Cable's Leading Content Aggregator To Offer MSOs And Cable Networks Greater Control Over VOD Content Distribution, Programming And Reporting

CULVER CITY, Calif., May 6, 2002 - Intertainer, the leading broadband entertainment on demand content and services provider, today announced a deal with PanAmSat that will enable Intertainer to distribute VOD content to its cable affiliate partners via satellite. The satellite delivery of VOD content will substantially improve efficiencies by eliminating the need for manual input at the cable headend.

In addition, Intertainer will work with PanAmSat to integrate satellite delivery into the Intertainer Demand E.S.P.™ platform of VOD services. Through this platform, cable operators and programmers providing their own VOD services will be able to manage the flow of VOD content to the headend, affording greater control over content distribution, programming and reporting at both the national and individual system level.

PanAmSat's satellite delivery architecture utilizes the VODCast pitcher-catcher solution from SeaChange International, which is fully interoperable with video servers from leading vendors using industry standard protocols. With the VODCast platform, the content is encrypted for distribution and is only decrypted at the headend, remaining secure throughout the transport.

Using a Web-based interface, operators and programmers will be able to remotely access the delivery system to monitor the status of content during distribution, and eventually to program new titles, delete content, customize programming for individual systems and track usage. Such control will enable operators and programmers to optimize scheduling and server space.

"We all understand the benefit of giving consumers greater control over their programming choices, now Intertainer and PanAmSat can give operators and programmers greater control over their on-demand offerings with a highly scalable, fully automated solution," said Stephen Ste. Marie, Intertainer President & COO. "This satellite delivery scheme can reach approximately 95 percent of cable systems and is easily implemented with minimal effort required on the part of the operator."

Intertainer has a system-wide agreement to deploy VOD to Adelphia digital cable subscribers and has deployments on several Comcast systems throughout the New Jersey and Pennsylvania area, for a current total of approximately 300,000 VOD-enabled homes passed.

About Intertainer

A pioneer in the video on demand space, Intertainer provides three major services: A broadband entertainment on demand service, available at, offering U.S. subscribers instant access to the largest selection of premium movies, music and television programming; Industry leading video on demand content aggregation for cable operators; and Demand E.S.Pô, a comprehensive platform of software and professional services enabling cable operators, broadband providers and content owners to create and manage their own VOD services. Intertainer features content from unprecedented partner relationships including Universal Pictures, Warner Bros., DreamWorks SKG, MGM, A&E Networks, NBC, Discovery, ESPN, Warner Music, EMI Music and many others. Strategic partners include Thomson, Comcast, Intel, Microsoft, NBC, Qwest and Sony.

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