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ZENITH ANNOUNCES MULTIMEDIA PLAYER FOR NEW 'VIS' FORMAT

 ZENITH ANNOUNCES MULTIMEDIA PLAYER FOR NEW 'VIS' FORMAT
 GLENVIEW, Ill., Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Zenith Electronics Corp.


(NYSE: ZE) today announced an interactive multimedia player for the new "Video Information System" (VIS) format developed by Tandy Corp.
 Zenith's VIS multimedia player combines interactive digital disc technology with the ease of use for the entire family, according to Bruce A. Huber, Zenith's vice president of marketing for consumer products. When connected to a color TV set, the VIS player will provide fast, easy interaction with the pictures, voice, music and motion -- bringing a new educational and entertainment experience to the home.
 Huber said the VIS format, unlike other approaches, is built around industry-standard technology that is friendly to software developers. At the heart of the VIS format is Microsoft Modular Windows for VIS, an operating environment developed by Microsoft Corp. "Along with essential compatibility with existing standards for software developers, VIS is a simple, yet powerful format for multimedia consumer products," Huber said.
 Zenith plans to market its VIS multimedia player beginning this fall through its nationwide network of consumer electronics distributors and dealers. Zenith players also will be available through Tandy Name Brand Retail Group outlets: Video Concepts, The Incredible Universe and McDuff Electronics stores.
 "The VIS format will offer a tremendous breadth and depth of software," said Huber. "With widespread support from nearly 50 software and publishing companies, the VIS format already is well on its way to becoming the standard in the multimedia CD player arena." Software suppliers already have committed to more than 100 educational, informational and entertainment VIS titles.
 Included with Zenith's VIS Multimedia player is Compton's Multimedia Encyclopedia, as well as a complete Webster's Intermediate Dictionary -- all in one disc. In addition to the full text and photographs found in the 36-volume printed encyclopedia, the program adds color graphics, motion, speech and sound.
 Zenith's VIS player, which also doubles as an audio CD player, connects easily to any color TV set and home stereo system. A simple, infrared remote control operates all functions. A "Save-It" cartridge, an electronic bookmark, allows the consumer to save positions in an interactive book or game for future use.
 The Zenith VIS player is expected to sell for about $700. "It's a great value when you consider that parents spend about the same amount for the printed version of Compton's encyclopedia, which we're including on a disc, free-of-charge with the player," Huber said.
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 /CONTACT: John Taylor of Zenith, 708-391-8181/
 (ZE) CO: Zenith Electronics Corp.; Tandy Corp. ST: Illinois IN: CPR SU: PDT


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