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Ad hoc announcement transmitted by DGAP. The issuer has the sole responsibility of this announcement. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

NAB 2001, Las Vegas - April 25, 2001 - IBM and The Fantastic Corporation (Neuer Markt Frankfurt: FAN) today announced a global strategic alliance to give providers and users of broadband services, seamless, easy-to-use, digital content management and distribution capabilities. The alliance agreement, one of IBM`s first in the digital media and entertainment industry - expands a European initiative the two announced in December of 2000. Under the terms of this new agreement, the partners will jointly market their integrated digital media solution, including Fantastic`s Channel Management Center and Channel Editorial Center applications running on IBM hardware and software. Fantastic is porting its software to IBM AIX and Linux. In sales to existing and new customers, Fantastic will lead, where appropriate, with the IBM hardware platforms and IBM infrastructure software as well as make use of IBM`s storage solutions. IBM Global Services will serve as lead integrator. In addition, an equity stake has been negotiated between the companies, the terms of which are undisclosed. IBM and Fantastic will undertake joint efforts in sales, marketing, development and system integration services, delivering a clear, consistent pathway to evolve and develop new solutions in the expanding rich-media marketplace. "e;The goal of the IBM and Fantastic Corporation partnership is to bring current and future customers, worldwide, the best in broadband and rich-media solutions,"e; said Dick Anderson, IBM general manager of Global Media and Entertainment. "e;This is the first step in a long-term relationship, where together, IBM and Fantastic can transform the rich-media marketplace with world- leading content management and delivery solutions."e; "e;We are extremely pleased and honored to be partnering with IBM to drive the acceptance of broadband solutions globally,"e; said Fantastic`s Chairman and CEO Reto Braun. The Fantastic Corporation strategic alliance is another example of IBM`s commitment to go-to-market with leading independent software vendors through the PartnerWorld for Developers program (www.developer.ibm.com). Under this initiative, IBM has signed agreements with companies such as Siebel Systems, Retek and PeopleSoft. The goal is to provide developers with access to new customers and revenue opportunities through IBM`s marketing, sales, and solutions resources.

end of ad hoc announcement, (c) DGAP 25.04.2001

Issuer`s information/explanation remarks concerning this ad hoc announcement:

About IBM IBM is the world`s largest information technology company, with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. Drawing on resources from across IBM and key Business Partners, IBM offers a wide range of services, solutions and technologies that enable telecommunications Service Providers and equipment suppliers to take full advantage of the new era of e-business. The fastest way to get more information about IBM is through the IBM home page at www.ibm.com. Information on IBM`s telecommunications offerings can be found at www.ibm.com/software.

The Fantastic Corporation The Fantastic Corporation (Zug, Switzerland) is a leading provider of software solutions for data broadcasting. This is an emerging communications technology which combines point-to-multipoint digital broadcasting with point-to-point Internet connectivity, in order to deliver rich interactive media content to PCs, digital set-top boxes or handheld devices (including 3G mobile phones) over any broadband IP network.

By merging the inherent bandwidth and speed benefits of broadcasting technologies with the interactivity of the Internet, data broadcast provides superior content distribution and interaction in an increasingly IP-centric world. Fantastic is a public company, quoted on the Frankfurt Stock exchange using the symbol: FAN. Visit our website at www.fantastic.com.

The Fantastic Corporation is a registered trademark. Channel Management CenterTM (CMC), Channel Editorial CenterTM (CEC) are trademarks of The Fantastic Corporation. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- WKN: 925476; Index: NEMAX 50 Listed: Neuer Markt Frankfurt; Freiverkehr in Berlin, Bremen, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Hann 251201 Apr 01

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