July 17, 2007 14:58 ET

JumpTV Announces US$60.25 Million Acquisition of Broadband Network Business Unit of XOS Technologies

Leading Internet Broadcaster Expects Material Synergies While Reaching Beyond Ethnic Programming to Dramatically Expand Sports Offering

More Than 150 U.S. College, University and Other Sporting Properties Including Athletics Departments From the SEC, Big 12 and Big 10 Conferences -- 24,000 Subscribers on Network

TORONTO--(Marketwire - July 17, 2007) - JumpTV Inc. (AIM: JTV) (TSX: JTV), the world's leading broadcaster of live television over the Internet, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Broadband Network business unit of XOS Technologies Inc., based in Sanford, Florida, through an asset purchase agreement for US$60.25 million in cash and 3 million retention warrants for employees.

The Broadband Network business unit of XOS is one of the largest online global sports networks streaming thousands of NCAA games including football, men's and women's basketball, volleyball, baseball and track & field events. The Broadband Network business unit currently has more than 150 official and exclusive broadband relationships with U.S. colleges, universities, conferences and professional sports teams including programs within the SEC, Big 12 and Big 10 conferences, to name a few.

XOS Broadband Network designs and powers multiplatform broadband environments which include branded broadband video channels for its sports partners. Each broadband video channel provides exclusive live and on-demand video streaming for games and event content. In addition, the Broadband Network includes its proprietary "One Fan Profile" capability that includes the XOS Total Ticketing platform, event registration services and e-commerce solutions. Like JumpTV, the XOS Broadband Network typically has long-term exclusive agreements with its content partners and shares revenue generated by customers and advertising.

"The acquisition stays true to JumpTV's focus on IPTV for displaced communities interested in unique, hard-to-find and high-affinity content -- whether for ethnic immigrants or sports fans living far away from local television markets," commented G. Scott Paterson, chairman and chief executive officer of JumpTV.

"Sports programming on JumpTV is consistently amongst our most watched content. Adding the expertise of the XOS Network will accelerate our ability to obtain rights to important international sporting properties," Paterson continued.

The Broadband Network business unit of XOS has developed and maintains official websites for collegiate and professional sports teams and leagues that engage sports fans across various mediums -- including live video streams and video-on-demand content, social networking communities, ticketing, donor management and other high-value offerings. Under the terms of the acquisition, JumpTV will continue to maintain these websites.

After the acquisition, JumpTV's ethnic programming business will be grouped in a newly named "JumpTV International" division with key sporting assets like JumpTV's website and properties such as FIFA championship soccer tournaments in Canada, Euro2008 Qualifying matches, Egyptian Football Federation and Israeli Football League transferring to the JumpTVSports division.

Nada Usina, the current president of the Broadband Network Division of XOS, will continue in her position and will join the executive team of JumpTV. Nada Usina has more than a decade of experience in the sports, entertainment, media and technology industries. Prior to joining XOS, Usina served as the president of Nokia Canada and as director of entertainment business development and sales programs at Yahoo!

The Broadband Network business unit of XOS generated on an unaudited basis US$2.45 million of revenue in the 5 months ending May 30th, 2007 and an operating loss of US$3.17 million during the same period. Unaudited revenue and loss for calendar 2006 was US$4,258,000 and US$6,797,000 respectively.

Given the current growth dynamics of the XOS Network business unit and the upcoming Fall collegiate sports seasons, the Company believes that the financial results in the latter half of the year will exceed the first half.

The Broadband Network business unit of XOS currently reports approximately 24,000 paid subscribers to its exclusive video content offerings and 4.9 million unique visitors in March 2007, as reported by Nielsen Ratings.

Usina commented on the purchase by JumpTV stating, "Both JumpTV and XOS are recognized as leaders in the global new media industry and together we can make an even greater impact for clients, employees and others involved. By aligning with JumpTV, XOS Network will reap multiple benefits such as the expansion of our innovative vision and continued development of our exclusive One-Fan Profile offering -- all to the advantage of our valued partners."

