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Streaming Media
May 07, 2004

Table of Contents

Memorex Announces New LabelMaker Expert Kit
AJA Video Systems Announces Support of New DVCPRO HD codec in Final Cut Pro HD
SnapStream Media's Firefly PC Remote Now Shipping
Verbatim Double-Layer DVD+R Media Receives Philips Certification
Freecom announces FM-10 Pro USB Stick
Univenture Expands High Impact Bind-In Disc Sleeve Line
Epson Introduces New PowerLite Home 10+ Home Theater Projector
Hasbro, Inc. Introduces VIDEONOW COLOR

Memorex Announces New LabelMaker Expert Kit

Memorex has announced its new LabelMaker Expert Kit, including everything CD and DVD enthusiasts need to easily design and print labels. The new Memorex LabelMaker Expert features a sleek silver patented Memorex label applicator, exPressit LabelMaker software, free software for mixing music, templates, clip art, labels, and hundreds of images.

The exPressit LabelMaker software features over 600 graphic images and clip art; 15 templates that make it easy to print disc labels, jewel case inserts, DVD storage case inserts, and more; as well as nearly 140 labels. The new, patented applicator lets consumers apply custom labels with precision to prevent playback errors. The applicator also features a lock-down piston for full-face labeling, has anti-curling tabs to prevent label bubbling, and is spring-loaded for precise label application.

Additionally, eJay's DJ MixStation software is included with each LabelMaker Expert package so that music lovers can mix tracks like a professional DJ without expensive external hardware like mixers, samplers, and turntables. DJ MixStation software offers two online MP3 players with pitch and cross fader for digital mixing, 500 samples to create your own live sets in real time, AutoMix mode for the ultimate house party from your PC, one-click beat matching for perfect transitions, eJay's song database engine to neatly organize your songs and tracks, and MP3 and WAV support.

The Memorex LabelMaker Expert Kit will be in retail stores nationwide this month for a suggested retail price of $19.99, and includes eJay's DJ MixStation software valued at $19.99.

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AJA Video Systems Announces Support of New DVCPRO HD codec in Final Cut Pro HD

AJA Video Systems Inc. announced that their new KONA 2 SD, HD, and dual link HD capture card fully supports Apple's new DVCPRO HD codec in Final Cut Pro HD, which was announced at NAB2004.

Kona 2 enables Apple's new DVCPRO HD format to be used with any HD-SDI source including existing HD decks such as Panasonic D5, Sony HDCAM, and HDCAM SR. The DVCPRO HD codec allows online quality at significantly smaller file sizes and disk requirements. The DVCPRO codec supports both the 720p and 1080i HD formats.

Developed in close cooperation with Apple, Kona 2 can capture and output DVCPRO HD media to HD-SDI. Additionally, Kona 2's hardware performs part of the DVCPRO HD processing--freeing up the CPU's for more effects power when outputting to HD-SDI.

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SnapStream Media's Firefly PC Remote Now Shipping

SnapStream Media, Inc., a leader in PC entertainment products, has announced that the highly anticipated Firefly PC remote is now shipping. Firefly gives users access to audio and visual media on their computer using a remote control. It integrates with more than 80 popular digital media applications like Microsoft Windows Media Player, Musicmatch, WinDVD, and SnapStream's own Beyond TV.

Firefly is sleek, lightweight, and designed to fit comfortably in the user's hand. It is an RF remote and can transmit signals through walls and up to 30 feet away. Five programmable media buttons provide instant access to music, TV, video, photos, or DVD applications. Firefly's mouse mode adds control to applications that are not remote ready.

Firefly comes with its own media center software, SnapStream Media's Beyond Media Basic, but it is also compatible with others such as Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition. Beyond Media Basic is a PC entertainment gateway with included music, video, and photos players. Users have the option to add other media applications to the Beyond Media Basic homepage for quick remote control access.

Priced at $49.99, the Firefly package is an affordable media center PC starter pack. It is currently available for purchase through the SnapStream Online Store at It is also available at leading retailers in the U.S. and Canada, including Fry's Electronics, select CompUSA stores, and online retailer, Thinkgeek.

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Verbatim Double-Layer DVD+R Media Receives Philips Certification

Verbatim Corporation has announced that Philips Format Verification Laboratory has certified its new 8.5GB Double-Layer DVD+R (DVD+R DL) media as fully compliant with the DVD+R DL standard. Certification provides drive manufacturers and end users with the assurance that Verbatim's new DVD+R DL media delivers broad compatibility with new DVD+R DL drives and existing DVD playback devices. Limited quantities of Verbatim DVD+R DL-certified discs will ship later this month. Philips, Sony, Dell, HP, and other DVD+RW Alliance members have announced drives that support the DL format.

Double-Layer DVD+R technology was developed by Verbatim's parent company, Mitsubishi Kagaku Media (MKM) in collaboration with Philips and other DVD+RW Alliance members. Tim Clatterbuck, Verbatim optical storage manager, acknowledged that even with MKM's advanced technologies, the development of high-quality Double-Layer discs was a significant challenge. "Double-Layer media required new media production materials and processes as well as a major investment in production modifications and new equipment, but we moved aggressively through the startup, yield improvement, and testing/certification phases," he noted. "All of the media produced to date has been delivered to burner manufacturers and software developers for testing before shipments begin for consumers."

