VOOM’s Rush HD Enters into Agreement with Apparent Gravity Media for Exclusive High Definition Rights for Action-Adventure Sporting Events Sponsored by Red Bull

10 Hours of Action-Packed Footage, of Some of the Most Daring & Exciting

Extreme Sports Events in the World, Premieres Sunday, February 5

New York, January 2, 2006 – VOOM HD Network’s Rush HD, the only channel devoted to 24-hour coverage of gravity-defying, action-adventure sports in breathtaking high definition, has acquired a package of fourteen action-adventure sports events from Apparent Gravity Media. The events, sponsored by Red Bull, range from paragliding and mountain hiking to freestyle motorcross and kayaking. The deal, for exclusive high definition rights for the US, was announced today by Mark DeAngelis, Vice President of Programming for Rush HD, and by George Krieger, President of Apparent Gravity Media. Rush HD is one of the VOOM HD Networks, the largest and most diverse suite of high-definition channels nationwide. VOOM HD Networks is currently available nationally on DISH Networks.

Coverage kicks-off, Sunday, February 5th at 8 PM, with the Red Bull X Alps, a 500-mile international paragliding and hiking adventure race from the Austrian Alps to Monaco. Other event highlights include, the Red Bull’s Divide & Conquer II, a one-day adventure relay across the mountainous terrain of Southwest Colorado, airing Sunday March 5 at 8pm; and the Red Bull King of the Air II, a world-class kit surfing event from Hawaii on Sunday, March 26 at 8pm.

“We are excited to deliver such an in-depth perspective on some of the best athletes in each field, all shot in high definition at the most gorgeous spots from across the globe, said Mark DeAngelis, VP of Programming for RUSH HD. “This new series reinforces Rush’s commitment to delivering and to continually growing our library of high definition programming.”

“Rush HD is the perfect home for the very best action and adventure sports athletes at their competitive best”, said George Krieger, Apparent Gravity Media President. “The combination of top level events, stunning locales and terrific production coupled with Rush’s presentation, makes for truly spectacular television.”

Last August, VOOM HD announced its distribution agreement with Echostar Communications to carry ten of the HD channels on its Dish Network, and soon to come in ’06 are more of these special niche offerings. Since the launch, VOOM HD has gone on to produce groundbreaking original HD content for a wide variety of consumer interests ranging from a one-of-a-kind live memorabilia auction on Gallery HD to solidifying an acquisition agreement with Warner Brothers to amass the largest collection of horror films for Monsters HD. In October, VOOM HD solidified a co-production deal with Singapore to create mostly nonfiction niche programming. This new announcement for Rush HD confirms VOOM’s commitment to growing and to investing in the brand’s aggressive move into the marketplace.

About Rush HD
Rush HD is one of the VOOM HD Networks, the largest group of high-definition channels anywhere, offering twenty-four hours a day of commercial-free programming created especially to maximize the visual power and beauty of the high-definition medium, and recorded with the full force of Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. VOOM HD is available nationally on the DISH Network satellite system.

About VOOM HD Networks:
VOOM HD Networks is the largest suite of high-definition channels available anywhere, produced exclusively in high definition for distribution in the U.S. through satellite and cable operators. The VOOM HD Networks carry programming in categories as diverse as sports, movies, fashion, music and art. Today, the VOOM HD Networks are available nationally on Echostar’s DISH Network. The VOOM HD Networks were developed by Rainbow Media to meet the growing demand for quality high-definition programming, building on Rainbow Media’s history of original programming innovation.

About Apparent Gravity Media:
Apparent Gravity Media is a leading provider of action/adventure sports, sports lifestyle and youth culture programming. AGM produces and distributes series programming in both HDTV and standard definition formats to television, broadband and new media platforms. The company currently has nine different network series on the air around the world; its catalog includes more than 300 hours of series programming.

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  • Lisa Rogen
    VOOM HD Networks