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Startling programmes on Reality TV this September

New Delhi, September 1, 2005 -- A series of exciting and appealing shows will be premiered all this month on Reality TV. A heady mix of entertaining love stories, fast paced action-packed shows, unbelievable stories on animal rescues and extraordinary real life miracles will feature on Reality TV through the month. September brings an interesting line-up of shows like The Wall Crawler, Conjoined in the Head, In the Nick of Time, Miracle Steps, Exchanging Vows, Deadly Bugs and Deadly Reptiles to name a few.

Reality TV, a 24-hour entertainment channel that showcases programmes on real people and their true stories has been alluring audiences worldwide through an eclectic mix of real life programmes which portray a myriad of experiences, feats, idiosyncrasies, aspirations and sentiments. Each program captures events as they actually happened.

Announcing the new shows, Flecka Picardo, Marketing Manager of Reality TV, said, "It has been Reality TV's conscious attempt to provide meaningful, real life entertainment filled programmes to our Indian viewers. We are confident that these new programmes will further strengthen the position of the channel in India and will be appreciated by our viewers."

The Wall Crawler is an adventure thriller which showcases the live stunts of Frenchman Alain Robert. Having had 20 years of climbing experience in natural landscapes, often without any equipment, Alain was inspired to climb skyscrapers. He has been successful in reaching the top of some of the tallest towers of the world's most densely populated cities. The show follows his escapades as he scales buildings in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Hong Kong, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Kuala Lumpur, Frankfurt, Barcelona, Milan, Moscow and Paris. It entertains viewers by bringing them closer to a man who is a veritable mixture of light-hearted humour and brutal intensity.

Another show which harbors on human psychology is Exchanging Wows, which is an interesting account of the ups and downs associated with planning weddings. What makes the show unique and interesting is that a to-be-wed couple takes the responsibility of planning not their own wedding but of another similar couple. These couples in question do not know each other and the challenge is to envisage an ideal wedding day complete with all the practical and imaginative accouterments associated with the occasion. It is indeed a challenge as a simple personality profile of the other couple is all that is given to them.

Conjoined in the Head is about twins who have been inextricably joined at birth. The show is a vivid portrayal of the desperation that ensues on account of the physical aberration. The show accounts the throbbing urgency with which they live life on account of which surgical risks, even at the cost of their lives, is welcome.

Nick of Time, a reality-based series, captures the drama, humour, panic, tension and relief of people who are thrust into life threatening situations where time is a crucial factor --from fires and avalanches to an asthma attack, heart transplant and the dreaded flesh-eating disease.

Miracle Steps is a touching and inspiring account of a woman's path to resurrection and self confidence after her spinal cord was injured in an accident. It recounts her relationship with her mind instructor and is

a poignant yet inspiring account of her comeback to life.

Deadly Bugs and Deadly Reptiles are about the humility which these terrestrial creatures subject human beings to. The show is a light hearted account of the supremacy of these creatures of the earth surface over the "most evolved and sophisticated race - human being."

Love Behind Bars is a fascinating and surprising look behind the prison walls to see the way men and women follow old-fashioned traditions of love, affection and commitment, even when surrounded by guard towers and barbed wire.

Reality TV has a viewer ship of over 15 million Indian households across the country. The channel is distributed by Zee Turner and is also available on the DTH platform, Dish TV. Reality TV is an entertainment channel that tells stories of real people in real life situations and events as they actually happened. Reality TV is successfully reaching all corners of the globe providing thrills, spills and unbeatable round-the-clock entertainment value 365 days a year.

In addition to its operating group in London and international headquarters in Amsterdam, Zone Vision also has 16 regional offices. With over 250 specialist personnel, the company's commitment to understanding and addressing the unique business needs of international broadcasting is unparalleled. Activities conducted by the Group include channel creation and management, channel representation and program sales.

About Reality TV

Zone Vision's Reality TV channel was first launched in Europe in late 1999 and has gained distribution in more than 120 territories in just four years. The most significant recent launches were in the UK, where the channel is now available to more than 8 million cable and satellite subscribers and consistently rates in the top 50 channels in a 300+ channel market, and in the US where the channel launched in December 2003 on the Dish Network satellite platform. Worldwide, Reality TV is now broadcast in 16 different languages and is available to over 120 million subscribers.

About Zone Vision Networks

Based in London, Zone Vision Networks is a leading international broadcaster and distributor of thematic television channels. The company was founded in 1991 and today has 18 offices and studios throughout Europe, the United States, Asia and Latin America. Zone Vision Networks owns and operates four thematic channels: Reality TV, Europa Europa, Romantica and Club, which are broadcast in over 125 countries in 18 languages, with over 135 million paying subscribers. ZVN are also equity affiliates in the studio blockbuster movie entertainment channel, Showtime (Turkey). In addition, Zone Vision has a successful channel representation business and currently represents over 30 international channels from such companies as Discovery, Viacom, Turner, Hallmark and Eurosport, managing over 60 million subscribers. Zone Vision also has a program distribution business and continues to acquire formats, series and specials from leading producers around the world.

Zone Vision Networks is 87.5% owned by chellomedia, a subsidiary of UnitedGlobalCom, Inc. ("UCG") (NASDAQ: UCOMA).

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