Chinese Weather Enterprise Creates Official Relationship with AccuWeather for Worldwide Weather Distribution

January 30, 2013; 10:05 AM
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Huafeng Innovative Network Company and AccuWeather Join to Provide Authorized Weather Information for Digital Media

STATE COLLEGE, PA - January 30, 2013 - Weather service products from Beijing Huafeng Innovative Network Technology Co., Ltd, a Chinese weather company, are now available to AccuWeather's many original device manufacturer partners who distribute devices in the People's Republic of China. This officially sanctioned relationship in China results from a global cross-licensing of weather forecasts and information announced today by Beijing Huafeng Innovative Network Technology Co., Ltd. and AccuWeather International, Inc.

Huafeng Innovative Network will supply weather service products from China to AccuWeather in an exclusive arrangement across all digital media.

AccuWeather will provide Huafeng Innovative Network with its information for use by Huafeng Innovative Network within the People's Republic of China (PRC). The agreement applies to distribution on web, mobile, and digital media - any device with an IP address.

"Although weather forecasts cannot be one hundred percent accurate, we will make a one hundred percent effort to provide the best weather services to the public," said Liu Lin, General Manager of Huafeng Innovative Network.

"This is a groundbreaking arrangement that places AccuWeather and Huafeng Innovative Network in the forefront of global weather distribution. It removes uncertainty for digital device manufacturers and distributors as to who to deal with when weather information from or to the PRC is concerned. We are pleased to conclude this arrangement, many years in the making," said Barry Lee Myers, CEO of AccuWeather International, Inc. "This will offer a reliable, convenient, single source for device manufacturers who wish to distribute their digital products in the People's Republic of China."

AccuWeather manages a comprehensive portfolio of patents for non-weather and weather location-based and location-aware services, many of which are granted or pending in the PRC. The agreement addresses the honoring of those patents as well.

The agreement became effective on January 14, 2013.

About Beijing Huafeng Innovative Network Technology Co., Ltd.

Beijing Huafeng Innovative Network Technology Co., Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of China Meteorological Administration Huafeng Meteorological Media Group. Relying on the public weather services provided by Huafeng Group, Huafeng Innovative Network Company makes efforts to expand weather services on new media, including services on new media like mobile, IPTV, Internet TV, etc. and interactive TV business markets. It is dedicated to provide clients with professional weather services with rich content, audio and video information and strong visuality and in close touch with life and needs of various industries.

Huafeng Innovative Network Company's services have a full range of coverage, including weather services to China Mobile, China Unicom and China TeleCom, and domestic internet companies like Baidu, Tencent and UC.

Huafeng Innovative Network Company's service products take diversified forms. Depending on the different target groups of various terminals and different characteristics of various terminal technologies, it provides weather warning and forecast services in various forms like text, images, animations, video programs, etc. The contents include forecasts, live coverage, professional services, popular science, life services and a variety of information for all cities in China and major cities worldwide.

Huafeng Innovative Network Company provides linked services through multi-media. By making full use of Huafeng Group's contents from the programs of China Weather Channel and the special programs for science popularization, the various new media platforms benefit customers as they can easily access to the audio and video weather information services provided by Huafeng Innovative Network Company, regardless of whether they are watching TV at home, staying outdoors or visiting Internet.

- Huafeng Innovative Network Company was awarded a "Golden Bridge Prize" by China Technology Market Association for its "China Weather Channel IPTV software"

- Huafeng Innovative Network Company was awarded a "2010 Best Information Application Software Prize" for its "Weather Channel" client software

- Ms. Liu Lin, General Manager of Huafeng Innovative Network Company, was awarded "Venture Star of Zhongguancun" in 2012

- Huafeng Innovative Network Company was awarded "High Growth Enterprise in China Information Industry in 2012"

- Ms. Liu Lin, Legal Representative of Huafeng Innovative Network Company, was awarded "New Talent of China Information Industry in 2012"

- Huafeng Innovative Network Company was awarded a "China Mobile Application Innovative Prize" in the China Mobile Contest for its "China Weather Channel" client software

- Huafeng Innovative Network Company was granted a silver award in the "1st Baidu Cloud Application Development Contest" for its "China Weather Channel Client Software"

About AccuWeather and AccuWeather.com

Every day 750 million people worldwide rely on AccuWeather to help them plan their lives, protect their businesses, and get more from their day. AccuWeather provides hourly forecasts for more than 2.7 million locations worldwide, with customized content and engaging video presentations available on smart phones, tablets, free wired and mobile internet sites, connected TVs and Internet appliances, as well as via radio, television, and newspapers. Founded in 1962 by Dr. Joel N. Myers - a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society who was recognized as one of the top entrepreneurs in American history by Entrepreneur Magazine's Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurs - AccuWeather also delivers a wide range of highly-customized enterprise solutions to media, business, government, and institutions, as well as news and weather content and video for more than 72,000 third-party websites.

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