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Streaming Media
April 27, 2004

Table of Contents

Sony Ships Professional Disc for DATA media
Aspire Digital Introduces DVD Recorder
DivXNetworks Makes a Splash at RetailVision
Easy Media Creator 7 OEM Adds DVD+R DL Capabilities
Rimage Introduces Next-Generation 2000i Desktop CD/DVD Publisher
InFocus Launches Flagship Three-Chip DLP Home Cinema Projector
InterVideo's Software Selected for New Panasonic ''Let'snote'' Wireless Notebooks
Advanced Media Introduces RIDATA 8x DVD +/-R Optical Discs

Sony Ships Professional Disc for DATA media

Sony Electronics has announced that it is now shipping Professional Disc for DATA media, a recording technology that uses blue lasers instead of standard red lasers to write more data onto a disc. Featuring a 23.3GB storage capacity per single-sided disc, Professional Disc for DATA media provides the storage capacity needed to fulfill the rigorous demands of data-intensive applications, such as medical imaging, broadcast, audio/video editing, graphic design, and enterprise content management. The new format--available in both write-once and rewritable versions--also boasts 11MB/second read and 9MB/second write speeds for quick file storage and retrieval.

To help protect data loss from disc damage, an anti-static polycarbonate resin cartridge covers the disc, protecting it from damage and data loss or errors during the write/read process. The cartridge also decreases media sensitivity to dust, fingerprints, and other contaminants for extended resilience.

Sony is planning at least three generations of Professional Disc for DATA technology, with the aim of doubling capacity and performance from one generation to the next. Second-generation Professional Disc for DATA technology is expected in 2005, featuring a 50GB storage capacity on a single-sided, double layer disc with a transfer rate of 18 MB/second. Planned for release in 2007, third-generation Professional Disc for DATA drives and media are projected to reach a 100GB storage capacity using double-sided media and a transfer rate of 36 MB/second.

While Professional Disc for DATA media uses a blue laser similar to Blu-ray technology, the two are disparate formats targeted at different markets. Professional Disc for DATA is for businesses seeking a professional data storage solution. Blu-ray, on the other hand, is a high-end consumer recording technology that is available only in Japan for now. Professional Disc for DATA and Blu-ray discs are not interchangeable.

Sony Professional Disc for DATA media is now available for about $45 for both the write-once version (model PDDWO23) and the rewritable version (model PDDRW23). Sony data media is sold through an extensive channel of distributors, resellers and integrators. Professional Disc for DATA drives, autochangers and libraries are currently available through Sony's channel partners.

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Aspire Digital Introduces DVD Recorder

Aspire Digital brings its first DVD recorder, the AD-8091, to the consumer electronics market at an MSRP of $249.00. The AD-8091 is the first product to make its debut from Aspire Digital's new dedicated facility in Huizhou, China. The facility is expected to produce over 800,000 DVD recorders for the worldwide market in its first year of operation.

The AD-8091 is designed to record onto blank DVD+R or DVD+RW discs. Five recording modes (HQ, SP, LP, EP, EP+) are provided to let the user maximize disk space or select high-quality recording. Television programming can be captured via the real-time recording function. "Continue Recording" and "Auto-Search Free Space" functions provide convenience while recording episodic or multiple title programming.

The unit delivers quality playback from virtually all audio or video disc formats, including DVD, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, CD+G, JPEG, MP3 and Kodak Picture CD. Progressive Scan, Dolby 5.1 audio output, Dolby Digital AC-3 decoder and DTS digital audio output combine to provide expansive sound and crisp images. The unit includes 4:3/16:9 display conversion, as well as parental lock settings. Both NTSC and PAL formatting are provided for worldwide compatibility. Optical and coaxial outputs are provided for higher-speed digital processing. Composite video and analog stereo outputs are also included.

For consumers who want the added capability of recording directly from digital camcorder tapes and digital cameras, Aspire Digital's model AD-8092 includes all the features available in the AD-8091 plus an IEEE 1394 (FireWire) connection for fast download times. The AD-8092 will be available at an MSRP of $299.00.

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DivXNetworks Makes a Splash at RetailVision

DivXNetworks, Inc., the company that created the patent-pending DivX video compression technology, will demonstrate a range of DivX video software and consumer electronics solutions at RetailVision North America, held April 26-29 at the Hyatt Grand Champion in Indian Wells, Calif.

DivXNetworks will showcase a number of technologies, including secure playback of DivX video-on-demand content on DivX-certified DVD players; DivX video playback on handheld and portable devices; High-Definition DivX video playback at a fraction of the file size of broadcast HD files; conversion of DV home video footage into DivX using Dr. DivX video software for nearly 20 times better compression, and more.

Also at Retail Vision, KiSS Technology, Inc., a leading manufacturer of next-generation consumer electronics products, announced that they will work with DivXNetworks, Inc., to develop a DivX-certified DVD player optimized for the high-resolution HDTV playback of DivX video files. KiSS Technologies will demonstrate DivX-certified DVD players to major retailers at RetailVision North America, where DivXNetworks is an event sponsor.

