NEW YORK and TEMPE, Ariz. - July 10, 2000 -, a unit of the MTVi Group, and enhanced browser developer NeoPlanet, Inc. (, today announced an agreement to offer custom versions of NeoPlanet's enhanced Web browser to audiences. The browsers will feature show-themed sounds and images and direct access to content. The first custom browser was released under the "Daria" brand. The Daria browser is the ultimate web-surfing tool for hardcore Daria aficionados featuring show-themed sounds, and is currently available free for download at

The new custom browsers are based upon the NeoPlanet 5.1 application and feature customizable "skins," email, search and enhanced "channel" navigation. Each browser features unique interface designs with show-themed sounds and images, direct "channel" links to properties, and a variety of enhanced navigation features.

"Combining's popular programming with the ease-of-use and customization of our enhanced browser creates a fun and compelling product for users," said Drew Cohen, president and CEO, NeoPlanet, Inc. "We are proud to work with MTVi in building and strengthening their audience relationships online."

The new browsers will feature:

  • Show-themed sounds and images throughout the interface
  • Customizable "skins" allowing users to easily change the look-and-feel of the browser
  • Enhanced channel navigation, including direct links to content
  • Integrated search and email
  • Macromedia Flash 4 Player.

The custom browsers are approximately 2MB, and require Windows 98 or Windows 95/NT with IE 4.0 or higher installed.

About The MTVi Group
The MTVi Group is the world's leading online music entertainment company featuring a comprehensive collection of music destinations on the Internet. The MTVi Group's 22 worldwide destinations include,, and The MTVi Group is a unit of MTV Networks, which is owned by Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B). Headquartered in downtown New York, The MTVi Group has satellite offices in San Francisco, CA. Liberty Digital (NYSE: LMG.A and LMG.B) holds a minority stake in The MTVi Group. For more information please visit The MTVi Group corporate Web site (

About NeoPlanet
NeoPlanet combines content, communications and community to bring the best of the Internet to the consumer's desktop. The company allows users to reflect their own "Internet Fashion" by customizing NeoPlanet's Internet Desktop through personalized "skins." NeoPlanet features a built in directory of user customizable Content Channels featuring Lycos' leading Internet content allowing users to personalize their surfing experience. Distribution channels include ISPs, OEMs, Web sites and direct marketers. NeoPlanet is free and easy to download at NeoPlanet, Inc. patent pending.

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