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This is the flyer we made available to delegates at the British Business Embassy at Lancaster House on 3rd August 2012 where we had a virtual exhibition. All interested parties please contact me

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  1. 1. P L A Y B A C K R E W A R D S ’magic in your pocket’ I.Playback Holdings Limited is a new company formed to exploit a revolutionary television advertising platform called Playback Rewards (PBR), to be deployed across the UK from late- 2012.  The new platform is protected by various granted patents and lodged patent applica- tions.  It has a core management team in place.  Its chairman is David Elstein, former CEO of Channel 5, former Director of Programmes, Thames TV, former Head of Programming, BSkyB and former board director of Virgin Media Inc. (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Elstein ). Our technology will be first rolled out on the Raspberry Pi computer - details of what we are doing are currently under development on our website at www.playbackrewards.comPBR rewards TV households for watching advertisements. A typical TV viewer watches 47 advertisements every day. Ifthat viewer switched only 60% of advertisements viewed to those that earned rewards (cash and/or vouchers), his earn-ings from PBR would easily exceed £100 to £150 per annum.Targeted advertising is the holy grail of the TV and advertising industries. In the US, experts forecast that by 2015 theannual revenues from targeted advertising will exceed $11 billion. But in the UK and Europe it has stalled becausesubscription-based services and internet-based advertising sales houses know so much about their customers that itwould be difficult to avoid claims of abuse of privacy and data protection rights if they targeted them with tailored ad-vertisements. PBR’s technology completely avoids all privacy and data protection issues. PBR is being developed in three phases (Proof of Concept; UK Commercial Rollout and International Rollout) to deliver tar-geted adverts to TV viewers and reward viewers in cash and vouchers. Since the adverts are targeted, they earn a pre-mium for PBR while the viewer gets a standard amount no matter how targeted the ad. Viewers target themselves byself-profiling and their personal details never leave the STB. Hence total confidentiality is maintained which improvesthe likelihood that the consumer will trust the vendor and make a purchase - aggressive sales techniques automaticallyfail when the viewer remains in control of all his personal data. The PBR technology and business models are patentedwith further patent applications being progressed. Viewers receive both cash and vouchers on their mobile phones.How PBR worksCustomers acquiring PBR-enabled Set Top Boxes (STBs) will register details of their family at first set-up, so as to allowthem to earn rewards from watching ads.  The typical reward will be 2p per minute, but voucher offers sent to a nomi-nated smart phone will enhance that cash value.  Details registered will include family members by age and sex, first lan-guage, post code, household income, ownership of such items as car, bicycle, pet, garden, estimated weekly grocery bill, and so on. None of that information leaves the box, so neither PBH Ltd nor any of its clients ever have access to it.  Instead, head-ers are attached to all ads downloaded into the PBR-enabled STB,which will by-pass homes that do not fit the advertiser’s targetmarket.  Customers view PBR ads by choice.  They know that PBR ads willnot be offered unless they fit the stated household demographicprofile.  Ads will be offered in 2 minute breaks by means of an on-screen message, inviting viewers to pause what they are watchingin order to view one or more of the PBR ads.  They can then re-sume watching, knowing that another set of PBR ads will be of-fered at intervals of roughly 15 minutes.  Advertisers will be ableto specify if they want to limit the number of times any message is P a g e 1 o f 5 - P l a y b a c k H o l d i n g s L t d . 3 7 S t a t i o n R o a d , L o n d o n N W 4 4 P N - M o n d a y, 9 J u l y 2 0 1 2
  2. 2. Playback Holdings Limitedviewed by a single household.With the express consent of householders, Playback Holdings Ltd will be able to aggregate a large volume of viewingdata, which will have commercial value, especially as clients will in addition be able to target groups of households forfurther inquiry, typically by sending a questionnaire to the specified mobile phone, and offering a reward for completingthe questionnaire.  How people watch TVThe Economist has reported (May 2010) that, in the UK, 90% of TV viewing is live TV viewing. Only after the viewer hasfound that there is nothing worth watching on live TV does he switch to anything he may have recorded on his PersonalVideo Recorder (PVR). This makes up just 7% of viewing. Only after seeing that he has nothing to watch on his live TVand pre-recorded TV does the viewer switch to video on demand services such as BBC iPlayer etc. This makes up just 3%of viewing. The percentages may have changed since this Special Report with the growth in BBC iPlayer and other broadband deliv-ery services but probably not by much. Connecting televisions to the internet is getting easier with Samsung SMART TVand new Sony Bravia sets automatically locating WiFi connectivity in the home. But people buy new televisions infre-quently and televisions which automatically configure themselves to connect to the internet tend to be expensive setswhich sell in low volumes.In British homes with a Sky+ box, which allows for easy recording of programmes, almost 85% of television shows areviewed at the time the broadcasters see fit to air them. Some 60% of all shows recorded on Sky+ boxes are viewed withina day. Often the delay is only a few minutes—just enough to finish the washing up or to make a phone call.The Economist Special Report also showed that on average people greatly underestimate the amount of television thatthey watch per day and greatly overestimate the amount of pre-recorded and internet video that they watch. On averagein the UK everyone watches in excess of four hours television per day - in the US this is more like five hours televisionper day.There is a short 2010 video from The Economist on this topic available from a link on the PBR website.Target MarketIn the UK alone there around 27 million homes with television sets. Over 17 million of these are homes where Freeviewis the secondary television platform (i.e these are homes where the primary television service is being provided by satel-lite or cable) and the remaining 10 million homes are where Freeview is their sole or primary television service. Thesetend to be older viewers and poorer viewers. w w w. p l a y b a c k r e w a r d s . c o m" Commercial in Confidence 2
