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S&T and IKONVERGENZ Introduce IDTV Solution with MHEG v1.06 for UK DVB-T Market

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Complete IDTV DVB-T solution with RedKey engine complies with MHEG-5 v1.06 standard for UK

Amsterdam, Holland AND Singapore, September 8, 2006 — Strategy & Technology and IKONVERGENZ announced today at IBC 2006 the availability of a fully-integrated digital TV (IDTV) solution that conforms to the MHEG-5 UK Profile Specification v1.06, a requirement necessary to achieve the Digital Switchover Certification Mark. This production-ready IDTV solution allows TV manufacturers to address and mass produce immediately for the DVB-T market, especially UK.

Digital UK launched a campaign to increase public awareness as UK’s television broadcast switches from analogue to digital transmission. The Digital tick certification scheme allows consumers to identify televisions that are designed to work before, during and after the digital switchover.

From 1 September 2006, the minimum criterion for TV manufacturers to attain the certification mark in the UK is the UK Profile of MHEG-5 v1.06 as determined by the corresponding DTG MHEG test suite.

“We selected S&T’s MHEG-5 engine for our integration because the RedKey software is fully compliant with the v1.06 profile”, said Torsten Frings, Managing Director of IKONVERGENZ. “Combined with IKONVERGENZ’s experience and know-how in solution integration, we are able to offer TV manufacturers an IDTV solution that has the Digital tick Certification Mark.”

“We are pleased to partner IKONVERGENZ because of their expertise in digital TVs”, commented, Paul Daly, General Manager of Strategy & Technology’s Client Systems division. “IKONVERGENZ’s ability to provide complete production-ready IDTV solution brings RedKey MHEG-5 engine to the next level where TV makers can immediately adopt and manufacture.”

The IDTV solution by IKONVERGENZ and S&T is developed for any TV manufacturers who want to address the DVB-T market, especially UK, immediately with minimal investment, time and resources.

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IKONVERGENZ, the IKONVERGENZ logo, FPD Solutions for the Senses and the respective solution logos are trademarks of IKONVERGENZ in Singapore and/or other countries. RedKey MHEG logo is a trademark of Strategy & Technology Limited. All other company/product names and service marks may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.”

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IKONVERGENZ DVB-T module with S&T’s RedKey MHEG-5 v1.06 engine

About IKONVERGENZ
IKONVERGENZ is a dedicated TV research and development centre providing
certified production-ready Digital (DVB-T and ATSC) and Analogue (PAL / NTSC
/ SECAM) solutions to TV makers for immediate mass production. IKONVERGENZ iDTV solutions were tested at DTG (Digital TV Group) and NorDig Labwise and comply to the D-Book, E-Book and NorDig Unified basic TV profile standards. IKONVERGENZ has also received the Digital Certification Mark under the Digital Switchover Programme for iDTV solutions meeting the necessary technical criteria. For more information on IKONVERGENZ, please visit www.ikonvergenz.com.

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About Strategy & Technology Ltd
Strategy & Technology Ltd is a specialist company building and implementing
technology based on international standards in digital TV. It is the leading
independent company in the industry sector that supports interactive TV in UK Digital Terrestrial TV. S&T provides complete interactive applications and systems for broadcasters and manufacturers worldwide. S&T’s TSBroadcaster and TSPlayer systems are used throughout the world for the creation of MHP, MHEG and OCAP interactive TV transmissions. The RedKey MHEG engine is licensed to many digital receiver and set top box manufacturers and is the first to be fully compliant with the 1.06 profile.
S&T is based in London, UK, with offices in Bristol (UK) and Denver, (CO, USA). For more information, please visit www.s-and-t.com.

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For more information,
S&T contact:
Paul Daly
Strategy & Technology Ltd
+44 (0) 20 718 31501
paul.daly[…]s-and-t.com

IKONVERGENZ contact:
Donald Tan
IKONVERGENZ Pte Ltd
+65.6483.1266
donald.tan[…]ikonvergenz.com

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