NBC and GE Capital Purchase Equity Stake in Intertainer, Inc. NBC to Provide Programming to On-Demand Entertainment and Shopping Service

NEW YORK and SANTA MONICA, Calif. (August 3, 1998) - NBC and Santa Monica, Calif.- based Intertainer, Inc. announced an alliance under which NBC will invest in Intertainer and provide select content, including selected NBC-owned programming, to the emerging interactive on-demand video entertainment and shopping service. Intertainer will be available to consumers via their personal computers or televisions starting in the third quarter of 1998, initially through distribution provided by two of its existing partners, Comcast and US WEST.

Under the terms of the agreement, NBC in conjunction with GE Capital's Equity Capital Group will make an initial cash investment to acquire six percent of privately held Intertainer, with an option to increase that stake in the coming months. Additionally, an NBC representative will join Intertainer's 11-member Board of Directors.

NBC joins such top studio content providers as Time Warner, Sony and Buena Vista (Disney), becoming the first broadcast network to invest in and provide content from its library of past programming to the Intertainer on-demand service. For Intertainer, the alliance brings not only additional financial backing by the leading broadcasting company, but also the opportunity to become the first on-demand service to offer television network programming. NBC programming details still are being finalized and are expected to be unveiled in the fall.

"Intertainer delivers today. It has in place the right technology, the right management team and the right vision to successfully bring to market a truly robust 'gateway' to full-scale on-demand entertainment and shopping for both the PC and TV," said Martin J. Yudkovitz, President, NBC Interactive Media.

Said Intertainer Co-chairman and Co-founder Jonathan Taplin, "The mission of Intertainer is to offer subscribers the highest quality content possible and, of course, NBC fits our criteria perfectly. We could not be more thrilled to have a partner who shares our vision as we make true interactive, on-demand shopping and entertainment a reality."

"The key to Intertainer is our ability to offer programming that's entertaining, enriching and relevant," added Intertainer Co-chairman and Co-founder Richard Baskin. "In the end, consumers will be inspired by the fact that they can get access to great television shows from the same source through which they can get the movies, music and shopping services they want - all on their own schedules."

This premise has led Intertainer to pursue an unprecedented range of content agreements with leading creators and/or distributors of popular movies, music, games and interactive commerce, such as Time Warner, Sony, Buena Vista (Disney) and barnesandnoble.com. And it has attracted investments from major media companies like Comcast, Intel, Sony, US WEST and, now, NBC.

Through technology provided by Firefly Networks, Inc., Intertainer is enhanced by its use of an "intelligent agent" which "reads" users' preferences and provides prompts and suggestions leading them to personalized movie, music, television or interactive shopping program options. Other technology partners who participated in the design of Intertainer include Intel, Sun Microsystems, Sony and Informix.

"What is so impressive about Intertainer is how they have managed to translate their legacy of successful entertainment experience into the world of convergence by creating an interactive, digital service that grabs the user with a platform-neutral interface that is easy to understand and navigate," said Yudkovitz.

About Intertainer
Intertainer, Inc., the leading provider of home entertainment services on demand, is defining the convergence of entertainment and technology. Intertainer's interactive entertainment and e-commerce provide customers with a personal gateway to thousands of hours of diverse movies, music, TV, shopping and information programming direct to the PC or TV.

About GE Capital
GE Capital Equity Capital Group (ECG) is the private equity arm of GE Capital. GE Capital, with assets of more than US$250 billion, is a global, diversified financial services company with 28 specialized businesses. A wholly-owned subsidiary of General Electric Company, GE Capital, based in Stamford, CT, provides equipment management, mid-market and specialized financing, specialty insurance and a variety of consumer services, such as car leasing, home mortgages and credit cards, to businesses and individuals around the world. GE is a diversified manufacturing, technology and services company with operations worldwide.

About NBC
The leader among traditional media companies and broadcasters in Internet and new media businesses, maintains a number of Internet and Enhanced Broadcasting services. NBC holds an equity stake in Snap!, the Internet portal service operated in partnership with CNET. NBC maintains NBC.com, the first full-scale Web offering from a major television network and the first TV network Web site to feature original episodic programming. NBC operates NBC Interactive Neighborhood, a localized Internet community guide service, customized for local NBC stations. NBC also owns VideoSeeker (www.videoseeker.com), an on-demand Internet video service featuring content from NBC and others, operated in conjunction with InterVU Inc.

In partnership with Microsoft, NBC owns and operates MSNBC, a 24-hour cable news network and a complementary Internet news service at www.msnbc.com. Also, together with Microsoft and Dow Jones, NBC operates CNBC-Dow Jones Business Video Services, offering video and audio based financial news and information to financial professionals and institutions. Other new media innovations from NBC include such interactive television initiatives as NBC Intercast with Intel, Wink-enhanced programming with Wink Communications, WebTV for Windows.

NBC is a global media company with broadly diverse holdings. NBC owns and operates the NBC Television Network as well as thirteen television stations. In the United States, NBC owns CNBC, operates MSNBC in partnership with Microsoft, and maintains equity interests in Arts & Entertainment, The History Channel, and Rainbow Programming Holdings, a leading media company with a wide array of entertainment and sports cable channels. Internationally, NBC owns and operates CNBC: A Service of NBC and Dow Jones in partnership with Dow Jones & Company in Europe and Asia. Together with National Geographic Television, NBC owns National Geographic Channels Worldwide (NGCW). In partnership with BSkyB, NGCW operates the National Geographic Channel in Europe. Its sister programming service, National Geographic Channel Asia, is jointly owned by NBC and National Geographic. NBC also operates NBC Europe in partnership with Deutsche Fernsehnachrichten Agentur.