VideoTele Encodes, Decodes, Scores

VideoTele.com introduces its M2-10 line of encoders and decoders for delivering local video content; announces first customer

October 16, 2003

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LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- VideoTele.com, a division of Tut Systems, Inc., (Nasdaq: TUTS), today introduced its M2-10 line of encoders and decoders for delivering local video content. The M2-10 product line’s flagship product is the M2-10E (encoder), which offers users a low cost and flexible video transport solution in a small form factor for delivering a single channel of high-quality MPEG-2 video over IP networks. The M2-10E is augmented by the M2-10D (decoder) and the M2-10SD (software decoder) for viewing on a PC.

The M2-10 product line is ideal for video contribution, distribution and other real time compressed video applications such as full resolution surveillance. When integrated with VideoTele.com’s Astria® digital headend solution for delivering digital broadcast TV, the M2-10 family allows service providers to deliver new and innovative local services over their broadband networks. The M2-10 product line is also fully compatible with VideoTele.com’s M2-400 family of chassis-based encoders and decoders.

The first commercial deployment of M2-10 products is at TCT WEST of Basin, WY, which was also one of the first telcos to deploy a VideoTele.com digital headend. Today, more than 60 service providers deliver digital TV from VideoTele.com digital headends. TCT WEST is using the M2-10E to add local sports content and community events into its digital TV channel line-up for delivery over its xDSL facilities. The encoded signals from remote M2-10Es are transported back to the TCT West headend over Tut Systems’ IntelliPOP system and aggregated with national broadcast TV channels that have been processed by VideoTele.com’s Astria digital headend.

“The M2-10 family provided a seamless and low cost way to differentiate our Digital TV service from competing satellite providers. We’re able to offer customers live and on-demand broadcasts of local sporting events, town hall meetings and other community activities,” said Rod Collingwood, Program Leader for TCT WEST. “In addition, we’ve created new revenue opportunities by offering video monitoring and surveillance services to local businesses. VideoTele.com continues to prove the breadth and depth of its product line by offering flexible solutions for delivering IP-based digital video over any broadband network. VideoTele.com continues to meet our ever changing needs with products and support unmatched by any other company.”

"TCT WEST is a case study in how independent telcos can build customer loyalty, increase revenues and counter the moves of cable and satellite companies by offering a competitive triple play package," said Keith Wymbs, Market Director for Tut Systems’ Video Trunking business. "In addition to adding value for service providers delivering digital TV, the M2-10 family strengthens our product line for the video trunking and surveillance markets by offering users low cost and flexible video encoding and decoding solutions."

M2-10 Product Line — Products, Features and Availability

he M2-10 product line consists of small form-factor encoding and decoding devices that offer users the flexibility to deliver content over IP networks for viewing on a variety of devices, including video monitors, TVs and windows-based PCs.

The M2-10E is a half-width, single rack unit device that provides MPEG-2 video and MPEG-1 audio encoding over an Ethernet WAN interface. DVB-ASI and Dolby Digital options are also available. The M2-10E system offers advanced filtering for brightness, saturation, hue and contrast, which can be controlled from a PC-based user interface and/or from the LCD-based front panel. Ideal when taking in remote video feeds from non-studio settings, these advanced filter settings allow users to adjust and improve the overall video quality.

M2-10 decoding products are available in either hardware or software versions. The M2-10D hardware decoder is a 4-inch wide, single rack unit with an Ethernet (10/100) interface and optional hard drive for local storage. The M2-10SD is a software-based decoder that offers users the flexibility to view high-quality video with a Windows-based PC.

The M2-10E is available today. The M2-10D and M2-10SD will be available in the fourth quarter of 2003. For more information visit www.tutsys.com or contact a VideoTele.com account representative at 877-560-0435.

VideoTele.com Inc.

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