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DuckVision 2.2 Software Transforms PCs Into 'Digital VCRs'.

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 17, 1998--

The Duck Corporation Leads PC/TV Convergence Revolution

The Duck Corporation, a major provider of software solutions for the computer entertainment industry, today launched DuckVision(TM) 2.2, its "soft" VCR, now with added features for TV viewing and recording on a PC.

Announced today at the Second Annual Digital Television Conference sponsored by Warburg Dillon Read LLC, DuckVision 2.2, featuring Duck's award-winning video compression technology, allows consumers to watch, compress and record full-motion television images in real time on a personal computer equipped with a TV tuner card -- without additional costly compression hardware.

"DuckVision 2.2 is a new software package with exciting video viewing and playback features that functions for the consumer just like an advanced 'digital VCR,'" said Dan Miller, president of The Duck Corporation. "With DuckVision 2.2, you schedule the recording time of a favorite show if you're home or not, and DuckVision automatically compresses and records it onto your hard drive or favorite removable media. Then you can watch the show, even skipping commercials at the touch of a button. DuckVision 2.2 also picks up closed captioning if you want it."

DuckVision is the first software product to harness the power of PC television tuner cards, providing sophisticated yet easy-to-use features for consumers seeking performance beyond the basic starter software package bundled with the cards. By making digital video accessible to so many consumers, DuckVision significantly advances the convergence of PCs and TVs. The Future of Multimedia Convergence

Richard Frazita, senior analyst with Access Media International, said:

"Accessing TV content via PC is the next step in the multimedia explosion, and it is definitely moving in a direction consumers want, which is toward giving them more control. In a survey of over 1,000 households we recently conducted, more than 50 percent of PC users found the ability to control TV content 'very appealing.' Any product that allows them to do this easily should be very popular."

DuckVision 2.2 allows consumers to: -- View television programs either on the full monitor screen or

in a window while running other applications -- Compress and record full-motion video in real time without

additional costly compression hardware -- Record television programs onto a hard drive or removable

media -- Easily schedule one-time recording or recording at set

intervals (daily, weekly, etc.) -- Automatically schedule recording by selecting a program from

the listings on a popular online TV programming-guide web site -- Capture a single image from any TV program or video source -- View closed-caption information -- Skip commercials during playback -- TrueMotion playback ships with Microsoft Windows(R) 98 so that

any file recorded with DuckVision can be played back on any other

Windows 98 machine Technical Specs and Availability

DuckVision requires an Intel or compatible P100 or higher processor with 16MB of RAM, Windows 95 or higher, a Windows- compatible sound card and a PCI bus video capture card (with a tuner for scheduled recording). DuckVision 2.2 is available directly from Duck's web site, www.duck.com, and from Tiger Direct, 1-800-888-4437. About The Duck Corporation

The Duck Corporation leads the desktop video revolution, using its TrueMotion compression technology to enable TV-to-PC convergence. Duck was founded in 1992 to pursue technological breakthroughs in digital video, and its first major advance was the development of TrueMotion. Among Duck's patent-pending developer products are compression applications and plug-in codecs (for Windows and QuickTime) and video playback engines (TruePlay(TM). The privately held company has its headquarters New York City's Tribeca Film Center. More information on the company and its products is available at Duck's web site, www.duck.com.

For press information, contact: Carol Edwards, cedwards@shandwick.com, 212/591-9805

For product, sales information: Fabian Friedland, fabian@duck.com, 212/941-2400

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