  3. 3. Playback Holdings Limited The PBR service will initially be aimed at Freeview viewers although there is no good reason why the homebrew kit built around the Raspberry Pi (see below) cannot be used on satellite and cable too. After proving the model in the Freeview market- place it is the intention to licence the technology for inclusion in cable and satellite STBs, and YouView-style integrated televi- sion sets. At this time we intend that PBR will become available in legacy standard definition STBs as a middleware software upgrade broadcast overnight. Discussions are ongoing with various retailers for inclusion of PBR technology in variouscommodity digital television STBs to be launched shortly. The overall UK market for PBR is all digital TV sets, which are rapidly replacing the 60 million analogue sets. Even50,000 homes, with very clear demographic profiles, will be attractive to advertisers wanting to avoid wastage, to pin-point suitable recipients of vouchers, and to test new messages and products – perhaps comparing outcomes in differentgroups of homes. In theory, there is no limit to the number of homes that could adopt PBR (and even acquire more thanone PBR unit per home so that different members of the household create different profiles regarding themselves andhence see different advertisements e.g. adults and children seeing different advertisements in their bedrooms).The STB under developmentWe are building the first Set Top Box (STB) on the RaspberryPi - the extraordinary single board computer from Cam-bridge, UK. Stephen Glynn, our CTO, has one of the firstunits in London and has been working on developing theSTB on it since late May 2012.Currently at the time of writing there are about 50,000 Rasp-berry Pi computers in the world. By the end of July 2012 thisis estimated to have risen to in excess of 100,000 and EbanUpton of the Raspberry Pi foundation has said that he hopesthere will be around a million Raspberry Pi computers inhomes around the world by the end of this year (2012) whenPBR plans to launch their homebrew kit.Cloud ComputingOur cloud computing infrastructure is currently under development.  Basically we divide this into two stages - Up-stream and Downstream. Currently we are working on the Downstream stage.The Downstream stage is engaged in taking a signal from the STB of a consumer, transmitting this across the web, man-aging it within a cloud database, sending it to a mobile voucher system, generating a mobile voucher on the customer’smobile phone and providing all the back-office facilities. These facilities are currently under development by our CTO.The Upstream stage involves building a demonstration STB upon which the viewer can profile himself, view televisionprogrammes via PBR and earn money. We are going to be building this demonstrator as a custom written application tow w w. p l a y b a c k r e w a r d s . c o m" Commercial in Confidence 3
  4. 4. Playback Holdings Limited run on the Raspberry Pi computer. Raspberry Pi computers will become generally available later this year - it is thought that hundreds of thousands of them will be in British homes by Christmas 2012. In this configuration the Raspberry Pi will be oper- ated by a standard television remote control using CEC under HDMI (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HDMI and see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBs7KaTK5Hk  for a video of this in operation). The aim then will be to raise further funding so that implementations of our technol-ogy could be installed within existing Freeview PVR owners by means of an software upgrade, by licensing it to be de-ployed on YouView and in the various satellite and cable STBs. But we will also be looking at getting young program-mers interested in developing the technology on the Raspberry Pi and in a variety of educational and training businessmodels build around our expanded business.Electronic Voucher and DeliveryThe mechanism for electronic voucher and cash delivery to a mobile phonethat has been selected is well established in the UK. It is to be based around i-movo technology - another patented British technology.  i-movos web site is atwww.i-movo.com, their processing centre is in Jersey and, in bullet form, theirkey features are: i-movo Secure Digital Voucher redemption capability available in 23,000 PayPoint stores across the UK Every UK household in urban/suburban location within 1 mile of an outlet Energy companies have used CashOut to pay out over £6M in the last twelve months to their "Pre-Paid" customers "Pre-Paid" customers are largely C2D and welcome these payouts (between £5 and £15) with over 80% of payments claimed Customer satisfaction with the service is 97% Same service can be used for advertiser-sponsored vouchers where sampling (i.e. free product) redemp- tion rates have reached 87% Service totally proven with over 4M vouchers redeemed by over 600,000 customers since launch in 2006.Further informationContact Playback Holdings Ltd either via our website (www.playbackrewards.com) , e-mail me directly atali.kelman@playbackrewards.com or speak to me at the British Business Embassy at Lancaster House on 3rd August2012 in London.w w w. p l a y b a c k r e w a r d s . c o m" Commercial in Confidence 4
  5. 5. Playback Holdings Limited We are interested in a fast global rollout of our patented technology - and there are many opportunities for a variety of international and national partners and representatives both in financing the operation, inward investment in the UK and in exclusive and licensing relationships. We look forward to hearing from you. Alistair Kelman CEO Playback Holdings Ltd - London UKw w w. p l a y b a c k r e w a r d s . c o m" Commercial in Confidence 5