Usina added, "We believe there is a very large international audience for our content -- both generally speaking and specifically for the expat American community living overseas. JumpTV's experience in targeting international audiences and their distribution partnerships with companies such as AOL, Terra Networks and Orascom represent an immediate opportunity for us to expand our audience and for advertisers to specifically target active and deeply engaged Internet users."

Usina concluded, "In addition, one of the many exciting components of this acquisition is the value that JumpTV's proprietary content delivery network (CDN) will have for us. Amongst our largest cost centers is the price of bandwidth and delivery -- by leveraging the JumpTV CDN we will significantly bring those costs down and increase our profitability."

In 2006 the XOS Network streamed more than 7,000 different live sporting events and currently averages more than 1,500 live streamed events per month. The Company anticipates streaming more than 14,000 events in 2007. The sports that had the largest following in 2006 included:

--  Basketball with over 3,000 games
--  Football with over 1,200
--  Baseball with over 1,000
--  Volleyball with over 500
--  Soccer with over 300

The Company believes the business development and product-related synergies inherent in this combination will allow the combined venture to gain traction in the North American and International professional sports marketplace.

Kaleil Isaza Tuzman, president and chief operating officer of JumpTV, stated, "The combined entity will continue to leverage a hybrid subscription and ad-supported business model with an emphasis on partner-based distribution.

"We expect to enhance revenues of both JumpTVInternational and JumpTVSports through shared business development, merchandising and portal partnerships, while achieving cost synergies in areas such as content delivery, product development and administration.

"This is a watershed moment in the development of JumpTV," continued Isaza Tuzman, "dramatically expanding our exclusive content and underscoring our position as the leading broadcaster of live online television -- with the most blue-chip, live video advertising inventory available on the Internet."

G. Scott Paterson continued, "By streaming SEC football, ACC basketball or PAC-10 Volleyball, advertisers can leverage some of the most highly valued sports programming in the world. The acquisition of the XOS Broadband Network business unit makes JumpTV one of the world's foremost distributors of professionally-produced entertainment and sports content over the Internet. In purchasing the XOS Broadband Network, we broaden the reach and scope of JumpTV while leveraging our existing platform and business model."

This transaction is expected to close in August after receipt of applicable US anti-trust approvals. The retention warrants carry a five-year term for exercise, with a strike price equal to the weighted average of the closing price of JumpTV stock over the five days prior to closing of the transaction and are subject to TSX approval.

JumpTV had approximately US$127 million in cash as of June 30th, 2007. The Company had approximately 34,148 subscriptions and 29,968 subscribers as of June 30th, 2007, a less than 1% decline from reported levels for each on March 31st, 2007 -- materially better than the Company expected given the launch of 60 (now 110) channels free-to-consumer in the United States as of May 24th, 2007.

About JumpTV

Live Television From Around the World -- online, anytime, anywhere.

JumpTV (AIM: JTV) (TSX: JTV) is the world's leading distributor of live Internet television. With over 290 TV channels from 75+ countries, JumpTV delivers full-screen news, sports and entertainment content on a real-time basis from all corners of the globe to computers, Internet-enabled TV sets, IP set-top-boxes and cell phones with browser access.

Forward-looking statement

Certain statements herein may constitute forward-looking statements, including those identified by the expressions "may," "will," "should," "could," "anticipate," "believe," "plan," "estimate," "potential," "expect," "intent" and similar expressions to the extent they relate to JumpTV or its managements. These statements reflect JumpTV's current expectations and are based on information currently available to management. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations, including the matters discussed under "Risk Factors" contained in JumpTV's prospectus (admission document) dated August 1, 2006 and the matters discussed under "Risk Factors" contained in JumpTV's final short form prospectus dated February 19, 2007. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof, and JumpTV assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances.

Contact Information

  • JUMPTV PR / IR Contacts
    North America:
    Lewis Goldberg
    KCSA Worldwide
    Email Contact

    Scott Paterson
    Chairman & CEO
    JumpTV Inc.
    T: +1 416.368.6464
    F: +1 416.849.3701
    Email Contact