SOURCE: IBM

March 17, 2006 13:00 ET

Mediaport Selects IBM Kiosk Services to Deliver Music, Ringtones, Software and Games

SALT LAKE CITY, UT -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 17, 2006 -- IBM has signed an agreement with Mediaport Entertainment, Inc. to provide IT services, maintenance, and financing for an international retail kiosk rollout that delivers digital content to consumers.

Mediaport is currently deploying its MediaATM™ kiosks at Sanity Music and Virgin Music Entertainment retail stores in Australia and New Zealand, totaling 1,000 kiosks over the next two years.

Consumers can burn customized CDs or rapidly download any digital product to a USB, Bluetooth enabled, or MP3 device. Mediaport's robust content catalog features thousands of albums from Warner Music Group, EMI Music, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal Music International, among others; games; videos; DVDs; e-books; ringtones; and software.

Brazin Ltd., the parent company for Sanity Music and Virgin Music Entertainment, will lease the kiosks through IBM Global Financing; IBM Information Technology Services will also provide ongoing warranty maintenance for these store installations.

"IBM is helping us deliver the most profitable square footage within a retailer's environment," said Mediaport Chief Executive Officer Helen Seltzer. "Retailers know and trust IBM. Together, we're pioneering a store-within-a-store model that brings digital content to consumers on-the-go."

For future retail deployments, Mediaport has also contracted with IBM Global Services to build 500 MediaATM™ kiosks. Mediaport's patent-protected software suite and its extensive catalog of digital products will be combined with IBM IntelliStation workstations to form the unmanned point-of-sale kiosks.

The POWER5 microprocessor-based hardware supports Mediaport's high performance requirements for a minimum of one terabyte of digital content in a convenient, self-service environment. POWER5 defies historic focus on clock speed for performance by integrating multiple microprocessor cores in silicon with key elements of memory and task management.

About Mediaport Entertainment

Mediaport, a Delaware corporation, headquartered in Salt Lake City, was founded in early 2001 with a vision to be the digital distribution system providing entertainment content to consumers at easily accessible locations. As the first company to deploy unmanned point-of-sale kiosks, Mediaport's patent-protected applications allow customers to purchase digital content by burning CDs/DVDs, or downloading media to MP3 players or USB devices in minutes. For more information about Mediaport Entertainment, please visit: www.mediaport.com.

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