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Bristol, England - Ocean Blue, a UK specialist in Digital TV software, has signed a contract with French technology company, Iwedia, to supply and support Ocean Blue's Voyager software. The contract, worth around £500,000, will allow Iwedia to build interactive TV services into its DVB middleware, and comes in the month that France switches on "TNT" – a free 14-channel service similar to the UK's Freeview.

Mazen Abboud, VP of Sales for Iwedia, stated, "We believe the expertise, knowledge and software products of Ocean Blue perfectly complement Iwedia’s software products and professional services portfolio and reinforce Iwedia’s strategy with respect to the UK digital TV market."

Iwedia's DVB middleware, incorporating Ocean Blue's MHEG-5 and DSM-CC software, should find its way into products from Philips Semiconductor, STMicroelectronics, Micronas, Philips Consumer Electronics, Pace, Nokia, Scientific Atlanta, CanalSatellite and Digiturk.

Ken Helps CEO of Ocean Blue stated, "We welcome the strategic alliance with Iwedia, to further increase the distribution of our products and expertise."

TNT will be available to 35 percent of the France's households this month, and should be available to 65 percent of the country by early 2006, and nearly all of France by the end of 2007. TNT initially offers viewers 14 free channels instead of seven.

About Ocean Blue Software

Ocean Blue Software was founded by Kenneth Helps, who is an industry figure within the Digital TV. He also founded and was Vice President for Cabot Communications and Innodata Corporation.

Software Technical Information.

MHEG-5 is the industry middleware software standard used in all Freeview set top box and integrated televisions for the UK market. The MHEG-5 software is embedded inside a set top box or television this allows for interactivity and teletext applications to be downloaded and ran on these Digital TV receiver devices.

Ocean Blue’s objective is to become a market leader in providing world-class quality software solutions, software engineering services, business and technology solutions for the Digital Home, Digital TV, and Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) markets including DVB-T, DVB-C, DVB-S and DVB-H.

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About Iwedia Technologies

Iwedia Technologies is an international provider of software solutions for connected audiovisual digital devices. Iwedia has accumulated a ten years expertise in the field of digital media. With a staff of 110+ engineers, Iwedia is headquartered in Rennes, Britanny in the heart of the French Silicon Valley and has offices in Montpellier and Paris. Three venture capitalists, I-Source, Thales Corporate Ventures and IXCore are equity partners in Iwedia and give the company the means of its independence.

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Peter Linton
Media Link
+44 118 984 3386

Ken Helps
Ocean Blue Software
0870 24 25 546

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