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Easy Media Creator 7 OEM Adds DVD+R DL Capabilities

Roxio, Inc. has released a downloadable update to its best-selling suite that will immediately enable DVD Double Layer (DL) data burning capabilities and allow consumers to nearly double the amount of valuable personal data they can record to a single DVD +R DL disc.

Easy Media Creator 7 OEM edition with double layer support is currently being evaluated by several major hardware partners.

For retail customers, double layer data burning capabilities are available immediately through the Roxio Updater, which automatically connects via the Internet to Roxio's support site and informs customers when updates are available for download. Support for double layer video authoring for retail versions of Easy Media Creator 7 will be released in the near future.

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Rimage Introduces Next-Generation 2000i Desktop CD/DVD Publisher

Rimage Corporation, a leading provider of CD/DVD publishing systems for business applications, announced the market launch of the Rimage 2000i, its next-generation desktop CD/DVD publishing system, at last week's NAB 2004 convention in Las Vegas. The Rimage 2000i system was exhibited by Microboards Technology, one of Rimage's distribution channel partners.

The Rimage 2000i is expected to start shipping later in May.

Jim Lewis, VP of desktop products, commented: "The Rimage 2000i was designed from the ground up after extensive market research into what customers want in an integrated CD/DVD publishing solution. What they want is a highly user-friendly, convenient and reliable system. Based on this input, the Rimage 2000i is a true plug-and-play product. No assembly is required and there is no printer to mount or alignments to make. The Rimage 2000i, which is based upon our advanced software and proven robotics, also leverages the latest advancements in ink-jet color printing from HP."

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InFocus Launches Flagship Three-Chip DLP Home Cinema Projector

InFocus, a leader in digital projection technology and services, has announced the launch of the InFocus ScreenPlay 777, a new three-chip DLP home cinema projector that brings the performance of commercial digital cinema to the elite home theater connoisseur.

Using similar three-chip technology found in professional digital cinemas, the InFocus ScreenPlay 777 has three Mustang HD2+, native 720p high-definition DMD's by Texas Instruments. The InFocus ScreenPlay 777 projects 2000 lumens of stunning brightness with 3000:1 contrast ratio, resulting in flawless home cinema performance.

For ease of installation, the projector employs features including InFocus ScreenPlay standard electronics, connectivity, and a unique seven-lens option. Any of the seven lenses can be easily placed while the projector is mounted for perfect images on any screen. To further ease custom installation, the projector has horizontal and digital keystone correction and power zoom/power focus to provide wide latitude in placement and set up.

The InFocus ScreenPlay 777 will be available in Q2 through select InFocus Authorized ScreenPlay partners and channels worldwide.

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InterVideo's Software Selected for New Panasonic ''Let'snote'' Wireless Notebooks

InterVideo Inc. has announced that it will provide Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., best known by its Panasonic brand name, with WinDVD 5 DVD playback software for Panasonic "Let'snote" Model CF-W2 and CF-Y2 Wireless Notebooks. InterVideo WinDVD 5 software is the first version of WinDVD to offer playback support for Content Protection for Recordable Media (CPRM) and the first DVD playback software to be bundled with Panasonic "Let'snote" as fully compliant with the DVD Forum's DVD-RAM specifications. "Let'snote" notebooks bundled with WinDVD 5 will be available throughout Japan in Q2 2004.

CPRM is a popular content protection technology that is widely used by DVD/HDD recorders in Japan and supported by DVD-RAM media. InterVideo's new CPRM playback technology removes the barriers to transferring protected discs from the original recorder to the Panasonic notebook PCs for playback while protecting the content from being copied. WinDVD 5 includes convenient features such as time-stretching as well as the ability to watch DVDs while working on the computer or surfing the Web. With time-stretching and InterVideo's Mobile Technology, WinDVD 5 allows users to watch a 1-hour and 20-minute movie on a 1-hour flight by speeding up the playback without loss of quality.

Panasonic's "Let'snote" series notebooks only weigh about 1.5kg. The CF-W2 model features an ultra-low voltage Pentium M 1.1GHz CPU and a 12.1-inch TFT display. The CF-Y2 model is equipped with an ultra-low voltage Pentium M 1.3GHz CPU and a 14.1-inch SXGA+ display. Both models include a Wireless LAN, Windows XP Pro S and a 40GB HDD. The new "Let'snote" series notebooks also include a DVD/CD drive conveniently tucked under a pop-up palmrest. The combination DVD/CD drive supports CD-R/RW recording and reading as well as DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, and DVD-RAM reading.

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Advanced Media Introduces RIDATA 8x DVD +/-R Optical Discs

Advanced Media, Inc., a subsidiary of RITEK Corporation, an optical media manufacturer, has announced the addition of 8x DVD +/-R discs to their RIDATA brand lineup of recordable media. The DVD-R recently went into production and the DVD+R discs have been in production since January. Advanced Media has held back their introduction, awaiting the drive technology to catch up, saving users the inconvenience of having to make firmware upgrades to slower drives.

Beside the new 8x DVD discs, the RIDATA brand includes a variety of CD and DVD optical discs, flash memory cards and flash memory card adapters, a USB 2.0 6-in-1 card reader, a thumb-size EZ drive portable storage device, and assorted media accessories.

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