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Byron Preiss Multimedia announces Digital Video Disc (DVD) and CD-ROM for Intel Corporation's new Pentium(R) Processor with MMX(TM) Technology: The Timetables of Technology.

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 8, 1997--

Title to be Included with OEM Shipments of computer systems with

Pentium Processors with MMXTM Technology

Online Version to Launch on Discovery(TM) Channel Online

Byron Preiss Multimedia Company, Inc. (Nasdaq: CDRM) announces one of the first Digital Video Disc (DVD) and CD-ROM titles to use Intel Corporation's (Nasdaq: INTC) new Pentium(R) Processor with MMX(TM) technology. The title, THE TIMETABLES OF TECHNOLOGY, is co-published with Simon & Schuster Interactive. The title will be available on OEM shipments of computer systems with Pentium processors with MMX technology. Simon & Schuster Interactive intends to distribute the title into retail channels as Intel MMX technology becomes widely incorporated into new PC machines. Intel Corporation today introduced the Pentium processor with MMX technology, the first microprocessor to incorporate Intel's new technology which will deliver a new generation of higher-performance multimedia and communications applications. The technology will further advance the PC as the premier computing and entertainment platform.

"THE TIMETABLES OF TECHNOLOGY is proof of our commitment to stay at the forefront of new technology for the delivery of high-quality multimedia," said Byron Preiss, President and CEO of Byron Preiss Multimedia Company, Inc. "Including THE TIMETABLES OF TECHNOLOGY on initial OEM shipments of computer systems with MMX technology will promote rapid consumer awareness of the next generation of multimedia applications from Byron Preiss Multimedia Company and of the microprocessor from Intel Corporation that makes it possible."

Based on Simon & Schuster's popular Timetables series, THE TIMETABLES OF TECHNOLOGY is the ultimate 3D exploration of technology from the discovery of fire in the Stone Age to the creation of the Internet in the Information Age. The disc features a fully navigable timetable in a live 3D environment that lets users explore technological developments by time or subject matter and a series of 3D multimedia galleries highlighting key technological innovations through the ages. THE TIMETABLES OF TECHNOLOGY features the latest technologies optimized for Intel Pentium processors with MMX technology, including Renderware for live rendering of 3D spaces; Q Sound for a true 3D audio environment; and Voxware voice compression technology, which allows each of the timeline's 1,460 entries to contain voice-over narration.

THE TIMETABLES OF TECHNOLOGY will also allow users to connect directly to Discovery(TM) Channel Online's (DCOL) Technology Saturday site, a dedicated Timetables of Technology threaded discussion area, and live chats and other special events. This online component will include Live 3D models and RealAudio interviews.

Founded in 1992, Byron Preiss Multimedia Company, Inc., winner of a 1997 Newsweek Editor's Choice Award, is a public company that develops and publishes multimedia software, online services, content for broadcast television, and books for the consumer and education markets. Byron Preiss Multimedia Company's titles are published under six distinct imprints. Simon & Schuster, the publishing operation of Viacom (AMEX: VIA), acquired a 20% equity interest in Byron Preiss Multimedia Company, Inc., in March 1995.

THE TIMETABLES OF TECHNOLOGY will appear under the Digital Bauhaus(R) imprint, which specializes in innovative non-fiction. Digital Bauhaus titles include American Heritage(R) : The Civil War, Scientific American Library: The Planets, and Tim McCarver's The Way Baseball Works, all co-published with Simon & Schuster Interactive. Forthcoming titles in Spring 1997 include American Heritage: The History of the United States for Young People, American Heritage: Lincoln, and Scientific American Library: The Universe and The Planets.

Simon & Schuster Interactive is the consumer software publishing unit of the Simon & Schuster Consumer Group. Simon & Schuster, the publishing operation of Viacom, is the world's largest educational, computer book, and English language book publisher. With operations in 43 countries and book multimedia product distribution in 150 countries, its imprints include Simon & Schuster, Macmillan Publishing USA, Simon & Schuster Interactive, Pocket Books, Scribner, The Free Press, Prentice Hall, Silver Burdett Ginn, Allyn and Bacon, Computer Curriculum Corporation and Educational Management Group.

CONTACT: Byron Preiss Multimedia Company, Inc.

Byron Preiss, President & CEO

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