SOURCE: Digital Deck

May 22, 2006 09:00 ET

Digital Deck Ships Its Complete Home Entertainment System

New Software and Hardware Provides Many Features Including Network DVR Capabilities, and Access and Control of iTunes, TiVo and Home Entertainment Devices

REDWOOD CITY, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 22, 2006 -- Digital Deck™, a leading provider of technology for management of entertainment content throughout the connected home, today announced its Media Connector and Software are now available for immediate sale and shipment through its corporate Web site. The Company also announced these products will be available through major reseller partners by the end of Q2 2006.

Digital Deck's Media Connector Software is breakthrough technology that runs on Windows XP PCs and brings music, live and recorded TV, and photos into every connected room of a home. The Software delivers a simple common television interface for accessing digital music, digital pictures and video, and provides many of today's digital video recorder (DVR) features, making them available in each networked room. These include scheduling of recordings, pausing live television, and rewind/fast forward though recorded programs.

"Today's consumer enjoys a wide variety of choices in home entertainment, but the experience is limited to the rooms where they are set up," said Joe Harris, vice president of marketing at Digital Deck. "Digital Deck connects and manages the live TV, music, photos and DVRs scattered around the home and brings them to every room, affordably and with ease."

Digital Deck links easily with a broad range of popular electronic entertainment devices and services, including integration with:

--  TiVo® Series2 DVR - Television programs recorded by the Digital Deck
    onto the PC can be viewed in the TiVo "Now Playing" list and transferred to
    the TiVo for playback. Programs recorded on the TiVo DVR will be listed for
    streaming viewing through Digital Deck. TiVo boxes can be set up to be
    managed and viewed directly on Digital Deck across the network.
--  Apple® iTunes® - Customers who use the Windows version of iTunes
    can use their Media Connector Remote Control to sort and browse the
    contents of their iTunes library and securely stream the digital music or
    podcasts to any connected room in the house. The Media Connector Software
    communicates with the iTunes application directly so playlists are always
    in sync, podcasts appear automatically, and changes to the iTunes library
    are immediately updated in the Digital Deck menu throughout the home.
--  flickr™ - With their Media Connector, users can access their
    friends' and families' flickr photo libraries through the television. Since
    the Media Connector Software communicates directly with Yahoo!'s flickr
    photo service, any changes made via flickr show up on the television screen
    automatically.
--  Windows Media™ Player - Digital Deck also works with Microsoft's
    Windows Media Player 10 (with compatible MPEG-2 decoder) to playback
    television programs recorded from the Media Connector on a PC. Customers
    can also use Windows Media Player to sync their recordings to supported
    portable media players, or can transfer their recordings to a notebook PC
    for viewing while traveling.
    
"Consumers of digital media are looking for products that provide the power, control, and ease of use to allow them to easily move digital content to traditional consumer electronics products, such as viewing internet video on a television," said Joshua S. Martin, Analyst at market research firm IDC. "Thus, the opportunity for digital home products will be big moving forward, and convergence solutions will play a key role in this market."

An early user of the system, Dave Markus, commented, "Digital Deck has changed the way I access and use entertainment media and devices in my home. I don't think or care which device or room of the house the pictures, videos, music and other content are located -- I simply can access it now and enjoy it from wherever I am. It's a simple way to provide great freedom of entertainment for the family."

Pricing and Ordering

The Digital Deck solution includes the Media Connector Software, the Media Connector & Remote Control, and access to the Digital Deck Service (including program guide information and IR codes). The product is available from the Company website now, priced at just $499 retail. To create multi-room solutions, additional Digital Deck Media Connectors (with Remote Control) can be purchased for $299 retail.

In addition to selling its products on its Web site, Digital Deck will sell the Digital Deck Media Connector through a broad range of retail outlets in early summer. For more information or to buy the Digital Deck Media Connector, please visit the company's Web site at www.digitaldeck.com.

About Digital Deck™

Privately held Digital Deck develops and markets the leading platform for managing and accessing entertainment content throughout the connected home. An elegant TV-based entertainment guide gives consumers access to any of their media such as home theater, live TV, DVDs, VCRs, PC media, DVR and more -- in every connected room in the house. Digital Deck delivers the long-awaited convergence of consumer and computer technology in a unified, user-friendly system, and all managed through one single remote. Digital Deck is headquartered in Redwood City, Calif. For more information, visit www.digitaldeck.com.

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