Escient Announces Trade Debut Of Fireball DVDM -100

The Ultimate DVD Video and Digital Music Home Management System. Groundbreaking new DVD/CD changer control system to debut at CEDIA EXPO 2003 as the latest edition to the award-winning Fireball lineup

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - CEDIA EXPO 2003 BOOTH #114 - September 3, 2003 - Following on the phenomenal success of the company's award winning FireBall music management systems, Escient, the pioneering leader in the groundbreaking new category of audio/video products that meld Internet power seamlessly with intuitive home -entertainment devices, announced today the debut of the FireBall DVDM -100. The ultimate home -theater DVD and CD management solution, the FireBall DVDM -100 will be unveiled and on display at CEDIA EXPO 2003 from September 3rd thru 7th in Indianapolis, Indiana. Bernie Sepaniak, President of Escient, made the announcement.

With the industry's adoption of DVD continuing at an unprecedented rate, the highly anticipated debut of Escient's Fireball DVDM -100 signifies the arrival of the ultimate solution for home theater media management. Unbelievably easy -to -use and the ideal companion to the award winning Escient Fireball, the FireBall DVDM -100 provides CEDIA Dealers / Installers with the most innovative DVD/CD solution available on the market today.

Escient's FireBall DVDM -100 is a groundbreaking new changer control and media management system that provides a graphical on -screen user interface that allows users to easily manage and control up to 1209 DVDs and CDs that are stored and protected in up to three Sony DVD or CD changers or up to three Kenwood or Pioneer DVD changers.

At the touch of a button, the DVDM -100 utilizes Escient's patented automatic transport and identification technologies to instantly find and play any DVD or music CD in the user's collection. Tapping into Escient's world - renowned OpenGlobe Entertainment Services and Internet DVD database and Gracenote's CDDB music service, the DVDM -100 features an integrated movie guide and player that displays movie titles, cast biographies, ratings, release years, cover art, genres, and the physical location for all DVDs in the external changers. The FireBall DVDM -100 also features an advanced parental control feature, which allows a parent to monitor and place viewing restrictions on their children based on a movie's rating.

The FireBall DVDM -100 contains a built -in 10/100 Ethernet connector and 56K modem and can easily be connected to a variety of in -home, high -speed broadband and wireless networks. Escient's FireBall DVDM -100 is a complete audio and video management solution allowing the user to view, manage, and play MP3 music stored on an Escient FireBall E -40, E -120, or HPNA music server when connected on the same home network. The FireBall DVDM -100 will also play a variety of

Internet Radio Stations provided by Sirius Satellite Radio, Radio Free Virgin and others.

The FireBall DVDM -100 provides complete and automatic video and audio switching and pass -through support for up to three DVD or CD changers. This complete audio and video support includes three component, composite and s -video inputs, three digital Toslink and coax audio inputs, and even three sets of 5.1 channel analog audio inputs to support automatic multi -channel and stereo switching for DVD -Audio, SACD, and CD music titles. The DVDM -100 will also control external A/V receivers switching them to the correct surround mode and multi -channel audio input for the type of disc played. The DVDM -100 includes 4 serial ports and three s -link ports for changer control, touch panel support, and the ability to be controlled by third party controls systems such as Crestron and AMX. The DVDM -100 can also be controlled via its Ethernet interface.

The DVDM provides complete control of the DVDs and CDs from its on -screen user interface including all transport controls and trick modes, all DVD menu controls, all DVD options controls and most direct changer interface commands. The on -screen user interface provides a listing of the DVDs and CDs in the changers by title and by cover art and allows the user to quickly and easily find movies and music by genre, by paging up and down through the lists and by searching by letter using the numeric keypad on the IR remote or the included wireless keyboard.

In making the announcement Mr. Sepaniak stated, "With the release of the FireBall DVDM -100, Escient has, once again, created and introduced a groundbreaking new product that represents the next generation in home entertainment. Escient's FireBall DVDM -100 seamlessly combines state -of -the -art consumer electronics with the vast power of the Internet, and further solidifies Escient's commitment to developing, and bringing to market, cutting -edge convergence products."

The Fireball DVDM -100 will ship in November 2003 and will carry a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $1,999.

About Escient:

Escient is a division of Digital Networks North America, Inc. (DNNA), and is the pioneering leader in the design, development, manufacture, marketing, sales, distribution and support of a groundbreaking new category of audio/video products that meld Internet power seamlessly with intuitive home -entertainment devices. Escient's products and services are designed to enhance the entertainment experience by providing previously unheard -of ways to access music, movies and related content throughout the home. The company possess a deep portfolio of designs for new products including media servers, DVD systems, remote players, and networking and streaming devices, that are brought to market under the Escient brand through a channel of over 800 locations throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Mexico, and in partnership with other leading global consumer electronics brands.

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