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Subject:  Blockbuster chooses nCube streaming vid.platform Date:  9/6/2000  5:25 PM
Author:  TMFSpirit Number:  76 of 312

Good afternoon,

Today Blockbuster Inc. BBI, a publicly traded subsidiary of Viacom and Enron Broadband Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Enron, announced today nCUBE, Corp. as the video streaming platform for the recently announced Blockbuster entertainment on-demand service.

Enron has entered into an agreement with nCUBE to provide video streaming media appliances, software applications, including the nABLE management system, technology consulting and design for the on-demand service. This technology will be incorporated into the Enron Intelligent Network(TM) to store, stream and manage all digital content for the entertainment offering. This agreement will enable Enron to leverage nCUBE's world class technology as a new and important building block in its network infrastructure.

Video streaming for the Blockbuster on-demand service will be performed by nCUBE's MediaCUBE 4 streaming media system. The MediaCUBE 4's unique scalability ensures total availability for all titles, at all times, for all subscribers. nCUBE's streaming technology platform also gives consumers full VCR functionality when viewing movies and other interactive programs. A pioneer in the streaming market and the preeminent global supplier of broadband media streaming infrastructure, nCUBE supports an installed base of more than 1,000 streaming media appliances worldwide to customers in the cable television, television and Internet industries.

"We're proud to be part of the Enron and Blockbuster team that is enabling the expansion of on-demand video," said Larry Ellison, chairman and CEO of nCUBE. "nCUBE's vision, years of streaming expertise and real world experience are integral to the success of this major video on-demand initiative."

nCUBE is the preeminent global supplier of broadband media streaming infrastructure. Broadband operators worldwide count on nCUBE for streaming media solutions that include broadband Video-on-Demand, IP Streaming Media, and Advertising Insertion. The company's core product line, the MediaCUBE, scales from 100 megabits per second to 128 gigabits per second of streaming media from a single system. NCUBE's primary investor is Larry Ellison, CEO and chairman of Oracle Corporation. The company is based in Foster City, Calif., with sales and customer support offices worldwide. More information about nCUBE is available at

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