SKY PerfecTV and EdgeStream Announce Start of Trials to Provide Video Streaming over IP in Japan

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SKY PerfecTV signs an agreement with EdgeStream to begin trials to determine feasibility of deploying the Â?next generation Video Streaming Technology platformÂ? to provide DVD quality video over IP to the Japanese broadband users over the public Internet

SKY Perfect Communications Inc.(SKY PerfecTV), Japan’s digital multi-channel broadcasting services company and EdgeStream, Inc today announced that they have agreed to begin a three months trial to evaluate EdgeStream’s ‘Next Generation Video Streaming over IP Technology Platform” for VOD/IPTV in Japan. EdgeStream’s disruptive technology platform shall enable for the very first time, broadband users across all networks in Japan to watch uninterrupted Broadcast quality video on demand streams over the public Internet.

“Japanese customers have been demanding a platform that allows them to get Cinema quality delivery over their broadband networks on ever increasing number of devices i.e. mobile handsets, STB/TV and PC. EdgeStream’s disruptive technology bridges this high quality delivery need to all devices with its global reach and cost effective Video over IP Streaming Platform”, said Mr. Uju Yamazaki Executive Officer, Business Development Group of SKY PerfecTV. “Until now, video streaming to homes over the IP network in Japan has been both technically and commercially challenging, in spite of high bandwidthlast mile connections commonly available today as a result of huge investments made to improve the infrastructure by the traditional telcos and content delivery networks”, continued Mr.Yamazaki. “With EdgeStream’s core Internet Congestion Tunnel Through (ICTT) technology and advanced Continuous Route Optimization Software (CROS), we will be able to provide a very dependable platform that enables for the very first time, DVD quality video on demand streams without any interruptions to all broadband users with a Quality of Service that is similar to their current private networks providers and at significantly lower costs”.

“EdgeStream technology will allow SKY PerfecTV to realize its Mid Term Management Multi-Platform strategy to repurpose video content for distribution over IP to mobile handsets, personal computers and televisions. Our technology will allow SKY PerfecTV to offer the same quality of service over the ubiquitous public Internet that is currently enjoyed by their satellite TV customers. At the completion of the trial, SKY PerfecTV will be able to set up their own video streaming channels for delivery over the public Internet, thus saving huge infrastructure and operational expenses compared to setting up service over content delivery networks or private networks, without compromising quality or reliability. Furthermore, EdgeStream’s ability to deliver the same content to mobile devices, personal computers and televisions over one unified platform will enable Sky PerfecTV to meet the challenges of providing services in the emerging multi-device/multi-platform environment”, said Vinod Sodhi, CEO of EdgeStream at the press conference in Tokyo today.

Mr. Yamazaki further added "We have been conducting internal reviews of the EdgeStream technology platform with exceptional results for several months now. Our strength in the Japanese media industry combined with EdgeStream’s video delivery platform, allows us to expand our relationship with our audience. Utilizing just a handful of geographically dispersed server sites for network resiliency and route diversity, the EdgeStream platform will allow delivery of true TV and DVD quality video on demand streaming to all broadband connected clients in Japan and across the world”.

About SKY Perfect Communications Inc.

SKY Perfect Communications Inc. (TSE, First Section: 4795) had total assets as of March 31, 2005 of approximately US$1,076 million and total annual revenues of approximately US$701 million. SKY Perfect Communications offers a digital multi-channel satellite broadcasting service in Japan and engages in subscriber management and marketing as a platform carrier. Aggressive subscriber acquisition has created overwhelming dominance in Japan. For more information, visit http://www.skyperfectv.co.jp/skycom/e/.

About EdgeStream

EdgeStream markets a video on demand and IPTV streaming software platform that allows content owners, aggregators and service providers to reliably deliver jitter and interruption free DVD quality video, to their broadband enabled audience over public Internet anywhere across the globe. Based in Laguna Hills, California, the company has developed multiple proprietary software applications dedicated to ensuring server and network reliability including Internet Congestion Tunnel Through (ICTT) technology, Continuous Route Optimisation Software (CROS) and Real Time Performance Monitoring Service (RPMS). Together, these technologies have virtually resolved the "middle mile" latency and reliability issues. Additionally, EdgeStream's advanced network architecture has provided the ability to build an efficient delivery network with low capital investment and operational costs.

For more information on EdgeStream’s technology or hosting services, please visit our web site at http://www.edgestream.com

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