SOURCE: Eagle Broadband

January 25, 2007 11:15 ET

Eagle Broadband Receives IPTV Set-Top Box Patent

New Patent Eliminates Risk of Content Pirating and Unauthorized Access

LEAGUE CITY, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 25, 2007 -- Officials with Eagle Broadband, Inc. (AMEX: EAG), a national provider of broadband, Internet Protocol (IP) and digital communications technology and services, today announced that the company has been awarded a new patent on its advanced set-top box technology that ensures secure delivery of digital television content.

The company's recently patented technology (U.S. Patent 7,159,044) virtually eliminates the risk of unauthorized network access and theft of digital content in hotels, condominium buildings and local cable companies that provide IPTV cable television services. Television programming and access to a main network can be "unlocked" by an in-room set-top box only if both the proper software and hardware (set-top box) are operating normally.

Without this feature, the functionality of set-top boxes can be easily manipulated by those with a basic understanding of how the technology works. By either manipulating the hardware or installing the software on other devices, a hacker could potentially access and/or record television programming, or even break into a hotel, condominium or cable company network.

Eagle's patented technology prevents such hacking by requiring the original hardware and software to run simultaneously before delivering digital content. If either part of the chain runs in an unexpected manner, this patented technology shuts off the hardware, thus locking out unauthorized access to the network.

This technology is expected to appeal to hotels and other digital content providers, as it will prevent the loss of revenue associated with pirated pay-per-view programming. The stronger network security is also an attractive feature to anyone providing IPTV content, including Eagle Broadband.

"This technology has been incorporated into Eagle's set-top boxes for some time, and we are pleased to receive a U.S. patent on it," said Brian Morrow, IPTV general manager and COO of Eagle Broadband. "This also is one reason why Eagle has been so successful in acquiring IPTV content rights from the major television studios and other content providers; they trust the security of our set-top box technology."

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About Eagle Broadband, Inc.

Eagle Broadband is a technology company that develops and delivers products and services in three core business segments:

--  IPTV -- Eagle Broadband's IPTVComplete™ provides direct access to
    more than 250 channels of high-demand programming from popular
    entertainment providers, often using Eagle's high-definition, set-top
--  SatMAX® -- Eagle Broadband's SatMAX provides indoor/outdoor
    communications utilizing the global Iridium-based (
    satellite communications system.  It offers both fixed and mobile
    solutions, including the emergency first responder SatMAX Alpha "SatMAX-in-
    a-suitcase" technology.
--  IT Services -- Eagle Broadband's IT Services Group is a full-service
    integrator offering a complete range of network technology products
    including VoIP, remote network management, network implementation services
    and IT project management services.

Forward-looking statements in this release regarding Eagle Broadband, Inc., are made pursuant to the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the company's ability to continue as a going concern, the company's liquidity constraints and ability to obtain financing and working capital on favorable terms, the continued acceptance of the company's products, increased levels of competition, new products and technological changes, the company's dependence upon third-party suppliers, intellectual property rights, and other risks detailed from time to time in the company's periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact Information

  • Eagle Contact:
    Jackie Hutto
    Griffin Integrated Marketing
    (281) 335-0200