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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

National Datacast Provides Wireless Distribution for Movie Gallery's MovieBeam Service

National Datacast Provides Wireless Distribution for Movie Gallery's MovieBeam Service

ARLINGTON, Va., March 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- National Datacast, Inc. a commercial subsidiary of PBS, today announced that it will continue as the exclusive over-the-air data broadcasting distributor of the MovieBeam on- demand movie service, which was acquired by Movie Gallery, Inc. (NASDAQ:MOVI) on March 7, 2007. National Datacast has been distributing the MovieBeam service since the service's inception in 2003.

National Datacast's innovative data broadcasting network provides MovieBeam customers with instant access to standard definition and high definition movies without leaving home. National Datacast's data delivery network will support Movie Gallery's expansion of the MovieBeam movie rental service with a digital content delivery option for MovieBeam customers.

"We are confident that our acquisition of MovieBeam and our decision to continue using National Datacast's network to deliver on-demand movies will give us a unique advantage in how we serve our customers," said Joe Malugen, Chairman and CEO of Movie Gallery, Inc.

"We believe that Movie Gallery's strategic decision to use data broadcast delivery to diversify its movie rental service will be a great complement to its retail video store business," said Jacqueline Weiss, CEO of National Datacast, Inc.

National Datacast offers companies like Movie Gallery a cost-effective point-to-multipoint distribution solution -- instantaneously and wirelessly transmitting media content and other digital information directly to consumers, government, business and educational locations without having to rely on internet, cable, or satellite.

About National Datacast

National Datacast offers real-time data broadcasting services through a nationwide network of PBS member stations. Recognized as an industry leader, National Datacast has 20 years of experience in providing one-stop, cost- effective solutions for the distribution of digital information and multimedia content for business to consumer and business to business applications. Utilizing over-the-air broadcast television signals, National Datacast provides its customers a safe, reliable and customizable network that reaches virtually every US household and business. National Datacast designs, implements and manages the content distribution solution, saving our customers time, expense and resources -- enabling them to compete more effectively. National Datacast is a private company and commercial subsidiary of the Public Broadcasting Service. For more information, visit

About Movie Gallery

Movie Gallery is the second largest North American video rental company with over 4,600 stores located in all 50 U.S. states and Canada operating under the brands Movie Gallery, Hollywood Video and Game Crazy. The Game Crazy brand represents 633 in-store departments and 17 free-standing stores serving the game market in urban locations across the United States. Since Movie Gallery's initial public offering in August 1994, the Company has grown from 97 stores to its present size through acquisitions and new store openings. For more information about the Company, visit

About MovieBeam

MovieBeam is a leader in delivering digital entertainment, providing customers a convenient way to rent movies from home. The MovieBeam movies-on- demand service provides instant access to an ever-changing lineup of new releases and popular favorites from virtually every major Hollywood studio, including select movies in HD -- always 100 to choose from, with up to 10 new movies automatically delivered digitally each week using over-the-air datacasting technology. The MovieBeam service is available in 31 major metropolitan areas across the U.S., with availability in nearly half of U.S. households. More information is available at

CONTACT: Sarah Eppler
National Datacast, Inc.

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CONTACT: Sarah Eppler of National Datacast, Inc., +1-703-739-5037,

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