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INTERACTIVE NETWORK WILL PLAY FOOTBALL; DISMISSES NTN CLAIMS TO THE CONTRARY

 MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Interactive Network, Inc. (NASDAQ: INNN) today announced that it will offer its subscribers a new game called IN the Huddle that will enable them to play along with live broadcasts of professional and college football.
 NTN Communications, Inc. had announced in a news release earlier today that it would not grant IN a license for its OB1 football game for the remainder of the current season. NTN provides its game through technology licensed from IN.
 "We obviously do not need permission from NTN or anyone else to play our own game under our own patent," David B. Lockton, president of IN said.
 NBC, which holds approximately 11 percent interest in IN, fully agreed. "We are very familiar with all facts surrounding the OB1 licensing issue and we completely support Interactive Network's position in this regard," Tom Rogers, executive vice president of NBC, stated.
 The press released issued by NTN this morning regarding its OB1 license is another chapter in NTN's campaign of "misinformation by selective revelation of facts," according to David Lockton, Interactive Network's president and CEO.
 On July 7, 1993 the Federal Court stated that NTN's game OB1, played under patent license from Interactive Network, violated IN's patent. The same Federal Court dismissed NTN actions for invalidity and fraud, upholding the IN patent. The court left pending only Interactive Network's suits to revoke NTN's license and to permanently enjoin the play of OB1: to permanently enjoin the play of all other interactive television related games, and claims for attorney's fees provided for in the agreements, along with other injunctive and damage relief claims. Decisions on IN's claims have not yet been rendered.
 "NTN conveniently fails to mention in its press release that its `claim' in a second Federal Court action was made in response to a Declaratory Judgment action filed by Interactive Network on June 11, 1993 against NTN," said Lockton.
 Interactive Network has been ready for months to play IN the Huddle but entered into discussions with NTN to extend its copyright license for the game OB1 for two more years. NTN asked, as consideration for the copyright license, the dismissal of present claims as well as forthcoming related claims for malicious prosecution (as a result of NTN's re-raising the fraud claim after NTN had previously stipulated to the contrary). "We are simply not willing to waive these valuable existing and potential claims just to accommodate a licensee," said Lockton.
 According to Lockton, OB1 has been the only real-time interactive television game offered by NTN in the United States since the patent litigation ensued, and NTN has no rights to sub-license IN's patent to anyone. "Because Interactive Network is the only company in the U.S. with an operating system that permits subscribers at home to play along with a full range of televised sports, game shows, public affairs programs and education shows -- and because we hold the patent to this system -- we are well positioned to become the industry standard for `play-along television,'" he added. "NTN's announcement, obviously timed to coincide with the start of our national roll-out, does not change that fact."
 IN's subscription-based patented entertainment system allows television viewers to interact directly with televised sports, game shows, primetime and news/talk programs and educational shows. Strategic investors include National Broadcasting Co., Inc., Tele- Communications, Inc., Gannett Co., Inc. and A.C. Nielsen. Interactive Network is a publicly held company trading under the NASDAQ symbol INNN.
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