SOURCE: Avail Media

June 17, 2008 09:00 ET

Avail Media Launches Ever-Growing All-MPEG-4 HD Service

Offering 56 High-Impact HD Channels to Video Service Providers

RESTON, VA--(Marketwire - June 17, 2008) - Avail Media, the first customer service-focused aggregator and provider of both linear and video on demand (VOD) IPTV content, today unveiled its ever-growing, all-MPEG-4 HD channel lineup. MPEG-4 encoding provides the highest-quality picture with reduced bandwidth costs. Avail Media's HD offering is designed to provide video service providers with an easy and profitable path to delivering world-class IPTV services.

"Avail Media's robust MPEG-4 HD distribution is the obvious next step for many cable television operators wanting to regain and reallocate bandwidth for the multiple services they now offer," according to Bill Bauer, CEO of Beyond Broadband Technology, which uses the Avail Media service as part of its end-to-end solution for cable operators. "It's unique in providing next-generation MPEG-4 delivery."

"Avail Media provides an amazing suite of HD channels available in MPEG-4 format," said John Egan, Chairman, Evolution Broadband. "To provide our customers with a program offering allowing them to compete successfully requires both quality content and infrastructure efficiencies. Working with Avail Media gives operators the ability to take a leadership role in both quantity and quality of HD programming, while minimizing bandwidth costs."

Avail HD is designed to deliver an attractive channel lineup while maximizing infrastructure investments. The company currently offers 56 HD channels, including:


--  A&E HD
--  ABC Family HD
--  Disney Channel HD
--  Toon Disney HD
--  ESPN HD
--  ESPN 2 HD
--  ESPN News HD
--  Golf/Versus HD
--  HGTV HD
--  Food Network HD
--  Lifetime Movies HD
--  MHD (MTV HD)
--  National Geographic HD
--  Universal HD
--  Suite of HBO HD channels
--  Suite of Cinemax HD channels
--  NFL Network HD
--  Animal Planet HD
--  Discovery HD
--  Discovery HD Theater
--  Planet Green HD
--  Science Channel HD
--  TLC HD
--  Showtime (E) HD
--  The Movie Channel HD
--  Starz (E) HD
--  Starz Family HD
--  Starz Edge HD
--  Starz Comedy HD
--  Encore HD
--  TBS HD
--  TNT HD
    

"HD programming is becoming the new must have for providers of television services," said Ramu Potarazu, CEO of Avail Media. "Avail Media is about providing a stable platform from which we can continually grow new, value-added services for our affiliates. We recognize today that HD content is critical for our affiliates. For cable systems that need HD programming but lack bandwidth, telephone networks with limited, last-mile capabilities, or fiber-to-the-home providers in search of quality HD offerings, Avail Media's HD solutions provide cost-effective and subscriber-ready solutions."

Avail Media's Offerings

Avail Media is the only provider today delivering a combined MPEG-4 linear IPTV and Video On Demand (VOD) solution, providing video service providers with all of the content, technology, hardware, and integration needed for a fully-encrypted, market-ready IPTV service. A number of forward-thinking service providers are already leveraging Avail Media's end-to-end solutions to deliver IPTV services to subscribers in a variety of markets across the United States, including Texas, Arizona, California, Nevada, North Carolina, Illinois, Guam, and Trinidad, among others.

Avail Media delivers an extensive content library, including transport rights from the top national programmers, including ABC-Disney, Turner, NBC Universal, MTV Networks, and Fox Cable Networks. Its linear programming is complemented by its VOD rights from the major Hollywood movie studios, such as Buena Vista/Disney, DreamWorks, Lionsgate Films, MGM, NBC Universal, New Line Cinema, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, and Warner Bros. Avail Media also offers a proprietary software suite, ViewTrak, which provides both carriers and content providers the ability to track programming activations in real-time.

About Avail Media

Based in Reston, Virginia, and founded in early 2007, Avail Media is the product of a merger of two successful IPTV companies, followed by the acquisition of an equally successful VOD provider. Today, Avail Media provides managed content aggregation services through a fully-integrated, head-end infrastructure for the profitable deployment of IP video. The Avail Media solution includes a full line-up 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 solutions have been designed for digital video providers of all types, including triple-play, quad-play and pure video play. For more information, please visit www.availmedia.com.

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