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Tornado Virtue plc teams with Macrovision to Launch Virgin’s Digital Download Site

London, England - 30 July 2002 - Macrovision UK Ltd, a subsidiary of Macrovision Corporation (Nasdaq: MVSN) and the leading developer and supplier of digital rights management (DRM) and copy protection products, today announced that Tornado Virtue plc (LSE: TDO), Europe's leading Digital Service Provider, is using Macrovision technology to enable Virgin Megastores to provide convenient and secure software downloads. Virgin Megastores, the premier High Street retailer of Entertainment products, recently launched digital software downloads on the Virgin Megastores UK website at, powered by Tornado and Macrovision infrastructure.

Macrovision’s SAFECAST® software is tightly integrated with Tornado Virtue's Secure Digital Delivery System (SDDS™), which secures, stores and delivers the digital content. SAFECAST ensures that software downloaded from the Virgin Megastores site cannot be used unless paid for, and provides persistent protection from unauthorized copying after downloading, thus discouraging piracy and preserving the publisher’s revenue streams.

"We're very excited to be working with Tornado Virtue and using Macrovision technology in a digital commerce arena, now that we have the infrastructure in place we are looking forward to expanding our offering to our customers," Says Ian Heath, Head of Business Development for Virgin Megastores UK.

"Macrovision’s SAFECAST is a key element in making Tornado Virtue's Secure Digital Delivery System a proven, scalable and robust solution that can springboard digital product offerings from retailers and content owners to market quickly," says Neil Ferris, CEO of Tornado Virtue plc.

"Macrovision is delighted to be Tornado Virtue’s software security partner,” added David Simmons, Managing Director of Macrovision EMEA. “Macrovision is the de facto standard for copy protection in the physical world with its SAFEDISC® CD-ROM product, and Virgin’s content publishers want the same security from the same partner when they distribute products and licenses via digital delivery.”

About Tornado Virtue PLC

Tornado Virtue PLC was formed as a result of the merger between Tornado Group PLC and Virtue Broadcasting Ltd. Tornado Virtue is Europe’s leading digital content distribution and service provider for Media and Corporate distribution and communication solutions. With a full suite of products and services for the secure distribution of content via downloading and streaming, Tornado Virtue is a ‘one-stop-shop’ for the digital distribution of content for our Media and Corporate clients. Universal, Capitol, BMG, Sony, Siebel, Hemscott, News International, Codemasters, Virgin Megastore France, Virgin Megastore UK, HMV, and many others have chosen to use our robust and scalable technical solutions. Tornado Virtue is headquartered in the UK with a subsidiary in Australia and is listed on the AIM (symbol: TDO).

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About Macrovision Corporation

Macrovision develops and markets copy protection, rights management and electronic license management technologies for the home video, consumer interactive software, enterprise software and music markets. Macrovision has its corporate headquarters in Santa Clara, California, with European headquarters in London and Asia-Pacific headquarters in Tokyo.
The Consumer Software Division provides an integrated suite of tools that enable developers and publishers to protect, distribute, and promote their products securely and effectively, with built-in support for a wide range of robust business models.

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Macrovision, SafeDisc and SafeCast are registered trademarks of Macrovision Corporation.
This press release may contain “forward-looking” statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. A number of factors could cause Macrovision’s actual results to differ from anticipated results expressed in such forward-looking statements. Such factors are addressed in Macrovision’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (available at Macrovision assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

For more information, contact:

Charlie Carrington
Tornado Virtue PLC
Tel: +44 (0)1628 498600
Fax: +44 (0)1628 498610

Simon Mehlman
Macrovision EMEA
Tel: +44 (0) 870 873 6300
Fax: +44 (0) 1928 706 301

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