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- WinTV-Nova product allows Internet speeds of up to 1 Megabit per second

London, England – 30 October 2002 – Hauppauge Computer Works, the world leader in analogue and digital TV products for PCs, has won a deal to supply the satellite decoders for the UK's first mass market broadband internet service. The company's "WinTV-Nova" satellite decoder will be installed in customers' PCs from the end of the year when the service goes live. Prices are expected to start at £19.95 per month with installation from £99, including VAT.

The service, being launched in the UK by Everywhere! Broadband, enables customers to access the new generation of fast Internet services. Previously, just over half of the country could link up to Broadband, limited by the extent of the land network. Now, by using satellite access, Everywhere! Broadband is providing an affordable service to reach homes and businesses in rural and town areas - the ‘Broadband desert’ - affecting much of the UK not connected to the planned Broadband network.

The move follows a deal agreed between Everywhere! Broadband and Eutelsat, Europe’s largest satellite operator. The company is the first in the UK to use Eutelsat’s OpenSky technology providing services to the consumer and small business markets.

The service uses tried and tested technology. Customers use standard dial-up access to enable Broadband services via a satellite dish through the WinTV-Nova decoder. Customers can retain their current dial-up Internet Service Provider and existing e-mail addresses.

The first customers will be connected by the end of the year. Anyone wanting to be among the first to use this new service can register their interest simply by contacting www.everywherebroadband.com.
How Satellite Broadband works with the WinTV- Nova
Users connect to the Internet via their local Internet Service provider, on a normal dial-up modem. Then, they log on to the Satellite Internet provider. When sending a request for a web page, the request goes via the local provider to the Satellite provider, which sends the specified web page via Satellite back to the PC. The speed is dependent on the satellite provider, however the WinTV-Nova card is specified to receive and filter up to 40Mbit/s.

Eutelsat is one of the world’s most established providers of satellite capacity for broadcasting and video network services, corporate network solutions, Internet services and mobile communications.

Based in Paris, its team of 400 people from 24 countries manages a system of satellites in geostationary orbit that reaches two thirds of the world’s population and covers the entire European continent, as well as Africa and the Middle East, south-west Asia, eastern North America, and South America. Eutelsat owns 27.69% of Hispasat, Spain’s national satellite operator that has strong market presence in the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America.

The company’s service portfolio includes broadcasting services, which reaches an estimated audience of 100 million cable and satellite homes, and video networking services used for satellite newsgathering and delivery of feeds from sporting and other major events.
It also provides corporate network solutions from a wide range of industries and located in 55 countries, Internet services providing Broadband access solutions and end-to-end solutions for professional mobile communications.

Further information about Broadband can be found on the government’s official website on -

http://www.e-envoy.gov.uk/oee/oee.nsf/sections/index/$file/i....


Hauppauge Computer Works, established for over ten years, is the world leader in desktop TV and video products, with a range covering PC and Mac, analogue and digital, satellite television broadcast, teletext, FM stereo radio, Dolby surround and video capture. Prices range from £44.99 to £233.83 inc VAT.

http://www.hauppauge.co.uk


Contacts for information:

Yehia Oweiss

Hauppauge

020 7378 1997

yoweiss@hauppauge.co.uk


Peter Linton

Media Link

0118 984 3386

peter@medialink.co.uk


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