SOURCE: Broadstream Communications

September 19, 2005 07:45 ET

Broadstream Communications and Scripps Networks Announce Multi-Channel IP- Transport Agreement

BELLEVUE, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 19, 2005 -- Broadstream Communications, Inc. ("Broadstream"), the industry leader in outsourced IPTV video head-end and content distribution and management services, and Scripps Networks today announce that HGTV, Food Network, DIY Network, FINE LIVING and Great American Country (GAC) are available through Broadstream's IPTVConnect™ Service -- the industry's first and most comprehensive IP content distribution platform designed for Telecommunications companies and broadband service providers.

"This agreement with Broadstream extends the reach of Scripps programming into new and compelling markets, such as IPTV," said John Baird, Executive Vice President of Affiliate Sales and Marketing at Scripps Networks. "We are pleased to enter into this emerging market with an industry leader such as Broadstream and provide IPTV subscribers with our unique brand of lifestyle programming."

Broadstream's IPTV Connect™ transport network -- jointly developed by leading equipment manufacturers and service providers -- is a first-of-its-kind platform that completely centralizes the aggregation, real-time digital encoding and IP encapsulation of programmer content, suitable for distribution via xDSL, fiber or other broadband networks. Broadstream manages and maintains both the live programming streams and edge equipment installed at the service provider facility 24/7 from its Network Operations Center. The Broadstream platform offers over 200 video and audio programs in full digital quality, through agreements with nearly every major broadcaster and programmer in the country. In addition, the company's Bstream™ middleware platform offers a unique service management solution and interactive program guide that provides the necessary tools to deploy and manage a fully scalable, and cost-effective IPTV service offering.

"Scripps Networks' highly informative and compelling lifestyle-based programming adds tremendous value to our customer's IPTV service offerings," said Anthony Bontrager, President and CEO of Broadstream. "Whether you're looking for a recipe from Food Network's 'Emeril Live!' or how to make the most of a tight space from HGTV's 'Small Spaces, Big Style,' our IPTVConnect™ service has the power to bring it to you today. Our commitment to provide quality programming to our customers is greatly enhanced through our partnership with Scripps," Mr. Bontrager added.

Key Broadstream features and benefits include:

--  Full IPTV capability employing the latest advanced video codecs
--  Over 200 "all digital" video and audio programming channels
--  Local encoding platform for local affiliate stations and regional
    sports networks
--  Bstream™ 3.1 IPTV content management platform
--  Fault tolerant network, monitored 24/7
--  Compatibility with existing access networks
--  Multiple set-top box integration
    

About Scripps Networks

Scripps Networks is comprised of the lifestyle television brands Home & Garden Television, Food Network, DIY Network, and FINE LIVING, as well as county music network Great American Country (GAC) and electronic retailer Shop At Home. Scripps is the leading developer of lifestyle-oriented content for television and the Internet, where on-air programming is complemented with online content. In addition, Scripps Networks is aggressively developing its emerging media, including video on demand, broadband and Hispanic programming. Scripps Networks' brands collectively are available in more than 95 countries on six continents. They also are distributed to 1,000 outlets on U.S. military bases and U.S. embassies around the world via the American Forces Radio and Television Service. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Nashville, and Englewood, Colo., Scripps Networks is owned by The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP), a diverse media concern with interests in newspaper publishing, broadcast television, national television networks, interactive media, and television retailing. Scripps operates 21 daily newspapers, 10 broadcast TV stations, Scripps Howard News Service and United Media.

About Broadstream Communications, Inc.

Broadstream Communications, Inc., is the leading provider of managed IPTV network services (IPTV Connect™), content management platforms (Bstream™), which truly enable the unconstrained delivery of national television content to telecom service providers across the United States. Broadstream operates the industry's first all digital (IP) virtual head-end network and service offering that enables service providers to create an efficient, cost-effective video service offering that breaks economic and performance barriers imposed by self-built head-end systems. With ubiquitous coverage of the entire continental United States from our satellites, Broadstream offers the most extensive IP Video network in the world, and is able to offer the most flexible and complete video solution in the industry. Broadstream is headquartered in Bellevue, WA. Additional information can be found at www.broadstream.com

Contact Information

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    Jay Stark
    Broadstream Communications, Inc.
    Phone: 425-709-3800
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