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PRESS RELEASE: Digital Silo Introduces First Personal HVOD Delivery Platform


Company launches world’s first Home Video On Demand service platform allowing families to edit, share and preserve their home videos securely via the web without the need to purchase special software or hardware.

HIGHLAND PARK, ILL (November 30, 2004) -- Broadband Internet users can now enjoy the benefits of Home Video On Demand (HVOD) with the introduction of the world’s first-ever streaming media service that delivers home videos directly to family and friends anytime and anywhere in the world.

Incorporating all the functionalities and technology of VOD systems now being used by broadcasters and cable operators, Digital Silo’s HVOD process allows camcorder owners to convert their home videos into broadcast quality streaming media without having to purchase any hardware or software. Digital Silo provides an end-to-end solution for families looking to share and preserve their home videos.

Digital Silo’s professionals transfer customer’s irreplaceable videotapes to digital file formats for viewing over the Internet using Windows Media Player, Real Media Player, QuickTime, or Java Media Players. Home videos stored at Digital Silo can be played On Demand -anytime from a broadband connected computer, Media Center PC (www.digitaljoy.com), or MSN TV2 (www.msntv.com) connected to a television. Digital Silo also provides numerous file formats and speeds to optimize the viewing experience on all types of media devices. HVOD files can also be downloaded and stored on your computer for viewing and editing, or transferred to a portable Windows Mobile-based Portable Media Center (www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/portablemediacenter) for on-the-go viewing. Customers of Digital Silo can watch and share their home videos as often as they like, whenever they like, on almost any video or computer device.

“Millions of households can now experience Home Video On Demand via this revolutionary new service. The ability to share home videos shot anytime during the past 30 years is a unique and rewarding experience,” said Michael Wolf, President of Digital Silo Inc., and one of its co-founders. “The wonderful experience of sharing your home videos with family and friends around the world can’t be duplicated.”

Getting home videos onto Digital Silo is simple:

  1. Customers sign-up for HVOD service at www.digitalsilo.com and select from among various package offerings. Customers can covert as little as two hours of video, or as many hours as they’d like.
  2. Digital Silo mails a kit that includes complete instructions and a secure prepaid FedEx shipping box for returning tapes to Digital Silo for conversion.
  3. In 5-10 days your home videos will be viewable on the Internet from your own personal secure website. A guest website is also provided so you can share all or portions of your videos stored at Digital Silo with family and friends. Videos are stored online and archived at one of the most secure computer facilities in the world.
  4. Digital Silo returns your original videotapes to you and at your option, you can also receive a DVD of each tape you sent in for conversion.
  5. Customers can “virtually” edit their home videos via their personal Digital Silo website. Segments of any length can be made instantly and those segments can be assembled into Video Albums with just a few clicks of the mouse. Customers can email links to the segments or the Video Albums to family and friends anywhere.

Digital Silo offers conversion of nearly any home video format from Betamax and VHS to Hi8, DV and DVD’s. Converting home videos to secure, open standards, digital files guarantees that future generations can view them without any further deterioration. Files stored at Digital Silo can also be transferred into any future format.

Pricing and Availability

Digital Silo's Video Album services are available now. Members can begin by converting as little as two hours of home video with unlimited viewing in multiple streaming formats for $49.95 (including shipping) for the first year. Additional yearly online storage is only $9.95 per hour of actual video stored. Members can store unlimited hours of video for a small additional charge. Videos stored at Digital Silo can be made into DVDs or any future video format, at a slight additional cost.

About Digital Silo Inc.

Digital Silo Inc. ( http://www.digitalsilo.com/ ) is the first online consumer digital video format conversion, storage, archiving and HVOD service. The Digital Silo site provides consumers with a secure and easy way to archive store and share their home videos with friends and family. The site also provides additional services and creative tools to enhance the viewing experience.

Digital Silo is co-located at and leverages Equinix's high-performance data centers and peering platform to directly connect to an aggregation of leading global carriers ensuring high-quality uninterrupted video streaming.

Digital Silo Inc. was founded in January 2004 and is based in Highland Park, Illinois with additional facilities in Chicago, Illinois and San Jose, California.

CONTACT: Elizabeth Greenberg, +1-847-681-0825, ext. 6#, lizg@digitalsilo.com , or Scott Wolf, +1-800-585-5825, ext. 10, scottwolf@digitalsilo.com , both of Digital Silo Inc.

Web site: http://www.digitalsilo.com/

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(First posted on Wednesday, December 1, 2004 at 01:23 EST)

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