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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 25, 1996
TELE-TV SYSTEMS SELECTS SILICON GRAPHICS' NVOD SERVER
Order Supports The Interactive Digital Television
Year-End MMDS Market Entry in Each of It's Partner's
RESTON, VA-- TELE-TV Systems, the video systems
integration unit of TELE-TV, the interactive television partnership
between Bell Atlantic, NYNEX and Pacific Telesis, has selected Silicon
Graphics Inc. (NYSE:SGI), a leading supplier of digital media servers,
to provide the Near Video-On-Demand (NVOD) Server for its Multichannel
Multipoint Distribution System (MMDS) service. TELE-TV's initial order
is valued at over $1 million dollars and may grow to $5 million over
the next few years.
As a key part of TELE-TV Systems' MMDS platform, the Silicon
Graphics® NVOD server solution is a combination of the Silicon
Graphics CHALLENGE® media server hardware and Interactive
By choosing Silicon Graphics' server solution, TELE-TV continues its
progress toward a fourth quarter introduction of digital television
services in its partners' Norfolk, Virginia; Boston, Massachusetts;
and Los Angeles, California markets. This announcement marks another
major step in the acquisition of the technology which will support its
year-end MMDS deployment. This step follows the announcement of
TELE-TV's four-year contract with Thomson Consumer Electronics valued
at $1 billion dollars to provide 3 million set-top boxes.(1)
"Teaming with Silicon Graphics is one of several deals we are
as we build a product that is simply better than today's cable
service," said Ed Grebow, president of TELE-TV Systems.
goal is to broadcast more movies, more often than current pay-per-view
providers, we need entertainment technology capable of supporting
40-50 channels of near-video-on-demand programming, capable of
handling massive databases, and providing comprehensive storage and
asset management," continued Mr. Grebow.
TELE-TV's decision to allocate more bandwidth to NVOD will provide
consumers a unique set of staggered movie start times.
the Silicon Graphics' server solution empowers the viewer,"" said
Susskind, senior vice president for system development for TELE-TV
Systems. "Our navigational systems, NVOD servers and set-top
technologies will offer unparalleled flexibility for our viewers,"
continued Ms. Susskind.
TELE-TV, based in New York, with offices in Los Angeles, San Ramon,
California and Reston, Virginia, was created by its partners to
spearhead their entry into the video entertainment market. TELE-TV
Systems is the unit that assembles and integrates the technology
needed to develop and deliver video services. TELE-TV Media is the
unit that acquires, creates, packages and markets programming for new
video services. TELE-TV is a partnership of subsidiaries of Bell
Atlantic (NYSE:BEL), NYNEX (NYSE:NYN) and Pacific Telesis (NYSE:PAC).
TELE-TV Systems is based in Reston, VA, with offices in San Ramon, CA.
TELE-TV Media is based in Los Angeles.
Silicon Graphics the Silicon Graphics logo and CHALLENGE are
registered trademarks of Silicon Graphics, Inc.
Interactive Community is a trademark of Interactive Digital Solutions,
a joint venture of AT&T Network Systems and Silicon Graphics, Inc.
INTERNET USERS: TELE-TV news releases and other useful information
are available on Bell Atlantic, NYNEX, and Pacific Telesis World Wide
Web sites at (http://www.ba.com), (http://www.nynex.com), or
(1)TELE-TV Systems and
Thomson Sign Digital Wireless Set-Top Box
Contract -- February 27, 1996
for more information, contact:
- TELE-TV- New York, Monie Begley Feurey
Phone: (212) 508-4066, Fax: (212) 508-4074
TELE-TV Systems - Reston, Virginia, Frankie Russell
Phone: (703) 810-1796, Fax: (703) 810-1436, email: firstname.lastname@example.org