NBTEL TO USE IMAGICTV'S SOFTWARE TO ENABLE INTERACTIVE TV
Saint John, New Brunswick - iMagicTV announced today that NBTel will use iMagicTV's DTV Manager software to extend their broadband multimedia services, including broadcast, to the television.
DTV Manager is an innovative business application software that enables NBTel, and other telecommunications companies, to deliver premium interactive television and other interactive services to residential subscribers over existing copper telephone lines, or any high-speed access.
"iMagicTV is excited to be working with NBTel as they launch their interactive TV service," said Marcel LeBrun, president & chief executive officer, iMagicTV. "NBTel is clearly a next-generation telco with a solid strategy for deployment of multiple services on a single broadband network."
NBTel's customers will receive an interactive television service untouchable in today's marketplace. Digital television channels and other multimedia services will be integrated with the high-speed Internet and email services currently available on VibeTM, NBTel's extreme-speed Internet access. The service features will include 76 digital television channels, 30 audio channels, and local content.
"The iMagicTV product gives us the technology to deliver a complete multimedia service package to our customers," said Joe Mosher, manager, Market Development, NBTel.
NBTel, a world leader in information technology and telecommunications, was the first telco in Canada to be given CRTC approval to provide television services to residential subscribers. The iMagicTV software has been in a technical trial in NBTel's VideoActiveTM Development Centre and 25 homes since October 1998.
Mr LeBrun said: "The power of DTV Manager is the scope of services a telco can provide with it. It will change the way people are entertained, and informed."
On the telco side, DTV Manager allows NBTel to leverage their existing networks and infrastructure and use leading edge technologies such as IP Multicasting and MPEG to deliver multiple services on one appliance and one network.
"DTV Manager is helping us address the convergence of entertainment and information services, including broadcast on the TV and PC," said Mr Mosher.
About iMagicTV http://www.imagictv.com
iMagicTV is an innovative software company providing interactive television solutions for telcos worldwide. The company has developed DTV Manager, a business application software product that enables telecommunications companies and other service providers to deliver and manage competitive interactive television services over copper, or any high-speed access technology.
Established in 1998, iMagicTV is based in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. iMagicTV is an affiliate of NBTel Inc., the principal subsidiary of Bruncor (Montreal: BRR; Toronto), and Newbridge Networks Corporation (NYSE: NN; Toronto: NNC).
For more information on iMagicTV and DTV Manager, visit http://www.imagictv.com.
About NBTel http://www.nbtel.nb.ca
NBTel is an acknowledged world leader in telecommunications. It provides a full-range of services including local and long-distance telephone, wireless, Internet, e-commerce, interactive multimedia, data and managed network services and information technology solutions. NBTel's people use their expertise to deliver advanced customer-contact and self-serve applications that provide a competitive advantage to businesses and enable consumers to do everyday things betterTM. NBTel is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bruncor Inc., ME and TSE: BRR.
This news release can also be found on the iMagicTV Web site at http://www.imagictv.com
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