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Navarre's FUNimation Entertainment Announces the Launch of the FUNimation Channel in Seattle

    December 21, 2006

The FUNimation Channel now available 24/7 on KHCV TV-45 Seattle's digital channel 44-3



FORT WORTH, TX -- December 20, 2006 -- FUNimation Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation (NASDAQ: NAVR) and the market share leader for home video sales of Japanese animation in the United States, announced today that the FUNimation Channel is now live in Seattle and surrounding area. Available via digital broadcast on KHCV TV-45 Seattle Digital Channel 44-3, the FUNimation Channel will provide 24-hour digital programming of top anime series in the United States to over one million households in the Seattle area.



"This is great news for the FUNimation Channel and for anime fans in the Seattle area," said Debra Kennedy, senior vice president of marketing and new media at FUNimation Entertainment. "With the FUNimation Channel part of the programming available on the digital line-up of KHCV TV-45, it allows us to bring our 24/7 digital anime programming to a very large audience in the Seattle area."



"With the popularity of Anime as it is, the FUNimation Channel will be a great asset to the Seattle market and reach a wide demographic of animation fans ranging from children to adults," states Stephanie Ogle, production and programming manager of KHCV.





KHCV is a locally-owned and operated commercial broadcast television station serving the Seattle market. Broadcasting the "Azteca America" network over the air on UHF channel 45, KHCV's programming can also be seen on Digital channel 44-1 as well as a variety of Western Washington cable systems such as Comcast Cable, Millennium Digital Media & Click! Network. KHCV can be seen in over 1 million households.



FUNimation is working with OlympuSAT, a leading distributor of independent digital programming networks, for the distribution of the FUNimation Channel. OlympuSAT is the exclusive distributor of the FUNimation Channel, which is now available to video service providers across the nation as a 24/7 linear channel and as syndicated programming.



The FUNimation Channel is a 24-hour, digital channel programmed with top-rated anime series from Japan brought to the United States by FUNimation Entertainment. The channel is currently available to viewers nationwide as part of the CoLours TV Network, which is part of DISH Network's basic package, to residents in the Los Angeles area via over-the-air broadcast on digital channel LA 18.3, to residents in seven states on Verizon FiOS TV extended basic package, to Hawaii residents on KIKU TV, to Houston-area residents as part of Optical Entertainment Network's FISION service, to the greater Sacramento area as part of SureWest Broadband's Digital Choice package, and it is now available to Seattle residents on KHCV TV-45 Seattle's digital channel 44-3. For more information on the FUNimation Channel, its availability or how to get it, visit www.funimationchannel.com.



** About FUNimation Entertainment

FUNimationĀ® Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation (NASDAQ: NAVR), is the leading company for home video sales of Japanese animation in the United States. FUNimation is known for acquiring top-rated anime series from Japan and for developing some of North America's most popular anime series. The company has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands, and manages a full spectrum of rights for most of its brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution. For images, or more information on FUNimation or any of its properties, contact Jeff Dronen at 817-788-0627, ext. 251 or jeff.dronen@funimation.com.



** About KHCV TV-45

KHCV is a locally owned & operated commercial broadcast television station serving the Seattle market since 1998. Broadcasting the "Azteca America" network over the air on UHF channel 45. KHCV also airs the "Jewelry Television" network, which can be seen on Digital channel 44-1 as well as a variety of Western Washington cable systems such as Comcast Cable, Millennium Digital Media & Click! Network. KHCV's programming can be seen in over 1 million households and is based out of Redmond, WA. KHCV's Media Contact is Stephanie L. Ogle and she can be reached at 425-497-1515 or via email at steph@tv45.tv

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