Verbatim 8.5GB Double-Layer DVD+R media will begin shipping by the end of May.

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Freecom announces FM-10 Pro USB Stick

Freecom Technologies has announced that for those unexpected emergencies or unique situations users can now be sure that their data is safe; completely resistant to water, dust, and shock. The military, defense, sports, and other extreme situation applications for this rough, tough USB 2.0 stick drive are numerous.

Another interesting application of the stick is to carry vital medical and contact information in case of emergency. Any medical personnel with a 2.0 USB connection can instantly access the owner's complete medical history if there should be an injury.

Like its predecessors, the new FM-10 Pro is extremely robust, and is now fully dust and water resistant, tested to a depth of 3 atmospheres (20 meters/ 60 feet). The FM-10 Pro reads data at max. 6 MB/s and writes to its flash memory at a max. 3 MB/s. Thanks to USB 2.0 support, these transfer rates can be achieved on most modern PC's. It also arrives with a first-class software suite. In addition to password-protection and data encryption software, it offers a POP3 e-mail client (AutoMail), PC lock, Magic Disk as well as a complete compression and encrypting tool (Secure & Zip).

The FM-10 Pro USB 2.0 is available in storage capacities of 32, 64, 128, 256 and 512 MB and 1GB, at recommended manufacturers standard retail pricing ranging from $45 to over $200.

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Univenture Expands High Impact Bind-In Disc Sleeve Line

Univenture, Inc., the inventor and manufacturer of media packaging solutions, has announced several new additions to its bind-in sleeve line. The sleeves will deliver a strong brand message with full color flexo printing directly on the sleeve or simply let the disc and insert graphics clearly be seen and speak for themselves.

The automatic insertion of see through or printable Bind-In Disc Sleeves into perfect bound or saddle stitched publications offers marketers an opportunity to get a product sample into the hands of potential buyers through targeted magazines. Book publishers can now enhance the reader's experience or market new products through additional material on an enclosed disc.

The EnvyPak paper and poly bind-in sleeves can be flexo-printed in up to six colors on two surfaces and incorporate a full view of the disc graphics themselves. Durable, poly clear sleeves are also offered to completely show disc graphics. A two-disc paper and poly EnvyPak sleeve option is also available for saddle stitched bindery applications. Through Univenture's own Dark Weld technology the sleeve provides unusual strength and durability.

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Epson Introduces New PowerLite Home 10+ Home Theater Projector

Epson America Inc. has announced the EPSON PowerLite Home 10+, an enhanced version of its popular PowerLite Home 10 entry-level home theater projector released last year. The new projector combines Epson's award-winning projection technology with a 16:9 full-screen display, newly modified contrast ratio, and increased brightness to provide an even better level of quality image.

The PowerLite Home 10+ has the same features as the original Home 10, but by modifying optical mechanics, Epson has increased the projector's brightness by 200 ANSI lumens to 1,200 ANSI lumens for a more brilliant picture in all viewing environments. The contrast ratio has also been increased 700:1 to achieve a maximum 800:1, producing sharper, more colorful images that are optimized for movie viewing.

The PowerLite Home 10+ features a 1.54x optical zoom lens that allows users to project an 80-inch image from only six feet away all the way up to a 300-inch image from 24.9 feet. With the remote control, the Home 10+ lets users choose between four specific projection modes that automatically adjust the display to match different room environments and source materials. No installation is required to setup the Home 10+ making it easy to connect with both analog and digital systems, such as a TV/HDTV tuner, DVD player, camcorder, PC, or video game console.

The EPSON PowerLite Home 10+ is now shipping to select specialty stores nationwide and customers can obtain further availability information by calling the Epson Connection at 800-463-7766. The PowerLite Home 10+ comes with a two-year limited warranty that includes two elite technical support services--Epson's Private Line and Home Service Program.

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Hasbro, Inc. Introduces VIDEONOW COLOR

Prompted by the success of VIDEONOW, the first ever kid-friendly, portable, personal video player, Hasbro, Inc.'s Tiger Electronics introduces VIDEONOW COLOR coming this fall. In 2003 alone, more than 1.2 million VIDEONOW personal video players and more than 4 million VIDEONOW personal video discs were sold. VIDEONOW was recently ranked the number one TV-promoted product in the toy industry by a survey of retailers and wholesale distributors conducted by The Toy Book, a leading toy industry publication.

VIDEONOW COLOR combines the high caliber programming and easy portability of the original VIDEONOW with a colorful, ergonomic design; a larger, back-lit screen; and improved video playback quality.

VIDEONOW COLOR will offer the hottest names in children's entertainment, featuring popular titles from Nickelodeon including SpongeBob Squarepants, The Amanda Show (starring Amanda Bynes), Fairly Odd Parents, and Jimmy Neutron, as well as popular new episodes of ABC's America's Funniest Home Videos, NBC's Fear Factor, American Idol, and TLC's Trading Spaces, among others. The VIDEONOW COLOR proprietary color personal video discs will be available for approximately $8.99 each and $16.99 for three-packs with more content planned to follow at an approximate retail price under $5.

For approximately $75, kids this fall can have their very own VIDEONOW COLOR personal video player. VIDEONOW COLOR is backwards compatible--so the installed base of more than 4 million VIDEONOW personal video discs will play on VIDEONOW's next generation of hardware technology; each color unit will play both the new color personal video discs as well as the original personal video discs which will play in black and white.

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