Purchasers of D-Link Wireless Network Media Players To Receive a 6-Month Limited Trial Subscription to the Radio@AOL Service
Las Vegas, NV, January 7, 2004 - D -Link, the global leader in the design and development of connectivity and communications technologies for the digital home and the small to medium business markets, and America Online, Inc., the world's leading interactive services company, today announced a new alliance to jointly offer expanded entertainment options for the Digital Home. The companies are collaborating to develop and deliver products and services that will allow broadband consumers to access secure, high -quality video, music and photo content, on -demand, from virtually any room in the home.
In the first step of this new relationship, D -Link and AOL are extending access to the #1 Internet broadcasting service, Radio@AOL, beyond the computer and into any room with a TV or stereo. A new line of D -Link Wireless Media Players, including the Wireless Network Player with DVD and the D -Link Wireless Network Player with 5 -in -1 Flash Card Reader stream multimedia content such as audio, photos and video across a home network to a home entertainment center for an unparalleled entertainment experience. The D -Link Wireless Media Players will immediately enhance and extend an AOL for Broadband member's experience by allowing them to listen to over 175 CD -quality Radio@AOL stations on any TV or stereo in the home. D -Link and AOL are also working together to extend AOL's popular You've Got Pictures in the same way, allowing AOL for Broadband members to view their personal photos and slideshows, and exclusive photos from AOL's various photo galleries by using the AOL You've Got Pictures service on any TV in the home.
In addition to the product and service alliance described above, D -Link and AOL are also working together to provide valuable digital home services for users of D -Link products who are not current AOL for Broadband subscribers. AOL and D -Link plan to offer purchasers of D -Link Wireless Network Media Players a 6 -month limited trial subscription to the Radio@AOL service allowing them to enjoy the #1 Internet broadcasting service for six months at no additional cost.
A sneak peek of the new D -Link Wireless Network Players featuring AOL content will be on display January 8 -11 at the D -Link booth number 21865 in the South Hall of the Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
"We feel this is an excellent combination of product offerings that work together to create a terrific value for consumers," said Steven Joe, President and CEO of D -Link. "We are pleased to form this new alliance with America Online to incorporate advanced broadband entertainment into our consumers' daily lives."
"D -Link seemed the natural choice to work with to offer consumers AOL's great line of entertainment services for the digital home," said Peter Ashkin, Executive Vice President of America Online, Inc. "We are very pleased to be able to present Radio@AOL and You've Got Pictures on D -Link's digital home products, and we look forward to continuing to work with such an innovative company to extend AOL services beyond the PC."
"The alliance between America Online and D -Link is indicative of the next step in the progression of broadband technology for home users," said Michael Wolf, Director, Enterprise and Residential Communication, In -Stat/MDR. "Streaming entertainment content over a network to and from the entertainment center will continue to gain momentum in 2004."
AOL is leveraging open standard technologies, such as SOAP/XML and the Liberty Alliance specifications, to allow third -party applications to easily access and interact with AOL's online services. This approach allows D -Link's Wireless Media Player customers to stream AOL multimedia content, beginning with Radio@AOL and You've Got Pictures, from the home broadband connection to the living room where it can be experienced through a home entertainment system. D -Link's easy -to -use, television -based user interface will make it easy to access and control the AOL services with the included D -Link remote control.
Radio@AOL and Radio@AOL for Broadband are two of AOL's leading Internet radio services under the AOL Radio@ Network, which also includes Radio@Netscape. The AOL Radio@ Network is the #1 Internet Broadcaster far surpassing its rivals in terms of overall usage and usage of individual stations, according to Arbitron Internet Broadcast Ratings. AOL's Radio@ Network transforms the conventional Internet radio experience by offering convenient 24/7 access to a vast selection of original and third party programming, contextual information and integrated commerce. The AOL Radio@ Network currently offers 175 best -of -breed music, news, sports, entertainment and seasonal stations, as well as features from today's hottest stars and most respected names in broadcasting. The You've Got Pictures service allows users to easily find, file and share photos from AOL or from their personal digital photo library on their computer.
About D -Link Systems, Inc.
Ranked by BusinessWeek as one of the top 100 Information technology companies, D -Link is the worldwide leader and award winning designer and developer of networking, broadband, digital electronics, voice and data communications solutions for the digital home, Small Office/Home Office (SOHO), Small to Medium Business (SMB), and Workgroup to Enterprise environments. D -Link is a dominant market participant and price/performance leader in the networking and communications market. D -Link U.S.A., Canadian, and Latin American headquarters are located at 17595 Mt. Herrmann, Fountain Valley, CA, 92708. Phone (800) 326 -1688 or (714) 885 -6200; FAX (866) 743 -4610; Internet www.dlink.com.
About America Online, Inc.
America Online, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. Based in Dulles, Virginia, America Online is the world's leader in interactive services, web brands, Internet technologies and e -commerce services.