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Streaming Media
August 17, 2004

Table of Contents

NTI Introduces An Upgraded Dragon Burn
AOpen Now Shipping 16X DL DVD±RW Burners
CyberLink Announces AC-3 Audio into Video Rendering Technology
Synergy Media Group's TouchStand Media Kiosk to Feature CD Burning and Digital Music Downloading Capabilities
Tektronix Introduces High Definition (HD) Rasterizer for Video Broadcasters and Editors
New Internal 16X Dual Format Double Layer Drive from I/Omagic Announces New Information Section Devoted To Acacia Research Patents and Litigation
ADS Tech’s Introduces CapWiz 3.5 with New Direct-to-Disc Burning Capabilities

NTI Introduces An Upgraded Dragon Burn

NTI introduces not only made a number of significant enhancements to Dragon Burn with the latest release, we're also making a dynamite offer—only $9.99 (regular $49.99) to upgrade to Dragon Burn 4.0 from the NTI.

We have added: Video Mastering, Picture CD, DVD+R DL (Double Layer) Support, Users can burn to double-layer DVD+R media with a capacity of up to 8.5GB on a single side, Enhanced Dynamic Drive Support (DDS), Designed to eliminate time-consuming software/hardware compatibility issues, Dragon Burn's DDS now supports the widest range of CD and DVD burners, including new higher-speed CD and DVD burners that may not be supported by Apple's own software.

It's all the performance, stability and flexibility that Mac users need to produce video, audio, data, MP3 and Enhanced (audio + data) CDs and DVDs according to their personal preferences.

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AOpen Now Shipping 16X DL DVD±RW Burners

AOpen Inc. is now shipping its new 16X DL (Double-Layer) DVD±RW burners in North America. AOpen is one of the world's first manufacturers to deliver this fast new type of optical drive this year.

The new 16X DL DVD burners from AOpen make it quick and easy to burn movies, video, digital photos, audio, MP3, and other multimedia formats—even data back-ups. The state-of-the-art drive offers a wide range of disc compatibility and serves as a diverse all-in-one DVD/CD writing device with DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, CD-R and CD-RW formats.

The new AOpen DUW1608/ARR 16X DL DVD Burner includes AOpen's Chameleon feature with 3 interchangeable color faceplates; a comprehensive software bundle with a wide variety of applications; optimal writing speed technologies for maximum speeds; auto laser beam adjustment/alignment for accurate reading; super-quiet operation with silent technology features; and limited one-year warranty.

AOpen DUW1608/ARR 16X DL DVD+/-RW burners are shipping now, with a expected price of $129.

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CyberLink Announces AC-3 Audio into Video Rendering Technology

CyberLink Corp. announced that CyberLink Smart Video Rendering Technology (SVRT) II now supports Dolby Digital Audio Coding (AC-3). SVRT II featuring AC-3 technology preserves the original audio quality, making it ideal for consumer electronic devices, such as DVD recorders. The latest development ensures that CyberLink's video rendering technology supports a broader range of the audio formats, including AC-3, MPEG and LPCM.

SVRT II is a proprietary technology from CyberLink that separates audio and video portions of a movie clip and intelligently recognizes which parts have been modified by effects and transitions. The production time can be reduced because SVRT II will only render these altered portions, not the entire video.

SVRT II featuring support for AC-3 will be included in CyberLink PowerProducer 3 and PowerDirector software.

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Synergy Media Group's TouchStand Media Kiosk to Feature CD Burning and Digital Music Downloading Capabilities

Synergy Media Group (SMG) announced that it will provide brick and mortar retailers with in-store digital music downloading and CD burning through new features in its innovative TouchStand Media Kiosk. These new features, available to entertainment retailers in Q4 of this year, represent one component of a complete kiosk solution designed to provide retailers a comprehensive and adaptable tool for increasing sales of stocked, special order and digital products while enriching the shopping experience of their customers.

With TouchStand's new digital downloading and CD burning features, retail consumers will be able to search and preview music, easily build custom digital play lists, and then download them to a portable device, flash drive, or burn them to a CD. Synergy Media Group, currently acquiring content licensing rights from major labels, independent labels and other content aggregators, will be previewing TouchStand's new features at the NARM trade show in San Diego August 21st through 24th.

The company also announced the beginning of two large-scale deployments with Altitunes, the leading airport retailer for CD, DVD, portable electronics and consumer electronics in 28 locations, and Value Music, a 66 store music retail chain. Altitunes will be placing TouchStand Media Kiosks in all of their locations, beginning with Los Angeles/LAX, New York/Grand Central Station, Orlando International, Atlanta/Hartsford, and San Francisco International.

