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Best Buy Selects Visual Circuits' Firefly MC as Standard Network Digital Media Appliance.

MINNEAPOLIS -- Over 1,000 Firefly MCs Deployed to Facilitate Satellite-Driven Content Distribution and Device Management and Control

Visual Circuits, recently acquired by FOCUS Enhancements, (Nasdaq:FCSE), today announced that Best Buy has selected the Firefly MC network digital media player as the standard appliance in supporting their in-store digital media strategy. To date, Best Buy has deployed over 1,000 Firefly MC (multi-channel) digital media players. Ongoing orders of the new players will be integrated into Best Buy's wide and local area networks to facilitate satellite-driven content distribution and device management and control. The upgraded store infrastructure will be used to communicate with and engage customers on a very personal and localized basis.

Anthony Rijken, manager of Interactive Display Design for Best Buy, comments, "Best Buy's unique service focuses heavily on the customer's needs. Digital media is an important part of our communication strategy and we required a solution that could scale to our needs. We selected Firefly MC early on because of its per channel playback value, reliability and flexibility. By integrating Firefly onto our network, we have the ability to customize information for specific consumer demographics with product content and educational information that is relevant to them."

The Firefly MC allows Best Buy to invest in two channels of media playback at initial deployment with the ability to instantaneously expand to four channels when needed through a simple upgrade. Firefly MC's smartcard functionality facilitates immediate and easy field upgrades, and provides strong field support by storing all system configuration and network settings.

"There's no doubt we remain excited about our relationship with Best Buy," quotes David Parish, EVP of Business Development for FOCUS. "They continually challenge us to match their retailing leadership and innovation with new features and products. Over the years, our experience and history with Best Buy has helped make our organization the market leader that it is."

Founded in 1991, Visual Circuits was purchased in May 2004 by FOCUS Enhancements Inc. FOCUS Enhancements (Nasdaq:FCSE) is a leading designer of world-class solutions in advanced, proprietary video technology. Headquartered in Campbell, CA, FOCUS Enhancements designs, develops and markets video solutions in two distinct markets: advanced proprietary video conversion integrated circuits (ICs) and affordable, high quality digital video acquisition, processing, conversion, archival, display and distribution products for commercial-market media applications. FOCUS Enhancements' complete line of products are sold globally through resellers and distributors to the broadcast, education, cable, business, industrial, presentation, Internet, gaming, home video production and home theater markets. More information on FOCUS Enhancements may be obtained from the company's SEC filings, or by visiting the FOCUS Enhancements home page at For more information on Firefly, visit or call 800-250-5533.

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Statements about future results and other expectations constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on current expectations and the current economic environment. The company cautions that these statements are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. A number of factors in addition to those discussed herein could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations. The ability of FOCUS to integrate recent acquisitions into its business model will significantly impact FOCUS' financial conditional and results of operations. Demand for FOCUS Enhancements' products, which impact revenue and the gross margin percentage, is affected by business and economic conditions and changes in customer order patterns. Any projections are inherently subject to significant economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond the control of FOCUS Enhancements. Important assumptions and other important factors, including risk factors, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are specified in the company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2003 and other filings with the SEC. The company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
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Date:Sep 14, 2004
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