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OpenGlobe Delivers Unparalleled Media Exploration Services for Home Entertainment Systems.

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CES 2002

Booth No. 22741

LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 8, 2002

In-depth music, movie & artist information complements broad range of

digital media platforms delivering heightened knowledge of

entertainment from comfort of the couch

OpenGlobe today announced, the OpenGlobe Entertainment Services, a first-of-its-kind set of home entertainment services delivered to a broad range of platforms, making it simple for users to explore behind their media through a TV interface.

OpenGlobe-enabled devices, shipping as early as July 2001, gain the new capabilities of these ever-evolving services. Current OpenGlobe-enabled devices include the Compaq iPAQ Music Center, Escient Convergence Fireball(TM), the Kenwood Sovereign(TM) Entre and Axcess.

Based on years of delivering visually engaging media management technologies for the home theater, OpenGlobe (an affiliate of Escient Technologies) again takes the lead bringing diverse, once PC-bound, convergence technologies to the living room in a meaningful way. "Our goal is to help users gain a heightened awareness of their media collections and, in turn, a heightened awareness of themselves," said Rob Hudson, OpenGlobe vice president of marketing. "You just can't take a PC approach to this, you need to understand the couch experience and be true to it, while still breaking new ground with the use of technology behind the scenes. We let the user drive and the result is a totally opt-in personal journey of discovery into their entertainment interests."

Current OpenGlobe Entertainment Services capabilities include:
-- Music and Movie(a) Exploration: in-depth information behind the scenes of
music and movies. Explore favorite artist/actor: biographies, discographies,
filmographies and influences.

-- Music Programming: including Internet Radio from partners such as Radio Free
Virgin and local radio stations from across the country and the world.


Media Recognition and Visual Interface Metadata: cover art, artists, track names, movie names, cast and crew.

-- Remote Media Management: Web Sync -- allows users to review

and prepare music playlists remotely from any browser and

synchronize lists; PC Sync -- moves content from PCs to

OpenGlobe-enabled entertainment devices and manages metadata,

cover art and playlists through a home network.

-- CE-Commerce(TM): convenient, secure opportunities to buy media

as a result of a user's exploration into their music and movie

interests.

(a) Movie content available Q1, 2002.

OpenGlobe Entertainment Services are designed to enhance a wide variety of consumer electronics devices. Using OpenGlobe core technologies and a TV-based interface, CD players evolve into digital audio jukeboxes, DVD players evolve into enhanced DVD players, receivers gain broadcast and Internet radio station auto-tuning, CD changers and portable MP3 jukeboxes gain a natural place in the home entertainment system.

About OpenGlobe(TM)

OpenGlobe, Inc., an affiliated company of Escient Technologies, LLC, is a leading entertainment services and media device technologies provider delivering simply powerful home entertainment. Working with world-class consumer electronics and personal computer manufacturers and core component suppliers, OpenGlobe seamlessly brings a world of entertainment capabilities into users' home entertainment systems. Users can easily store and access their media collections, discover gaps, import and use digital media, create favorite playlists, or further access the OpenGlobe services to explore new artists or genres, get customized content, receive media recommendations, and opt into personalized CE-Commerce(TM) purchasing opportunities. Headquartered in Indianapolis, OpenGlobe sets the benchmark for products and services that entertain the concept of simplicity. www.OpenGlobe.NET
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