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WaveTop's New Sound and Vision

Data broadcasting firm WavePhore, Inc., announced today that it is adding streaming audio and video support to its WaveTop service.

Integration of streaming technology will enable a wide range of multimedia services on WaveTop including live video, audio and other rich "TV-like" content, the company stated.

WaveTop's broadcast service is distributed nationally to TV-tuner board-enabled PC's via the unused portion of television signals from 264 PBS member stations around the country.

It reportedly reaches the top 100 U.S. markets, representing over 85 percent of all U.S. households. The service provides channels featuring news, sports, financial, entertainment, technology and family resources.

"This is a major step forward for WaveTop," said Patrick Gilbert, Sr. vice president and CTO of WaveTop. "By adding streaming video and audio to WaveTop, we are giving our viewers and content providers a taste of Digital Television, using existing infrastructure.

"It represents a great opportunity for content providers as everything they build now will transition seamlessly to our future DTV network. Effectively, WaveTop is the first nationwide terrestrial digital broadcaster in the country."

WaveTop's streaming implementation supports the industry standard IP Multicast protocol. Development tools for qualified streaming application and content developers are now available for WaveTop 1.0 software, and an updated WaveTop 2.0 is scheduled for release later this year.

In addition, WaveTop also introduced a new virtual network adapter dubbed "Null-net." It is designed to enable existing streaming products, both servers and players, such as Microsoft's NetShow and Real Network's Real Media systems to operate on WaveTop's broadcast network without any modification.