September 9, 2008

Monsoon Multimedia HAVA Mobile Player Named to Select Group of 2008 Forum Nokia Innovation Series Participants

SAN MATEO, Calif., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Monsoon Multimedia announced today that their HAVA Mobile Player has been recognized by Nokia as among the first participants of the 2008 Forum Nokia Innovation Series, a new program designed to acknowledge excellence and provide support to select small- and mid-sized developers seeking to bring innovative mobile applications and services to the largest handheld device market worldwide.

Monsoon Multimedia joined seven other developers in the first group of Forum Nokia Innovation Series participants, having seen its HAVA Mobile Player clear multiple selection hurdles in a year-long screening process that included internal Nokia reviews, plus screening of features and functionality of the HAVA Mobile Player by consumer focus groups around the world.

The HAVA Mobile Player is a TV "place-shifting" application that works with Monsoon Multimedia's line of HAVA devices to let mobile users watch live home TV or their own, recorded content on their mobile device, wherever they may be. As part of the Forum Nokia program, the HAVA Mobile Player is showcased in an online video demonstration created by Forum Nokia and hosted online at Share on Ovi:

"Nokia welcomes Monsoon Multimedia as among the first Forum Nokia Innovation Series participants, joining an outstanding group of developers whose compelling applications are great examples of the many innovations being created by developers of all sizes around the world," said Tom Libretto, Vice President, Forum Nokia. "We're excited to be able to help put these applications in front of consumers and business users through the Forum Nokia Innovation Series."

"With all of the outstanding companies and technologies recognized by the Forum Nokia Innovation Series, Monsoon is honored that our HAVA Mobile Player was selected to be among this group," said Colin Stiles, EVP of Marketing and Sales at Monsoon Multimedia. "Our HAVA Mobile Player gives TV fans a great way to enjoy their favorite TV program, stay current with their local TV news and even catch live football games -- all on their network connected mobile device."

As part of the Forum Nokia Innovation Series 2008 selection process, each developer was required to demonstrate that their application or service provided specific benefits to Nokia mobile device users not otherwise available, and that a clear market demand existed for such a solution.

The HAVA Mobile Player utilizes Monsoon's place-shifting technology to allow users to watch and control all of their home television channels and services from anywhere in the world on a network connected mobile device. HAVA Mobile Player users can watch live TV, pause, rewind, skip, schedule at-home DVR recordings and control their home TV watching from a world away, just as if they were in front of their TV in their own living room.

The Forum Nokia Innovation Series was launched by Nokia in late-2007 as an ongoing developer selection and go-to-market program, designed to support small- to mid-sized mobile developers as they strive to bring applications and services built to run on Nokia device platforms to the global mobile marketplace. Further information about the Forum Nokia Innovation Series program can be found online at:

About Monsoon Multimedia

Monsoon Multimedia provides advanced, standards-based multimedia products and technologies for the MSO, PC, PC Peripheral and Consumer Electronics industries. Monsoon licenses highly optimized multimedia solutions comprised of applications, drivers, frameworks, middleware and reference designs. Monsoon products are available through major retailers worldwide, leading OEMs as well as direct through Monsoon's etail site at Founded by the founders of Dazzle and Emuzed, the company has offices in California, India and Russia. For more information, please visit

About Forum Nokia

Nokia's global developer program, Forum Nokia connects developers to tools, technical information, support, and distribution channels they can use to build and market applications around the globe. From offices in the U.S., Europe, Japan, China, and Singapore, Forum Nokia provides technical and business development support to developers and operators to assist them in achieving their goal of successfully launching applications and services to consumers and enterprises. More information is available at

About Nokia

Nokia is the world leader in mobility, driving the transformation and growth of the converging Internet and communications industries. Nokia makes a wide range of mobile devices and provides people with experiences in music, navigation, video, television, imaging, games and business mobility through these devices. Nokia also provides equipment, solutions and services for communications networks.

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