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VIDEO WITHOUT BOUNDARIES UNVEILS MEDIAREADY VAR PROGRAM.

Video Without Boundaries, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: VDWB), Fort Lauderdale, Fla., a provider of convergent, interactive home entertainment devices, has introduced a VAR program for its MediaReady(TM) Internet/DVD Player, the revolutionary combo entertainment unit that brings email, web surfing, karaoke, MP3, CD music playback, and more to any television. Focused on specialty and high-end home electronics and computer retailers, the VAR program gives merchants an exceptional opportunity to capitalize on the developing market for convergent home entertainment devices.

Attractively priced at $349 (MSRP), MediaReady(TM) offers consumers and retailers an exciting new way to combine virtually all popular forms of entertainment. The hybrid device -- similar in size to most home DVD players -- incorporates a DVD player, Web browser, RealNetworks(TM) media player for Web-based streaming media, CD/VCD/SVCD/MP3 playback and much more. Especially attractive for retailers is the exclusive Linux-based operating platform supporting easy user upgrades; these upgrades are expected to drive significant follow-on hardware sales. Future items and upgrades for the MediaReady(TM) brand of devices are expected to include a Personal Video Recorder (PVR), video games, joysticks, & video conferencing services.

"MediaReady(TM) pricing is a breakthrough for its category, opening convergent entertainment to an extremely broad segment of the consumer market," said Jeffrey Harrell, president of Video Without Boundaries. "We believe our VAR program gives retailers a fresh new product that will not only intrigue and attract customers, but also will provide add-on sales opportunities for retailers of our products months, even years, after the initial sale."

Full-Featured Entertainment Unit

In addition to its other features, the MediaReady(TM) 3000 includes a full-sized wireless keyboard, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, picture-in- picture capability, a karaoke microphone jack, wireless remote, microphone, and other features that enable consumers to access all popular forms of home entertainment from the comfort of their couch.

MediaReady(TM) supports all forms of Internet connection including 56 kbps/DSL/cable modem or 10/100 Base-T Ethernet; the built-in Web browser includes SSL 3.0 for secure online shopping. The unit also supports the most popular inkjet and laser printers, including Epson(R) Stylus, HP DeskJet, Canon(R) BJC(TM), and PostScript laser printers, and offers an optional VWB Digital Camera, making it easy to add photos to outgoing email.

MediaReady(TM)'s Intel(R) Mobile Pentium(R) 266 MHz MMX(TM) processor with 64 MB flash storage and 128 MB DRAM deliver powerful Internet and email capability. A user-friendly, TV-optimized user interface allows even first- time users to navigate with ease. The unit also ships with all cables needed for easy hookup. For specific information regarding the MediaReady(TM) VAR Program go to www.vwbinc.com/var/varprogram.html.

Lafayette Unit Provides Momentum

Recently, Video Without Boundaries and Lafayette Electronics announced a strategic licensing agreement that will provide retailers with the next line of MediaReady(TM) products under the revived Lafayette brand. The unit, similar to MediaReady 3000 but with additional features, will debut by the end of Q2 of this year.

Low-Cost Evaluation Unit for VARs

To give merchants an opportunity to experience MediaReady(TM) for themselves, Video Without Boundaries has established a VAR Evaluation Program featuring MediaReady(TM) at a special discounted price. Members of the program will receive a MediaReady Internet/DVD Player (Model VWB-3000) at a discounted price of $299.00. Participants will also be assigned an account representative that can answer questions, supply operation and sales tips, and provide information about firmware upgrades and other updates as they occur.

The MediaReady(TM) VAR Evaluation Program also offers an extended money- back guarantee. For full details or to sign up for the program, visit http://www.vwbinc.com/vareval.html. A complete brochure on the MediaReady(TM) Internet/DVD player can be downloaded at http://www.vwbinc.com/mediaready.pdf.

About Video Without Boundaries

Video Without Boundaries (BULLETIN BOARD: VDWB) is a leader in the converging digital media on demand, enhanced home entertainment and emerging interactive consumer electronics markets. VWB is focused on home entertainment media products and solutions that enhance the consumer experience, while providing new revenue opportunities for online music and movie content providers. VWB, and its subsidiaries, are leading suppliers of broadband products, services and content including its ability to deliver broadcast quality digital video and web interactivity at transfer rates as low as 56K.

For more information, visit http://vwbinc.com/mediaready.pdf and http://www.vwbinc.com/vareval.html.
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