Japan Leisure Channel Serves Powerboat-Race Fans With InfoValue QuickVideo™

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IP-based multicast provides race viewing to off-track betting sites across Japan.

While boat racing is very popular in Japan, most fans can’t get to the races, but with this service JLC makes it possible for them to enjoy the excitement of the competition and the off-track betting in hundreds of locations.

InfoValue Computing, Inc. (InfoValue), experts in providing innovative, high-performance video-streaming platforms and solutions, today announced that Japan Leisure Channel Co., Ltd. (JLC) of Tokyo is using the InfoValue QuickVideo™ streaming platform to provide real-time multisite remote viewing to 24 locations serving Japan’s popular powerboat-race scene.

Live since early November 2006, Japan Leisure Channel’s service allows boat-racing fans across Japan to watch the action relayed to betting locations via InfoValue’s award-winning IP video-streaming technology. Screening up to 180 races per day between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. on JLC’s three cable channels, the system already provides greater throughput than originally specified, and Japan Leisure Channel plans to extend the service further, with more video-on-demand capability.

“InfoValue QuickVideo enables a highly scalable and available streaming-based TV-switching broadcast system that allows Japan Leisure Channel to optimize the efficiency, cost, and scalability of our operations,” said Yoshimichi Maeoka, managing director for Japan Leisure Channel. “Without InfoValue QuickVideo, we could not have achieved the level of coverage we are now providing. This was a very quick installation, and it has been completely trouble-free and reliable from the start. We are very impressed also with the image quality; powerboat racing is demanding because of the fast-paced action and the constantly moving water filling most of the screen. The quality we get is much better than expected and comparable to HD.”

“This solution represents a new IP-based video approach to streamlining and scaling up telecasting of special events and many types of TV broadcasting,” said Monsong Chen, president of InfoValue. “While boat racing is very popular in Japan, most fans can’t get to the races, but with this service JLC makes it possible for them to enjoy the excitement of the competition and the off-track betting in hundreds of locations.”

InfoValue QuickVideo is the award-winning software platform for comprehensive video-streaming functionality over IP networks, including video-on-demand; video multicast; network PVR (for instant replay); recording, archiving, and publishing; and content distribution. InfoValue QuickVideo is based on a standards-compliant, open architecture that is optimized with innovative, patented technologies to ensure performance, scalability, and intelligence.

JLC and InfoValue partnered with Sanshin Electronics Co. (SEC) and Golden Micro Systems Corp. (GMS) to deliver this solution. SEC, a Tokyo-based systems integrator, provided and installed digital video encoder and decoder appliances at the race sites. GMS, also a Tokyo-based systems integrator, provided the hardware and user-interface integration of the solution.

More information about InfoValue is available at http://www.infovalue.com.

About JLC (Japan Leisure Channel)

JLC is Japan’s leading satellite communications television company specializing in the broadcast of motor boat races, a popular hobby in Japan. Founded in 1992, JLC broadcasts motor boat races, motor boat news, as well as other sports and leisure activities. In terms of volume, JLC broadcasts more than 20,000 motorboat races annually. The broadcasts take place via six satellite channels and one cable channel, and JLC recently started real-time on-demand Internet broadcasting. Annual sales for 2004 were in excess of $40 million.

About InfoValue

Founded in 1994, InfoValue are experts in providing comprehensive broadband streaming platforms and solutions. An industry pioneer, InfoValue is recognized for its innovations in advancing the video-streaming technology that has set the pace in performance, scalability, and intelligence. The InfoValue QuickVideo™ broadband video-streaming platform is based on a standards-compliant, open architecture that is optimized with innovative, patented technologies. InfoValue QuickVideo streaming software, currently being used by telecommunication carriers, corporations, governments, educational institutions, hospitality providers, and broadcasters around the world, offers interactive video-on-demand and video multicast capabilities as well as integrated video indexing, distributed video caching, server clustering, and video service management capabilities. InfoValue's corporate headquarters are located at 4 Westchester Plaza, Elmsford, NY 10523. More information on InfoValue and its products and services is available at http://www.infovalue.com or call +1 914 345 5980.

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Peggy Stalhut, Wall Street Communications

Tel: +1 631 423 4128

InfoValue Contact:

Jane Villanueva

Tel: +1 914 345 5980, x 100

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