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Fantastic Corp., Music Choice Europe Rock Out

Following the signing of an agreement, Europe's leading audio and data service Music Choice will be included as a branded channel over the broadband, data broadcast platforms deployed by The Fantastic Corp.

As a result, Fantastic's customers and partners--among them BT, Telecom Italia, Deutsche Telekom and Astra-Net--will be able to offer the Music Choice channel to their subscribers.

End-users of the services need to have their PCs tuned into or connected to high-speed data broadcasting networks (such as cable modem, ADSL or digital satellite). Broadband delivery ensures that audio quality is equal to that of CDs or FM, with the added advantage of on-screen information about each track being played. Users can click to discover song title, artist, and record label details. The music is available non-stop, twenty-four hours a day.

"A Music Choice Broadcast Object will be offered as an 'off the shelf' solution for corporate customers," said Lars Tvede, senior VP for The Fantastic Corp. A Broadcast Object is a standalone package for insertion into private broadcast networks.

"The Fantastic Corp.'s software platform is ideal for combining streaming media with the possibility to transact via the Internet," said Simon Balzalgetter, director of sales and marketing for Music Choice. "We are very impressed with what they enable us to do and look forward to launching our channel over their platform."

Music Choice Europe is a multi-million pound venture between Sony, Warner and BskyB which delivers up to 50 genre-specific channels of commercial-free music programming to cable and satellite operators. It has half a million subscribers in Europe.

The Fantastic Corp., headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, with offices in New York, London, Paris, Hamburg and Singapore, provides IP-based broadcasting software for high-speed multimedia distribution.