SHOWSHIFTER TO ENABLE PARALLEL TV VIEWING

Home Media Networks` Entertainment Software To Demonstrate Duel TV Viewing With Chip Manufacturer Micronas

Home Media Networks Ltd, developer of network -capable home entertainment software, announced that its ShowShifter software is to be demonstrated with chip manufacturer Micronas at the San Francisco Intel Developer Forum from today. Micronas' NgeneTM chip supports a new wave of dual tuner cards set to turn current TV viewing on its head. Such cards provide two separate tuners and can access any combination of analogue, digital and HDTV input signals.


Having a dual tuner card enables the viewer to record one channel while watching another, record two channels at once, or even view two different channels concurrently with 'Picture in Picture' support. In some countries, certain channels are broadcast only in digital or analogue. Using the Micronas chips plus ShowShifter provides access to all of these channels through one convenient interface.

"This solution opens up a new era for how viewers consume TV broadcasts," explained Home Media Networks CEO John Croft. "At Home Media Networks we are proud to continue to lead the way in offering consumers all the home entertainment functions they desire at a highly attractive price point."

As a market leader in innovative, global TV system solutions, Micronas leverages its expertise into new markets emerging through the digitisation of audio and video content.

ShowShifter allows users to watch, record and time -shift (pause) TV, play DVDs, CDs and MP3 music files all through one interface. The ability to control ShowShifter with a remote control and its unique Farview interface enables the consumer to use the product from anywhere in the room with a simple, unified interface for all home entertainment components (DVR, DVD, CD, etc. players), as with conventional home entertainment products.

Parallel viewing capability will be added to the next version of ShowShifter, expected to ship early 2005. Evaluation versions of current English and international versions of ShowShifter can be downloaded from www.showshifter.com.

About Home Media Networks Ltd
Home Media Networks Ltd is a company focused on the fast growing digital entertainment sector, producing software that runs on standard PC platforms to allow the user to watch, record and pause analogue and digital TV, play DVDs, and listen to MP3 music files. Its solution, ShowShifter, allows the user to pause a TV show to be replayed later and can be controlled remotely using a standard infrared remote control. Through unique FarView technology interaction works equally well close up or at a distance from the screen. Showshifter is a replacement for TV, VCR, DVD and CD players in a traditional household, thus introducing numerous cost savings for the consumer. Home Media Networks Ltd is headquartered in Edinburgh, UK. ShowShifter can be downloaded from www.showshifter.com.

About Micronas
Micronas, a semiconductor designer and manufacturer with worldwide operations, is a leading supplier of cutting -edge IC and sensor system solutions for consumer and automotive electronics. As a market leader in innovative, global TV system solutions, Micronas leverages its expertise into new markets emerging through the digitization of audio and video content. Micronas serves all major consumer brands worldwide, many of them in continuous partnerships seeking joint success. While the holding is headquartered in Zurich (Switzerland), operational headquarters are based in Freiburg (Germany). Currently, the Micronas Group employs about 1900 people. In 2003, it generated CHF 767 million in sales. For more information on Micronas and its products, please visit www.micronas.com.

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