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November 02, 2009 17:05 ET

Rallycast Fantasy Sports Featured as First TV Widget in Best Buy and Samsung Discount Bundle

Get One Year Free Rallycast Fantasy Sports With Your New Samsung 7100 or Higher Model Internet TV

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - November 2, 2009) - The new generation of internet-connected HDTVs has arrived and Rallypoint has partnered with Best Buy and Samsung to give new HDTV buyers premium widget access right out of the box. For a limited time, an annual pass subscription to Rallycast (www.rallycast.com), the first fantasy sports widget for internet-connected TVs, will be included free with the purchase of any new Samsung 7100 model or higher LCD and LED HDTV.

This Rallycast promotion gives new Samsung internet-connected TV owners a full year of access to real-time sports scores, stats and access to your fantasy leagues across all major U.S. sports, including fantasy football 2009 and fantasy baseball 2010 (and very soon, college football). You can also update your Facebook status and send text messages -- all right from your television, without ever changing the channel.

To get Rallycast for free, you must purchase a new Samsung HDTV 7100 model or higher at Best Buy stores and take a Rallycast activation card to the register at check-out time. Ask your Best Buy Customer Representative in the home theater department for Rallycast SKU #9437068.

Rallycast is built on the Yahoo! TV Widgets platform and will be offered on other IPTV, cable and satellite platforms in the future. Consumers with compatible Internet-connected HDTVs* can download the Rallycast Toolbar from the Widget Gallery to gain access to the Rallycast free TV Apps (Facebook and Messenger) or purchase the Rallycast Fantasy Sports TV App.

"Research has shown that nearly 90% of Fantasy Sports players watch sports on television with a laptop close at hand," commented CEO Jeff Allen. "Our Rallycast product can supply these users and others with a seamless integration of their online and offline worlds. Even for those who don't do fantasy sports, Rallycast offers many ways to access and browse your daily Internet destinations right from your TV remote."

Rallycast features:

With Rallycast, an Internet-connected HDTV and a remote control, consumers can personalize their TV viewing experience with these following initial offers from Rallycast TV Apps:

--  Rallycast Toolbar (Free) -- The ultimate HDTV Internet platform to
    search for and manage TV Apps from Rallypoint and its content partners.
    
--  Rallycast Scores (Free) -- View multiple sports scores and stats
    customizable to feature a user's favorite teams.
    
--  Rallycast Messenger (Free) -- With Rallycast Messenger users can watch
    their favorite shows while chatting online with friends on Facebook or via
    Text Message.
    
--  Rallycast Fantasy Sports (Paid Subscription) -- Control fantasy sports
    teams right on the television. Rallycast imports consumers' teams from
    major fantasy sites like Yahoo!, CBS and ESPN.
    

Rallycast Fantasy Sports TV App can be purchased at http://www.bestbuy.com and in all 1000+ Best Buy stores across the United States. Rallycast Fantasy Sports retails for $9.95 per month, or $59.99 for a full year (paid in advance). Existing customers will automatically be extended to a full year subscription at the new pricing.

To download the Rallycast Toolbar and get started with Rallycast Free TV Apps, simply select the "Internet" button on your Samsung Internet-enabled TV remote control, select the Widget Gallery and download the Rallycast widget.

*HDTVs Supported:

To deliver unprecedented functionality, Rallycast has partnered with major TV and DVD player manufacturers to give users the Internet in high definition. Current compatible HDTVs include:

--  Samsung: Series 6, 7, and 8 HDTVs (HDTVs supporting "Internet@TV")
--  LG: LH50 and PS80 HDTVs (HDTVs supporting LG's "Netcast
    Entertainment")
--  (Coming Soon) Vizio: XVT HDTVs.  (HDTVs supporting Vizio Internet
    Apps)
    

About Rallypoint

Rallypoint is a leading software developer for Internet-connected HDTVs and other devices, focusing on TV widget engine core technology and applications. Rallypoint offers consumers an improved, easy-to-use way to "mash up" their Internet content and subscriptions with broadcast television in an overlay fashion. By bringing the best of the Internet to HDTV, Rallypoint is redefining living room entertainment. Rallypoint is headquartered in San Francisco, California. For more information, visit www.rallypoint.tv and www.rallycast.com

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