News Release

Curtis Mathes and Cisco Team to Offer Industry-Leading Networking Solutions

With a Cisco Powered Network, Curtis Mathes Offers Customers New Internet Services
Nov 05, 1997

DALLAS, Texas - November 5, 1997 - Curtis Mathes Holding Corp. (NASDAQ:CRTM), a leadingelectronics engineering design and marketing company, and Cisco Systems, Inc., the worldwideleader in networking for the Internet, today announced that they are teaming to offer advancedend-to-end networking services.

Using a Cisco Powered Network, Curtis Mathes will deliver the industry's leading network-basedinteractive entertainment and information services to consumers. The relationship highlightsCurtis Mathes' and Cisco's focus on using intelligent broadband IP networking to provideadvanced networking solutions to customers.

Curtis Mathes has implemented a Cisco AS5200 universal access server for the delivery ofInternet, online, telephone and entertainment services through its uniView(TM) interactiveset-top box and its Internet service, Curtis Mathes Xpressway(TM).

Curtis Mathes' uniView product enables a host of interactive services through consumer hometelevision sets. The Cisco AS5200 universal access server aggregates incoming customer callsand routes inquiries to their appropriate destination. A Cisco PIX Firewall ensures secureInternet access, and a CiscoSecure authentication, authorization and accounting (AAA) securityserver verifies subscribers when they dial in. The Curtis Mathes uniView device and CurtisMathes Xpressway network, made up of Cisco routers and Catalyst(R) switches, enable customersto surf the Web, talk on the phone, send and receive faxes and e-mail, access TV program guidesand program their VCRs.

"Our use of solutions from Cisco signifies our continued dedication to the delivery ofreliable, secure and high-performance Internet services," said Patrick A. Custer, Curtis Mathespresident and CEO. "We share a vision for quality with Cisco. By continuing to work with therecognized worldwide leader in networking, we can assure our customers that the Curtis MathesXpressway service will continue to lead the industry in capabilities and innovation."

"Cisco's high-performance, reliable networking solutions enable service providers to offerconsistent services," said Don Listwin, senior vice president of Cisco's service provider lineof business. "Together with Curtis Mathes, we enable end customers to feel confident thattheir service provider will deliver a high level of network interoperability and performance,as well as new, advanced and differentiated services."

All participants of the Cisco Powered Network must meet high-quality service standards andprocedures. In the Cisco Powered Network Program, Curtis Mathes markets services basedpredominantly on Cisco equipment and software. Participation in the program and use of theCisco Powered Network logo to brand its services and marketing support materials demonstratesCurtis Mathes' ability to provide innovative services, increase customer confidence andheighten brand recognition.

About Curtis Mathes

Curtis Mathes has established an advanced standard for connectivity to Internet appliances byadopting leading technology from Sun Microsystems, Inc., MCI Telecommunications Corp. and CiscoSystems, Inc. It also has developed proprietary software enabling users to access the uniquefeatures of uniView. Curtis Mathes is a Dallas-based electronics engineering design andmarketing company. The company also specializes in advanced television solutions, as well asother new interactive and connectivity technologies. For more information, visit the company'sWeb site at

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