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From: Jeffrey Pledger <jpledger@mindspring.com>
Date: Tue, 03 Oct 2000 15:24:26 -0400
Message-Id: <4.1.20001003152120.00a9cdd0@pop.mindspring.com>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
My apologies in advance for not getting this out sooner, however, I was at the
rally for the "March on Justice".  that coverage should be up on our web site,
www.abletv.net, within the next 72 hours.  I would appreciate any cross
on to other lists where this has not been viewed yet, especially since there
seems to be a lack of interest from the traditional media markets for this
event.  Thanks and smiles.  

Jeffrey Pledger 
President, AbleTV.net 

From: "Dave Gardy" <dgardy@psinet.com>
To: <jpledger@abletv.net>
Subject: ncr debate press release
Date: Tuesday, October 03, 2000 10:30 AM

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            Presidential Debate to be 'Webcapted(SM)' by AbleTV.net, Sponsored
by NCR Corporation, to Benefit People with Disabilities

            MONDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2000 2:35:00 PM EST 
            CHANTILLY, Va., Oct 2, 2000 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- AbleTV.net,
the first web-based global TV channel for people with disabilities, and a
network affiliate of TVWorldwide.com, with sponsorship from NCR Corporation,
announced today that people with disabilities will be able to participate in
the first presidential debate through interactive captioned video streaming or
"Webcapting(SM)." Developed by the award-winning AbleTV.net and streaming video
provider TVWorldwide.com, the webcapting(SM) technique will integrate
open-captioning into a live video stream of the debate at http://www.abletv.net
on the Internet. The multimedia webcast will then be archived with captioning
and retrievable for customized use and viewing at a later time on the
abletv.net channel.

            Sixteen years after losing his eyesight to illness, AbleTV
President Jeff Pledger said he is proud of the benefits webcapting(SM)
technology will bring to over 54 million Americans and 750 million people
worldwide with disabilities.

            "We want to be more than just C-SPAN for people with disabilities,"
stated Pledger, referring to the popular public affairs station operated by US
cable companies. "We want to provide Americans with disabilities the chance to
become full participants in the debate proceedings." The
Abletv.net/TVWorldwide.com team recently attracted national attention when it
was contracted by the Democratic National Committee to provide webcapting(SM)
services while streaming 2000 Democratic Convention.

            Van Aggelakos, of NCR Corporation stated, "Webcapting(SM)
technologies are proof positive that B2B and B2C web portals can be designed to
accommodate a wide range of language, bandwidth, cultural and technical
differences on a global basis."

            "We are preparing technically to support huge participation from
individuals with disabilities," commented Dave Gardy, Chairman and CEO of
TVWorldwide.com. "It's events like this that make AbleTV.net one of our most
popular Internet TV channels."

            About TVWorldwide.com and AbleTV.net

            A full-service video streaming application service provider,
TVWorldwide.com is currently working with a variety of clients and strategic
partners on the latest in live and archived state-of-the-art video streaming
content applications.

            The TVWorldwide.com network is an affiliation of community-based
Internet TV channels, each underwritten by a strategic partner, "aimcasting" to
targeted B2B and professional special interest audiences worldwide.
TVWorldwide.com has worked with one of its first aimcast channels, AbleTV.net,
to pioneer live and archived video streaming with closed captioning and audio
description to aid in web site accessibility for people with disabilities  With
this advance, AbleTV.net received its charter sponsorship from Microsoft
Corporation. TVWorldwide.com recently received first round financing from
PSINet Ventures, Ltd., the wholly-owned corporate unit of PSINet, Inc.

            About NCR Corporation

            NCR Corporation NCR is a US$6.2 billion leader in providing
Relationship Technology(R) solutions to customers worldwide in the retail,
financial, communications, manufacturing, travel and transportation, and
insurance markets. NCR's Relationship Technology solutions include privacy-
enabled Teradata(R) warehouses and customer relationship management (CRM)
applications, store automation and automated teller machines (ATMs). The
company's business solutions are built on the foundation of its long-
established industry knowledge and consulting expertise, value-adding software,
global customer support services, a complete line of consumable and media
products, and leading edge hardware technology. NCR employs 32,000 in 130
countries, and is a component stock of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. More
information about NCR and its solutions may be found at http://www.ncr.com.

            CONTACT: Jeff Pledger, CEO of AbleTV.net, 301-890-5944, or
jpledger@abletv.net; Joseph Juras of TVWorldwide.com, 703-961-9250, or
jjuras@tvworldwide.com; Steve Jacobs of NCR Corporation, 937-445-6396, or

URL:               http://www.tvworldwide.com

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