PointCast Connections draws Web publishers, Excite deal

PointCast has tapped Excite to build a directory for its forthcoming Connections service, which enables information from any World Wide Web site to be pushed to users of the PointCast Network.

PointCast has tapped Excite to build a directory for its forthcoming Connections service, which enables information from any World Wide Web site to be pushed to users of the PointCast Network.

Connections, which does not charge publishers for transmitting their content to PointCast users, has already signed up more than 1000 Web publishers since its announcement last month, officials say. Connections will be available with PointCast's new client, which the company expects to begin beta testing this quarter, alongside PointCast's other sports, weather and news channels.

Excite's directory will let PointCast users navigate and search the Connections Web content; the company will also offer reviews of popular Connections content, officials say.

PointCast has also announced plans to use the Recreational Software Advisory Council's (http://www.rsac.org/) Internet content advisory system to rate the Connections content. This rating system allows users to filter Connections Web content for language, violence, nudity and sex. A PointCast representative will also join the council's advisory board.

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