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ANT Announces One Millionth Pace Set-Top Box Shipped with ANT Fresco

Other Topics: TV Over Broadband, Internet-Enabled Television, IPTV DRM Technologies

ANT plc
October 5, 2006

Milestone exemplifies Fresco's ability to meet needs of consumers and service providers delivering today's complex TV-based applications

Cambridge, England -- ANT plc (AIM: ANTP), the market leading provider of software and solutions for the IPTV, hybrid TV and consumer electronics industries, today announced that Pace Micro Technology has shipped its one millionth set-top box (STB) with the ANT Fresco® browser providing an enhanced user experience and access to interactive digital TV. Pace has deployed STBs with Fresco in a range of set-top boxes with tier one operators worldwide.
Fresco is the industry-proven, de facto IPTV browser standard, deployed globally by leading IPTV and hybrid service providers. Fresco enables operators to cost-effectively and reliably deliver interactive digital TV through consistent and fast presentation of core user interface functionality such as EPGs (electronic programming guides), VoD (video on demand) and on-screen menus.

"The sheer volume of set-top boxes we have deployed with ANT Fresco is a testament to the browser's enhanced user experience – which meets the demands of today's complex TV-based applications," said Mark Rooney, Group Account Director at Pace Micro Technology. "Fresco is pre-integrated with such a wide range of middleware and silicon solutions that we can deliver a Fresco-enabled box knowing it will be reliable and consistent in the presentation of content to subscribers."

"True service innovation is not only centered around applications, but is also in the consumer devices that will enable those services and deliver content to the end user," said Simon Woodward, president and CEO, ANT. "ANT Fresco is up to the task of meeting the needs of consumers and helping Operators achieve market success. Having reached this milestone with Pace, Fresco has proven to be robust and reliable time and time again."

ANT solutions enable Telcos, ISPs and TV operators to create and deploy IPTV services across a wide range of STB hardware quickly and cost-effectively. ANT software is pre-integrated with a wide range of head-end, middleware and silicon solutions, giving STB manufacturers a quick time-to-market. In addition, content developers can create complex TV-based applications using existing skills and off-the-shelf tools.

Standardizing on ANT solutions ensures control of project timings, costs and risk. ANT's product architecture, small code size and streamlined delivery process shortens product launch cycles and controls hardware costs by optimizing memory, network and processor requirements. Building on the success of Fresco, ANT has developed ANT Galio. Galio enables new service development and implementation with its advanced W3C standards support and display capabilities using HTML, JavaScript and CSS. Being completely agnostic as to media delivery technology, Galio is able to form the basis of powerful solutions in Cable, IPTV and hybrid TV environments. Service providers are able to develop interactive entertainment services and incorporate their own branding. Galio provides the responsive and customisable user interface, digital content control and the capability for a range of additional interactive services

About ANT
ANT plc (www.antplc.com) is a leading provider of digital TV client and consumer electronic software solutions. ANT's unique client solutions allow robust and consistent delivery of digital-media, user interfaces, interactive services and applications to the TV and portable media devices. ANT enables service providers to efficiently create and deploy successful solutions to the market that deliver high value and clear differentiation.

ANT's products are pre-integrated with many industry-leading solutions and are based upon open standards, enabling low-risk, cost-effective roll-out of services, while ensuring flexible client hardware choice with efficient bill of materials. ANT software has been extensively deployed by customers throughout the world including Chunghwa Telecom, Foxconn, France Telecom, Humax, LG/Nortel, Philips, Sagem, Samsung, SaskTel, Telecom Italia and Thomson.

ANT plc's shares are listed on AIM, a London Stock Exchange regulated market, under the ticker ANTP (Reuters: ANTP.L, Bloomberg: ANTP.LN).

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