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Orbit signed licensing contracts to foster the development of interactive TV in the Middle East.
Paris, France, 24 February 2001

According to the terms of the contracts, CANAL+ TECHNOLOGIES will supply its interactive system MEDIAHIGHWAY and its conditional access system MEDIAGUARD and will ensure integration into Orbit's new generation of digital set-top boxes. The DSTBs will be deployed throughout Orbit's footprint which covers
23 countries.

CANAL+ TECHNOLOGIES's middleware MEDIAHIGHWAY will be integrated into DSTBs which use the common MPEG-2 coding system and will be compatible with the DVB (Digital Video Broadcasting) standard now adopted by all leading digital TV platforms in the world and conceived by a consortium of about 300 companies. This market-led initiative has resulted in DVB becoming a prominent and leading international standard for technologies that enable a
higher quality and interoperable digital broadcasting.

By choosing CANAL+ TECHNOLOGIES, Orbit will immediately have available a tremendous catalogue of interactive TV applications, many of them capable of generating significant revenue streams. CANAL+ TECHNOLOGIES intends to develop specific interactive applications for Orbit, such as an interactive programming navigation tools (among which a channel list, a video and a
radio stations mozaic), pay-per-view services and a wide range of
interactive games. To better respond to market needs, many applications will be in Arabic.

Said François Carayol, CANAL+ TECHNOLOGIES' Chairman and Chief Executive Officer: "We are delighted to have been selected by the leading player in satellite communications in the Middle East and North Africa, and we are especially proud to have won these contracts in a competitive tender bidding process. We believe our technology will fully support Orbit's plans for
expansion and will help the company provide top-of-the line interactive services to its subscribers."

He added: "We believe that this agreement shows that our commitment to international open standards is very much appreciated by our customers; we believe open standards are a key factor in enabling our customers to quickly and efficiently offer many new services and grow their business."

Ghassan Itani, Executive Vice-President, Sales and Marketing, of Orbit said: "Orbit is delighted to build an alliance with Canal+ Technologies, and looks forward to offering its viewers in the Middle East and North Africa state-of-the-art interactive television, as part of Orbit's growing bouquet of services".

A subsidiary of CANAL+, the TV & Film division of Vivendi Universal, CANAL+ TECHNOLOGIES is an international provider of digital and interactive TV software solutions. Over 20 digital operators and broadcasters have already deployed the interactive TV middleware MEDIAHIGHWAY* and the conditional access system MEDIAGUARD*, including CANALSATELLITE in France, ONdigital in
the United Kingdom, AT&T Broadband in the United States, Astro Measat and ZeeTV in Asia. Its software runs in over 8.6 million digital set-top boxes in digital cable, satellite and terrestrial environments.

For more information:

About Orbit
The Orbit Satellite Television and Radio Network is the world's first fully digital, multi-channel, multi-lingual, pay-television service, providing perfect sound and picture quality at all times. Orbit's current premium package of over 50 services offers an unrivalled variety of choices for even the most demanding television viewers and radio listeners. Orbit continues to lead the field in broadcasting in the Arab world with international original Arabic and Western entertainment channels and innovative customer services.

For more information about Orbit:

Press Contact:
Marie-Vincente Pasdeloup, CANAL+ TECHNOLOGIES
Tel: + 33 (0) 1 71 71 56 32 - Cell: + 33 (0) 6 20 46 00 14 - e-mail:

Hayat Ammoury, Orbit Satellite Television & Radio Network
Tel: + 39 06 2254 3545 - fax: + 39 06 2254 3887- e-mail:

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