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RTI Partners with Escient

TheaterTouch Designer Software Now Features Option for Communications with Any Two-Way FireBall Product

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN — June 16, 2006 — Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI), the pioneer in home entertainment control technology, announces a partnership with Escient, a subsidiary of D&M Holdings, Inc., and the world leader in digital media management systems. Together, this partnership brings award-winning FireBall media management control capabilities to specific RTI universal system controllers.

RTI’s latest K4 and T4 universal system controllers are now capable of communicating with Escient’s FireBall digital media management systems that support two-way control. Escient, the innovator behind the Fireball Music Management Systems, offers a FireBall Control Object Option for RTI controllers. Escient’s Fireball Music Management Systems are designed to make storing, managing, browsing, and playing of all digital music and DVD content as easy as watching the television.

“Integrate-ability is at the very heart of our control products,” said Pete Baker, RTI’s Director of Sales. We’re very pleased to team up with Escient through our Integration Partners Program to provide additional options for our dealers. This new coupling of technologies will allow them to simply drag and drop the Control Object window onto the K4 or T4 TheaterTouch screens and provide full, two-way interaction between Escient’s FireBall products and RTI controllers.”

“We welcomed the opportunity to integrate the advanced media management technologies of our FireBall products with RTI,” said Bernie Sepaniak, president of D&M Holdings’ ReplayTV, Escient and ACT divisions. “This new partnership enhances the capabilities provided by both Escient and RTI technologies, giving consumers greater freedom and enjoyment of their home entertainment.”

All RTI products including the K4 and T4 have been designed with a very open architecture, as it is critical that all controllers interface seamlessly with each other and other electronics. The K4 in-wall controller comes equipped with the ability to communicate directly with Fireball products via 2-way communication.

The T4 touchpanel requires an additional EM-4 expansion module featuring two video inputs that allow it to display the Escient User Interface. For further information on RTI controller and firmware updates, as well as integration with Fireball products, dealers can visit

About Escient

Escient is a division of D&M Holdings U.S., Inc., and is the pioneering leader in the design, development, manufacture, marketing, sales, distribution and support of a groundbreaking category of audio/video products that meld the power of the Internet seamlessly with intuitive home-entertainment devices. Escient’s products and services are designed to enhance the entertainment experience by providing previously unheard-of ways to access music, movies and related content throughout the home. The company possesses a deep portfolio of designs for new products including media servers, DVD systems, remote players and networking and streaming devices, that are brought to market under the Escient brand through a channel of over 800 locations throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Mexico, and in partnership with other leading global consumer electronics brand.

About Remote Technologies Incorporated

Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) is a technology-driven company headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, that specializes in developing and marketing innovative home theater control products. Founded in 1992 with a focus on the custom home installation market, RTI has become the leader in creating wireless control solutions that solve the foremost challenges facing electronic systems installers.

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RTI’s guiding passion is centered about making any size home theater or other electronic system simple and pleasant to use. The company’s design philosophy emphasizes an intuitive and enjoyable experience of its award-winning products, from its universal system controllers, to signal storage and processing devices, and PC programming software. For additional information on RTI and all its innovative products please visit

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