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USA Video Interactive and LEARN Sign Contract to Develop "Distance Education" Programs for Educational Institutions.

MYSTIC, Conn., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- USA Video Interactive (OTC Bulletin Board: USVO; Alberta: US) ( and LEARN have signed a contract to jointly develop and offer "Distance Education" programs utilizing on-line Intranet and Internet formats and networked multi-media platforms. USA Video Interactive will digitally encode a series of educational videos to serve as the prime curriculum for Teikyo Post University students enrolled in the university's "Professional Development for Early Care and Education Providers" program. The program is offered to all of the approximately 2,000 Early Care and Education Providers requiring certification and licensing by the state of Connecticut.

On a statewide basis, enrolled students will be able to access the program's content through USA Video Interactive servers housed at LEARN via USA Video Interactive's Video on Demand(TM) streaming media technologies. "This is the beginning of a long-term relationship between all the parties involved to provide the best distance education technologies, first throughout Connecticut, and then nationwide," said Jean-Paul LeBlanc, Director of Business and Finance for LEARN.

Initial deployment of the distance education model will commence in September, and can serve as a model for a number of LEARN and Teikyo Post University educational programs adaptable to USA Video Interactive's technologies.

"The distance education model we have developed for this project will revolutionize the way classes and courses are traditionally taught," said Edwin Molina, President of USA Video Interactive. "Any enrolled individual will have access to course content and lesson plans at their convenience, thereby allowing a user-friendly approach to learning that can now be deployed and utilized with virtually unlimited applications."

About LEARN:

LEARN provides technology and other services in Connecticut to 24 school districts, 120 schools and more than 49,000 students. LEARN has begun to digitize its library of 14,000 videotapes using the USA Video Interactive system.

About USA Video Interactive:

USA Video Interactive is an international designer and supplier of high- tech Video-on-Demand(TM) systems, services and solutions. USA Video Interactive has strategic alliances with UUNET (, an MCI/WorldCom company and the world's largest internet provider; SeaChange International (, suppliers of NT-based broadcast servers; Motion, Inc, a full-service video and film production company; AGC/United Learning Educational Media, Phoenix Learning Group, Lucerne Media and The Thomas Klise Company, four of the world's largest educational video libraries with more than 10,000 titles in current use; Fraunhofer/CRCG ( (, an international research and development company primarily in education, computers and graphics; and others. Merging Rivers Media is USA Video Interactive's West Coast subsidiary, focused on providing the USA Video Interactive technology and full advertising-agency services to the entertainment industry.

The USA Video Interactive technology allows users to view streaming video or to access digitized video libraries, including movies, sports, other entertainment, educational resources, corporate training seminars and other archives. The USA Video Interactive technology gives users full-motion video; the unique flexibility of standard, VCR-like controls of play, fast forward, reverse and pause; and the convenience of a standard internet-browser format for access. USA Video Interactive can utilize MPEG-1, MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 compression techniques but prefers its Wavelet compression technology. The USA Video Interactive Wavelet technology allows direct streaming and download and play options; provides video images significantly faster and at a higher degree of resolution than with previously available methods; significantly overcomes bandwidth restrictions; and eliminates the blockiness and slowness of current technologies, all at a lower cost. An essential feature of the USA Video Interactive technology is that it allows extremely high compression ratios while retaining broadcast quality.

USA Video Interactive Corp.

Corporate Headquarters Office: 70 Essex Street; Mystic, CT 06355;

800-625-2200; 860-572-1560.

Merging Rivers Media: 6380 Wilshire Blvd.; Suite 911; Los Angeles, CA

90048; 310-441-0772.

Canada Office: 837 West Hastings Street; Suite #507; Vancouver, B.C.

V6C 3N6.

Trading symbol on the US NASD OTC BB: USVO; SEC 12g3-2(b) Exemption: #82-

1601. Trading symbol on The Alberta Stock Exchange: US.

Standard & Poors Listed. CUSIP 902924208; Video-On-Demand(TM) and Video

Yellow Pages(TM) are trademarks of USA Video.

The Alberta Stock Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept

responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

CONTACT -- Media Relations: Tony Castagno 860-572-1560; Investor

Relations: Kevin Yorio 860-572-1560.
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