Scottish Developer Of ShowShifter Acquired
Home Media Networks Ltd, the leading developer of media center software, today announced that it has been acquired by SkyNetGlobal, Australia's leading provider of wireless broadband and home lifestyle solutions. The acquisition by SkyNetGlobal, dual listed on AIM in London and the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), will enable Home Media Networks to market ShowShifter, its all -in -one media center software, into new markets and also gives SkyNetGlobal a presence in the UK.
Home Media Networks will keep its existing management team and continue its Edinburgh -based operations. Online sales of the software will continue, with the addition of products from SkyNetGlobal's W Home Automation range. SkyNetGlobal will also integrate ShowShifter into their product range available through its established retail channels across Australia.
"The acquisition by SkyNetGlobal means we can continue to promote ShowShifter as the best software for the digital home," commented Home Media Networks' Chief Technical Officer, Colin Tinto. "Combining our software with SkyNetGlobal's home automation hardware takes us another step closer to our original vision for ShowShifter - a one -stop -shop for all your digital entertainment, wherever you are in the home."
The Australian based company has recently signed a deal worth $23 million (US) in Eastern Europe to provide digital lifestyle products for installation in new build upscale apartment buildings. SkyNetGlobal see this as a significant new market for them, and will offer ShowShifter as part of the overall suite of products to create a compelling all in one solution.
"Home Media Networks is one of the pioneers in the digital lifestyle market, and their experience will be invaluable to us," said SkyNetGlobal's CEO, Jonathan Soon. "It is our first acquisition in the UK, and it gives us an established presence to push forward with our European growth strategy."
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), as with conventional home entertainment products. ShowShifter has seen soaring demand since its launch in 2000, and now boasts over 1 million users worldwide.
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.