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Texas Instruments DSL and DSPs Enable Video Network's HomeChoiceTM IP-based On-Demand Internet and TV Service

HomeChoice(TM) Set-Top Box Leverages Programmable Architecture Using TI's Single-chip DSL Router and High-performance Digital Media Processor to Offer Advanced IP-based Consumer Services

May 19, 2004

DALLAS and LONDON (May 19, 2004) -- Interactive TV provider Video Networks Ltd and Texas Instruments Inc (TI) [NYSE:TXN] today announced that Video Networks has chosen TI's latest DSP-based TMS320DM642 digital media processor and AR7 single-chip DSL router solution for its upcoming HomeChoiceTM IP-set-top box.
Video Networks Ltd is a leading provider of broadband entertainment through its digital TV, video-on-demand (VOD) and Internet services under the brand name HomeChoice. Over 1.25 million homes across London now have access to the very best in interactive entertainment. HomeChoice is unique in offering customers both a super-fast 1Mb Internet product and a multi-channel digital television service through one set top box. The HomeChoice TV service is one of the best packages on the market, with over 60 of the best broadcast and on-demand entertainment channels including a BAFTA award-winning interactive music service and more than 5000 on-demand movies, music videos and TV programmes.
Video Networks' HomeChoice media gateway currently leverages the processing power and flexibility of TI DSP products to offer state-of-the-art IP-based consumer entertainment services using customers' existing BT phone lines.
Roger Lynch, Chairman and CEO Video Networks Ltd said: "We're very excited about the new launch of HomeChoice. Our offering is truly unique in today's marketplace and will give consumers an incredible choice of both broadcast and on-demand entertainment coupled with an incredibly fast broadband Internet connection. At launch the service will be available in over 1.25 million households in the London area. TI has been able to provide us with the advanced technology the box requires so giving our consumers access to a great TV and Internet service."
The DM642 offers a flexible and cost effective solution for video encoding/decoding, handling a wide range of advanced audio and video coding algorithms. The data processing capabilities offered by the DM642 allows the HomeChoice set top box to support of a wide range of advanced applications, including high definition TV (720 lines).
"TI is delighted to provide leading edge technology for Video Networks' new HomeChoice set-top box, which introduces a new class of IP-based entertainment service to the consumer's home" said Henry Weichman, manager, TI's Streaming Media Group. "Powered by TI's digital media processor and DSL technology, the cost-effective HomeChoice set-top box leverages the flexibility and high performance of our platforms targeting the video market, to provide video services over broadband to consumers and generate additional revenue streams for operators."
HomeChoice benefits from TI's market-proven AR7 single-chip DSL router solution. The flexible architecture of the AR7 enables a wide range of end-equipment configurations to provide operators with new revenue bearing services such as video. In addition, the AR7 is also the first DSL consumer premises equipment (CPE) platform to integrate the new, higher performance standards, ADSL2 and ADSL2Plus to deliver the higher bandwidths needed for video services.