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Home Media Networks Ltd’s Groundbreaking Home Entertainment Technology, ShowShifter, To Be Distributed Through Retail Outlets For The First Time

Home Media Networks Ltd, developer of PC software that allows the user to watch, record and pause TV, play DVD videos, and listen to MP3 music files through one interface, has today announced that entertainment software distributor, Mediaphor AG, has signed an exclusive agreement to sell its ShowShifter software to retailers in Germany.

Mediaphor AG will be concentrating on large retail outlets such as Media Markt and Pro Markt to package and sell Home Media Network Ltd’s ShowShifter, an application that can turn a normal home or work PC into a ‘personal entertainment manager’.

“The desire for a personal entertainment manager in the home is a growing market with Germany leading the way in Europe,” comments Home Media Networks Ltd CEO, John Croft. “"This distribution agreement with Mediaphor AG is ideal as it allows us to meet the consumer demand for Showshifter quickly and efficiently".”

“We looked at ShowShifter and its competitors and immediately warmed to its integrated elements. ShowShifter is the only PC solution that can record and pause live TV, play DVDs, play music and play digital videos,” explained Mediaphor AG’s CEO, Oliver Pott. “Home Media Networks Ltd’s FarView technology is the key as it crosses the barrier of a PC becoming as user-friendly as a TV and opens up a potentially huge market.”

Home Media Networks was incorporated in February 2000 as a limited company with four founders. It has recently secured first round funding and is in the process of substantially expanding its sales, marketing and engineering teams. In addition to Mediaphor AG it is understood to be approaching distribution partners worldwide.

Home Media Network Ltd’s FarView interface technology is a method of the consumer interacting with the PC so that it views equally well close up, or at a distance from the screen using a remote control. This has been an existing barrier historically to consumers using their PC to watch and control TV. The user interface has been designed to be use able from 8 metres away as well as close up. It is fully scalable and resolution independent, meaning you can stretch or shrink the screen to any size with the application still looking the same. The whole user interface can be controlled with just six buttons.

About Home Media Networks Ltd

Home Media Networks Ltd is a start-up company focused on the fast growing digital entertainment sector, producing software that runs on standard PC platforms to allow the user to watch, record and pause TV, play DVDs, and listen to MP3 music files. Its solution, ShowShifter, allows the user to pause a TV show to be replayed later and can be controlled remotely using a standard infrared remote control. Through unique FarView technology interaction works equally well close up or at a distance from the screen. Showshifter is a replacement for TV, VCR, DVD and CD players in a traditional household, thus introducing numerous cost savings for the consumer. Home Media Networks Ltd has offices in the UK in Edinburgh and Crawley.

ShowShifter can be downloaded from

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