet payment provider, which was acquired by VeriSign in 1999. In addition, he also spent 10 years at The Chase Manhattan Bank, where he held senior roles in sales, marketing, and strategic development.

Brian holds a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from New York University's Stern School of Business and graduated from The Ohio University with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting.

About Avail Media

Based in Reston, Virginia, Avail Media is the emerging leader in providing managed content aggregation services through a fully-integrated, head-end infrastructure for the profitable deployment of IP video. Avail Media is the only company today to deliver to its affiliates a combined MPEG-4 linear IPTV, HD Overlay (MPEG-2/4) programming solution, and Video On Demand (VOD) solution. The Avail Media solution includes a full content lineup of live television programming with hundreds of channels, all quality-encoded in MPEG-4, IP-encapsulated, encrypted, combined with VOD, and designed for future value-added services. Avail Media's system has been designed for use by video providers of multiple types -- whether triple-play, quad-play, or pure video play. For more information, please visit www.availmedia.com.

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