MDU Communications International, Inc.
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MDU Communications International, Inc.

August 18, 2005 10:21 ET

MDU Communications Installs First in Nation Innovative Single Wire Solution From DIRECTV into New Apartment Complex in NYC

TOTOWA, NEW JERSEY--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 18, 2005) - MDU Communications International, Inc. (OTCBB:MDTV), a leading end-to-end provider of DIRECTV digital satellite television programming, high-speed Internet and other premium communication and information services to the residential multi-dwelling unit ("MDU") market, reports that condo, co-op owners and apartment renters now have unlimited access to the full DIRECTV television experience now that DIRECTV has dramatically simplified the process of delivering its programming and services to customers living in multi-family housing. A new advanced multi-satellite distribution system developed by DIRECTV, and first installed by MDU Communications in a new luxury apartment complex in New York City, is now available to the MDU market nationwide.

Developed by DIRECTV, this new technology is capable of receiving and distributing programming - more than 225 channels of sports, news and family entertainment - from each of DIRECTV's existing satellites via a single wire to the MDU customer's home. This system more efficiently supports the use of multiple receivers, and has the ability to deliver other national, local and high-definition programming services. The system was designed to work with a building's existing wiring and also support older DIRECTV receivers that are still in use.

A new 274-unit luxury rental property in lower Manhattan is the first building in the nation to have the new DIRECTV single wire distribution system in operation. MDU Communications was the first DIRECTV MDU dealer to install and utilize the new technology.

"The development of this new technology reinforces DIRECTV's commitment to delivering the best television experience available to consumers in the residential multi-family housing market," said Daren Benzi, vice president, DIRECTV, Inc. "Our investment in this technology, and others coming soon, further illustrates our excitement and commitment to this important market. We look forward to providing this advancement to the multi-family community, and to continuing our efforts to bring the full array of DIRECTV programming and services to the residential MDU consumer."

Prior to the advent of single wire technology, apartment/condo building installations required the use of several wires or cables to deliver programming to each unit, which increased installation costs and at times limited service options. The new technology enables DIRECTV to combine all of the signals on a single wire providing TV programming to multiple set-top boxes and digital video recorders and flexibility for upgrading for future technology advances.

The key benefits of this new DIRECTV-developed solution include the following:

- Delivers the full suite of DIRECTV® programming and services to multiple receivers via a single home run wire to the customer location

- Supports DIRECTV, DIRECTV DVR and HD receivers

- Provides access to programming on all existing DIRECTV satellites, including HD and International programming

- Delivers local channels in all markets served by DIRECTV

- Enables future upgrades for new programming and services from DIRECTV's new Ka-band satellites

- Provides for efficient installation and maintenance for professional MDU service technicians

"This new technology will greatly enhance our ability to provide the full DIRECTV viewing experience to residents in the multi-family market," said Sheldon Nelson, CEO of MDU Communications. "Delivering the universe of DIRECTV programming on multiple and/or high-definition set-top receivers was previously more challenging with the equipment available to construct a multi-dwelling property satellite network. The single line solution solves this problem and ushers in a new satellite era to multi-family subscribers. At the same time, operators, such as MDU Communications, will see greater efficiencies in deployment, an overall decrease in installation costs, and a more consistent approach to marketing and increased property penetration rates."

About MDU: MDU Communications International, Inc. (OTCBB:MDTV) is a leading provider of premium communication/information services, including digital satellite television and high-speed (broadband) Internet services, exclusively to the United States multi-dwelling unit (MDU) marketplace - estimated to include 26 million residences. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, MDU Communications (USA) Inc., MDU Communications delivers DIRECTV® digital satellite television services and high-speed (broadband) Internet systems and is committed to delivering the next generation of interactive communication services to MDU residents. For additional information, please see or contact Investor Relations.

About DIRECTV, Inc.

DIRECTV, Inc. is the nation's leading digital multichannel television service provider with more than 14.6 million customers. DIRECTV and the Cyclone Design logo are registered trademarks of DIRECTV, Inc. DIRECTV (NYSE:DTV) is a world-leading provider of digital multichannel television entertainment. DIRECTV is approximately 34 percent owned by News Corporation.

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