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2003

NICKELODEON'S THE N CHOOSES NEOSPEECH TEXT-TO-SPEECH ENGINE TO ATTRACT AND ENGAGE YOUTH AUDIENCE

NICKELODEON'S THE N CHOOSES NEOSPEECH TEXT-TO-SPEECH ENGINE TO ATTRACT AND ENGAGE YOUTH AUDIENCE


Speech Technology Adds "Cool Factor" to Series Targeting Tweens and Teens

Fremont, CA - September 30, 2003 - NeoSpeech, a provider of speech technologies for hand-held, desktop and network/server applications, today announced that The N, the nighttime network for teens owned by Nickelodeon, has chosen NeoSpeech's Text-to-Speech (TTS) product, VoiceText™, to provide "type and talk" functionality for its Web properties. The N, which reaches 35 million households via cable, digital cable and satellite television, will incorporate VoiceText into the Web site component to "Radio Free Roscoe," one of the network's original teen dramas.

"This show is about high school students who are tired of the establishment, so they create an underground radio station where they maintain secret identities," said Kenny Miller, Vice President, Production and Programming, The N. "This concept will be carried over to The N's web site, www.the-n.com, by enabling fans to type in phrases and hear a synthesized voice read the words aloud - all the while keeping their identity a disguise. NeoSpeech's VoiceText has a 'gee whiz' factor that makes it both a powerful entertainment and viral marketing tool for The N."

When The N launches the speech application later this quarter, fans of "Radio Free Roscoe" will be able to type in text and click a "listen now" button. This will generate an audio file of a synthesized voice that the person can listen to or save.

"The N is truly an industry leader when it comes to providing teens with a stimulating, interactive community for learning and conversing with their peers," said Yoon Kim, CEO of NeoSpeech. "By integrating Text-to-Speech technology, The N gives young people one more compelling way to communicate, while clearly setting The N apart from its competition."

Leading companies in the telephony and multimedia/PC markets have chosen NeoSpeech's VoiceText due to its natural-sounding voices and its availability across a wide range of devices and platforms. VoiceText offers the same TTS solution across hand-held, desktop, laptop and network applications, while supporting a broad range of industry standard operating systems. Available in several languages, VoiceText can process any size or type of text, in applications ranging from telephone access to information or personal e-mail, to reading complete news stories, delivering the highest level of accuracy and quality.


About NeoSpeech

NeoSpeech, Inc. is a leading provider of speech-enabled solutions based on a suite of best-of-breed core capabilities in speech recognition, speech synthesis, speaker verification, and voice animation. The company offers flexible, innovative products for the mobile, enterprise, entertainment and education markets. The privately-held company, headquartered in Fremont, California, is backed by Voiceware Co., Ltd. of Korea. Visit www.neospeech.com for more information on NeoSpeech products, solutions and services.


About The N

The N, the nighttime network for teens owned by Nickelodeon, is currently available in 35 million households via cable, digital cable and satellite television. The N's mission is to become the authentic voice for teens and help them figure out their lives with relevant, topical programming on-air and online at the network's web site www.the-n.com. The N airs everyday from 6:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. (ET).


For more information contact:

Jennifer Deitsch
for NeoSpeech public relations
408.226.7023
deitsch@sbcglobal.net