Deployment to Pass More Than 3.7 Million Homes

CULVER CITY, Calif. and Denver, July 23, 2001 - Intertainer, the entertainment on demand broadband network, and WINfirst, an innovative fiber-to-the-home provider, today announced a five-year agreement to offer video on demand as part of WINfirst's suite of voice, video and data services. WINfirst customers in major markets across the western US, commencing with Sacramento, CA, will be able to choose from more than 700 hours of content, compiled from Intertainer's slate of first-run movies, television shows, music videos and concerts.

"WINfirst is building a state-of-the-art network that will deliver an incredible amount of bandwidth to the home," said Stephen Ste. Marie, Intertainer President & COO. "By adding Intertainer to that network, WINfirst gives the consumer a compelling, easy-to-understand reason for considering their service."

"The partnership with Intertainer gives our customers access to the widest selection of video on demand entertainment." said Frank Casazza, WINfirst President and COO. "It will enable our customer to enjoy new levels of convenience, choice and control over their viewing experience."

Along with Intertainer, the WINfirst video-on-demand platform includes NCube servers, middleware from Canal +Technologies and Philips set-top boxes. WINfirst is building an entirely new fiber optic network that is designed to offer high-speed Internet, 100% digital cable, and telephone service to every residential neighborhood it serves. WINfirst has received regulatory approval to build networks to more than 3.7 million homes in Sacramento, San Diego, Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Seattle.

Intertainer's broadband entertainment-on-demand service offers instant access to a wide variety of entertainment options, including first-run movies and classic favorites, music videos, full-length concerts and television programs-all within seconds. Customers can view their choices in full-screen, high-quality resolution with complete VCR functionality, allowing them to stop, rewind and fast-forward selections.

About Intertainer
Intertainer ( delivers the largest selection of movies, music videos, television and shopping on-demand to your PC or TV. The service features content from unprecedented partner relationships including Universal Pictures, Warner Bros., DreamWorks SKG, New Line Cinema, A&E Networks, NBC, Discovery, ESPN, Pearson Television, Warner Music, EMI Music and many others. Enhanced TV functionality, interactive advertising, e-commerce opportunities and personalization features round out the Intertainer experience. Strategic partners include Comcast, Intel, Microsoft, NBC, Qwest and Sony.

About WINfirst
WINfirst is building a new fiber-to-the-home residential network using fiber-optic technology in conjunction with Ethernet networking standards to break the last-mile bottleneck. WINfirst will provide the highest quality of customer service and choice, the convenience of one-stop shopping for high speed Internet, 100% digital cable TV and telephone service and the value of a bundled-service offering. For more information about WINfirst, visit