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NCI Unveils "Custom Connect Server"

Oracle affiliate Network Computer, Inc. (NCI) introduced today a customizable server package designed to allow Internet access providers to deliver services that integrate Internet and television capabilities.

Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NCI says its Custom Connect Server allows Internet, cable, or satellite service providers to develop and manage Internet-based Enhanced TV offerings.

Custom Connect's integrated servers, tools, and applications are designed to enable access providers to deliver e-mail, interactive TV guides, chat, news ticker, and Web browsing services integrated with broadcast television, cable, or satellite programming.

"Today's Custom Connect announcement completes NCI's open solution," said Wei Yen, president of Network Computer, Inc. "NCI's family of consumer technology now includes a robust server product that compliments our leading DTV Navigator and TV Navigator client software platforms. With Custom Connect Server Suite, any access provider can tap into the growing Internet community by building their own Enhanced TV service."

NCI reports that Custom Connect Server Suite is scheduled for availability in February 1998 on Sun Solaris 2.5.1 and 2.6 and Windows NT 4.0.

In other news from the Consumer Electronics Show, NCI also reports today that it will work with Intel to Intercast-enable its software line, and collaborate with Intel and others to develop an open digital broadcast specification for Enhanced TV programming.

The company also claimed that the RCA Network Computer, which is manufactured by Thomson Consumer Electronics, has exceeded sales forecasts and expectations.

"This year has been phenomenal for our first consumer product," said Jerry Baker, CEO of NCI. "Every unit that Thomson manufactured has already been sold. The powerful combination of NCI's software technology and Thomson's strong brands and distribution reach will continue to drive upward sales in 1998."