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TEL AVIV, Israel — Dec. 9, 2008 — Scopus Video Networks (NASDAQ: SCOP) today announced that leading Brazilian broadcasting company RMT has chosen Scopus digital networking solutions to upgrade the video distribution networks for two regional RMT television stations, TV Centro America and TV Morena. The combination of Scopus encoding, multiplexing, DVB S2 channel coding, and network management equipment has helped RMT significantly reduce its bandwidth costs and raise its quality-of-service levels for viewers throughout two large Brazilian states.

"With the Scopus solutions and their support of the DVB S2 standard, we've been able to reduce our bandwidth costs by 30 percent — in fact, we expect to see a complete return on our investment in 18 months," said Luis Botello, RMT's engineering director. "We've also seen significant improvements in service quality, and Scopus' ability to provide a reliable, turnkey solution with access to local support puts it head and shoulders above other vendors."

TV Centro America broadcasts to 120 cities in Mato Grosso state and TV Morena broadcasts to 100 cities in Mato Grosso do Sul state. Both stations are regional affiliates of TV Globo, Brazil's largest television network. Prior to installing the Scopus equipment, the stations' satellite distribution system was based on leased equipment that had become outdated and could no longer meet RMT's standards for reliability and quality of service. After evaluating multiple vendors, RMT chose a combination of equipment from Scopus, installing UE-9000 encoders, the IVG 7304 Intelligent Video Gateway, IRD-2900 integrated receiver decoders, and the NMS 4000 centralized network management system.

The Scopus solutions form the basis for a new transmission infrastructure that enables RMT to leverage the lower cost and reliability of content delivery over an IP network. Content is delivered via IP from TV Globo to TV Centro America's operations center in Cuiabá and TV Morena's center in Campo Grande. The video feeds (four channels for TV Centro America and three for TV Moreno) are received and decoded by the IRD-2900 integrated receiver decoders and then multiplexed for insertion of local content by the IVG 7304. The UE-9000 provides local content encoding for distribution to viewers' homes. The Scopus NMS 4000 provides a centralized, holistic view of each network to simplify troubleshooting and help RMT maintain consistent, high-quality transmissions.

"RMT's selection of Scopus solutions for its headend operations in Cuiabá and Campo Grande is a real validation of the value we can bring to broadcasting networks — and it reinforces our commitment to the Latin American marketplace," said Shimon Shanor, Scopus' vice president of sales and marketing. "We're pleased that we were able to play such a significant role in RMT's upgrade to a more cost-effective, higher quality, and more reliable networking infrastructure."

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About RMT

Rede Matogrossense de Televisão (RMT) is a Brazilian broadcasting company that operates two regional stations: TV Morena, which commenced broadcasting on Channel 6 in 1965 serving Mato Grosso do Sul state, and TV Centro America, serving Mato Grosso state on Channel 4 since 1969. In 1976, RMT became an affiliate of Brazil's largest network, TV Globo, broadcasting network content in addition to offering a wide range of local programs including news, sports, variety shows, and country attractions. RMT began satellite operations in 1997 with a 75 percent market share in the region. For more information, visit www.tvca.com.br or www.tvmorena.com.br.

About Scopus Video Networks

Scopus Video Networks (NASDAQ: SCOP) develops, markets, and supports digital video networking solutions that enable network operators to offer advanced video services to their subscribers. Scopus solutions support digital television, HDTV, live event coverage, and content distribution.

Scopus' comprehensive digital video networking solutions offer intelligent video gateways, encoders, decoders, and network management platforms. The company's solutions are designed to allow network operators to increase service revenues, improve customer retention, and minimize capital and operating expenses.

Scopus customers include satellite, cable, and terrestrial operators; broadcasters; and telecom service providers. Scopus solutions are used by hundreds of network operators worldwide. More information is available at www.scopus.net.

This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning Scopus marketing and operations plans. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements in this press release are made based on management's current expectations and estimates, which involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements. These statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, risks related to the evolving market for digital video in general and the infancy of the video-over-IP in particular and the ability to successfully deploy products, general economic conditions and other risk factors. Scopus does not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements made herein.

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