TouchStand Media Kiosks are available today directly from Synergy Media Group. Synergy Media Group currently has over 50 TouchStand Media Kiosks deployed with music retailers including members of the Coalition of Independent Music Stores (CIMS), the Alliance of Independent Music Stores (AIMS), and the Music Monitor Network group of stores.

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Tektronix Introduces High Definition (HD) Rasterizer for Video Broadcasters and Editors

Tektronix, Inc. announced its new WVR7100 Rasterizer for monitoring the quality of high-definition (HD) content to meet the demands of broadcasters and video editors. With the WVR7100 Rasterizer, HD, standard definition (SD), and composite analog signals, as well as digital and analog audio can be all monitored from one instrument.

The new Tektronix WVR7100 is designed with passive loop through inputs, which makes it the industry's only HD Rasterizer that can be installed within the actual signal path, so that the signal being monitored is the signal viewers see. The WVR7100 supports two passive loop-through HD SDI inputs of the prevalent HD formats (720p, 1035i, 1080i, 1080p and 1080sF) at a variety of frame rates. The price of the WVR7100 Rasterizer starts at $11,000.

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New Internal 16X Dual Format Double Layer Drive from I/Omagic

I/OMagic Corporation announced that it will begin shipping its next generation of DVD drives - internal 16X dual format double layer DVD±RW drives - for sale in the North American marketplace in September 2004.

I/OMagic's new Internal 16X DVD±RW dual format double layer drive consolidates DVD rewritable technology into one unit that offers the ability to read and write popular formats—including DVD+R and DVD+R double layer, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-R and CD-RW—and allows users the freedom to choose the DVD or CD format that is most compatible with their personal computers or home DVD players. In addition, I/OMagic's new 16X double layer drive allows storage of up to twice as much data using DVD double layer (DL) media—allowing up to 8.5GB(1) of storage.

I/OMagic's new 16X double layer drive will write at 16X speeds using DVD+R and DVD-R media and at 2.4X speeds using DVD+R double layer (DL) media. The drive also includes both white and black faceplates and software to enable users to create and edit videos, burn DVDs and CDs in various popular formats, and play or view, as well as store, music, photos and movies on either DVDs or CDs. I/OMagic's new 16X Double Layer drive supports Windows XP/2000/Me/98SE operating systems.

I/OMagic anticipates shipping its new 16X Double Layer drive in September 2004 at an introductory suggested retail price of $149.99.

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Acacia Research has sent thousands of letters to enterprise firms, media and entertainment corporations, universities, Internet radio webcasters, wireless carriers, cable providers and streaming media vendors. The letters claim that these companies are infringing on Acacia's Digital Media Transmission (DMT) patents. Until now, there has been no single-source location for these companies to receive the information they need to assist them in making informed business decisions regarding Acacia's letters.

"The round of letters Acacia Research recently sent to colleges and universities is but the latest development in what has become an ongoing challenge to the ability of corporations and content providers who use streaming media technology to do business," says Dan Rayburn, Executive Vice President of Streaming Media, Inc. "Whether you've already been contacted by Acacia Research or merely want to prepare yourself to make the best decision if the company offers you a licensing agreement,'s Acacia Research section provides the most up-to-date, comprehensive collection of news, resources, and expert analysis of the situation."

The section, which can be found at, includes links to breaking news reports, patent details, court documents, contact information for patent lawyers, and other resources individuals may need to assist those who have received infringement letters. It also includes details on how to contact directly for free, up-to-date information.

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ADS Tech’s Introduces CapWiz 3.5 with New Direct-to-Disc Burning Capabilities

ADS Tech announced that CapWiz 3.5 has been enhanced with new direct-to-disc burning capabilities. CapWiz 3.5 is now the only software of its kind that enables users to burn camcorder video or video from a VHS tape directly to a VCD, SVCD, or DVD disc. CapWiz is also one of the few video capture applications that delivers video previews at full-screen, 720x576 broadcast resolution.

Offered exclusively with ADS Tech video editing products, CapWiz 3.5 is now being bundled with new shipments of the company's DVD Xpress, Instant DVD and Instant DVD + DV products. ADS Tech is also offering customers who purchased ADS Tech Instant products with the previous version of CapWiz a free upgrade to Version 3.5, which is downloadable from its web site.

Bundled with CapWiz 3.5, the ADS Tech USB 2.0 Instant DVD product line meets the needs of budget-minded, first-time camcorder users, seasoned professionals, and corporate employees that need to produce their own sales and training videos. DVD Xpress, a hardware-based video capture and MPEG-2 encoder solution, is a basic MPEG 2 analog video transfer device for beginner to intermediate users. The device comes with ADS Tech Capture Wizard 3.5 and Ulead DVD MovieFactory 3 SE software. Suggested retail price is $99.

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