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EON CORPORATION ALIGNMENT WITH CAPITAL CITIES/ABC SIGNALS BREAKTHROUGH OF INTERACTIVE TELEVISION TO NETWORK-LEVEL PROGRAMMING

 NEW YORK, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- EON Corporation (EON) of Reston, Va., has formed alliances with several leading television programmers to bring the fun and excitement of interactivity to national network-level broadcast and cable channel programming. The arrangements between Capital Cities/ABC, Inc. (NYSE: CCB), PBS, NTN Communications (AMEX: NTN), other programmers such as the Weather Channel and EON mark the first public commitments by a major commercial broadcast network and other national-level entertainment programmers to attempt to develop interactivity as a staple of television programming.
 EON, Capital Cities/ABC, NTN Communications and other programmers will establish a joint development committee that would work to create interactive programming elements that are expected to be featured in many prominent midday and prime time sports, news and entertainment programs. Specific news and entertainment programming that may feature interactive elements supplied by EON include "Good Morning America," the "Home" show, "All My Children," "General Hospital," "Loving," "One Life To Live," "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings," and "Nightline." EON's interactive service may also be incorporated in major sports events, including NFL football and NCAA college football and basketball games, major league baseball games, National Hockey League games, as well as boxing and horse racing contests. Similar plans to create interactive applications are being discussed for ESPN and ESPN-2 all- sports cable channels and Lifetime Television.
 EON's interactive TV system will let audience members interact with the programs they are watching. For example, a sports viewer would be able to guess the next play in a football game before the quarterback calls it. Viewers of news programs would be able to request additional information about topics or indicate their preferences on guests and issues to be profiled in later programs. The audience of entertainment/information programming such as "Good Morning America" and the "Home" show would be able to request additional information about topics or products featured on the program.
 Stephen Weiswasser, president of Capital Cities/ABC's Multimedia Group, noted that EON's two-way interactive technology operates independently of cable or telephone delivery systems. "EON will provide programmers and our affiliates with the opportunity to enhance the television enjoyment of every viewer regardless of how the signal is delivered," Weiswasser said. "We are very interested in interactivity, and we think EON has the potential to be one of the successful players in this important niche."
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 /CONTACT: Paul Sturiale of EON Corporation, 703-715-8606/
 (CCB NTN)


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