GDBTV Brings 48 Channels to NETGEAR Digital Entertainer Live Set-top Box

Friday, December 11th, 2009

BRIGHTON, UK — Global Digital Broadcast (GDBTV), in partnership with Verismo Networks’ VuNow service, now includes its selection of channels on the NETGEAR (NASDAQGM: NTGR) Digital Entertainer Live (EVA2000) set-top box (STB).

Available now in many retail outlets across the UK and online via various re-sellers such as PC World, Curry’s, Curry’s Digital and Amazon, the NETGEAR Digital Entertainer Live is an easy-to-use and affordable set-top box which transforms the television set into a powerful home media player, enabling live internet channels, web availability, the playback of personal movies, music and photo collections on a standard or HD television set – all without the need for a PC.

Consumers can enjoy a range of features on the Digital Entertainer Live including YouTube, Popular Websites such as the BBC; NASCAR; CNN; National Geographic; and many more, Video Search, Movies, and GDBTV’s rich selection of mainstream; niche; local and educational television channels via VuNow in the UK*.

With IPTV networks all over the World, leading IPTV specialist, GDBTV, breaks through the barriers of delivery and puts its channels on the only open platform that enables over 20 million homes to watch the best in UK television without dish, aerial or cable limitations. By connecting the NETGEAR Digital Entertainer Live to a simple broadband connection, from any of the competing suppliers, GDBTV and the NETGEAR Digital Entertainer Live bring a new television experience to the home.

GDBTV currently has 48 channels on the Digital Entertainer Live, including: the world’s first guitarist channel, GTV; UK tourism channel, Places of Interest TV; dedicated gay lifestyle channel, TV Polari; niche sports with TV Scuba, TV Yachts and extreme sports channel TV Freestyle, alongside sports media specialist, Press Bureau TV; the UK Entertainment Channel; health and wellbeing channel, SWAT TV; African programming from Ghana Life and Africans In London; Classic Movies; and the new Very Tangy TV network, which offers drama, health, motoring, sitcom and film sub-channels broadcasting some of the USA’s most popular shows before they are broadcast in the UK or Europe. GDBTV will also be including its international networks at a later date.

Jim Deans, co-founder and managing director of GDBTV, says: “This is the product people have been waiting for. For the first time, anyone can go to their high street or on online, purchase the NETGEAR Digital Entertainer Live and watch our channels alongside their personal photos, videos, favourite websites and music, directly on their television. I am confident this product will catapult to the forefront of both the IPTV and digital TV market because it provides the consumer with everything they want”.

Phillip Pyo, NETGEAR’s director of product marketing for connected home entertainment products, says: “People are amassing a huge amount of their own downloaded and personal digital music, photos, and videos, as well as consuming more and more Internet video”.

He continues: “The vast majority of people are still watching these videos on small computer screens, so it’s logical to assume that the amount of time spent will continue to increase as devices such as the Digital Entertainer Live make it even easier to watch online video on HDTVs. NETGEAR is thrilled to offer an affordable, content-rich, and easy-to-set-up and -use solution that bridges this gap and enables people to fully enjoy their home media collections and online video from popular Internet sites on the best screen in their home – their big-screen TVs”.

Backed by a one-year warranty and 24/7 technical support, the NETGEAR Digital Entertainer Live (EVA2000) is available throughout the UK at retail and ecommerce outlets.

* VuNow service will be free for trial period and thereafter subject to paid annual subscriptions. The term of the trial period may be found at the Digital Entertainer Live product site located within The VuNow service will be subject to acceptance of the terms of the VuNow service and license agreement.