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Earthnoise Adds ASP Component

Earthnoise (www.earthnoise.com) is launching a commercial hosting service targeted towards small businesses on November 1, 2000. Earthnoise CEO, David Steward, announced that the company will add an ASP component in addition to its user-generated website. According to Steward, businesses are much more aware of the value of video, and Earthnoise will use their experience in creating a complete consumer solution to expand service for the business community.

"The market today is much more ripe on the commercial side. Companies today have video assets that are not used to their potential," stated Steward.

To attract business content, Earthnoise is initially offering a Business package which includes 200MB of storage and unlimited streams integrated into the client's site for $49.95/ month. Business owners will have access to all of the tools which Earthnoise has developed for uploading, encoding and editing the video.

Earthnoise will also be offering "mail in" encoding services to its business customers. For $9.95 they will encode up to 20 minutes of content in both Real and Windows format at 3 different bit rates.

Earthnoise.com is currently the destination site for Intel's PC Cameras, and they also have video-enabled theknot.com, a popular wedding site. Steward believes that the user-generated site may be highly profitable in the future when an easier way to transfer video from a camcorder to a PC has been developed, and consumers have become accustomed to paying for services on the web.

Consumer awareness of the web as a medium of sharing family footage is likely to increase in the near future with the introduction of Microsoft MovieMaker and other high profile video sharing services. Steward believes that the introduction of this software, along with Apple's iMac commercials highlighting video, only serve to further the industry as a whole."I'm happy every time video is associated with the computer," stated Steward.

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