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December 03, 2002

Table of Contents

DVD Forum Releases Statement on HD Format Consideration
Sorenson Media Releases Three New Versions of Squeeze 3
NEC's AX10 Home Audio/Video Server to Use Sigma's MPEG Decoder Chips
ATI Announces New ALL-IN-WONDER VE PCI-Based Multimedia Video Card
Roxio Closes Purchase of Napster
New DVD Player Receives Digital Media Directly from The Internet
TEAC America Introduces 16X DVD-ROM and 52X CD-R
ProCoder 1.2 Now Supports Sony's NSP-100 Network Storage Player

DVD Forum Releases Statement on HD Format Consideration

The DVD Forum has reported the status of its consideration of optical disc formats utilizing blue laser diodes and released the following statement: In June 2002, the Steering Committee of the DVD Forum formed two Subgroups of the Forum's standing Working Group 11 "to study and promote the best technical approach based on" 0.6mm and 0.1mm technologies respectively for blue laser optical disc applications. At the same time, the Steering Committee also formed a Subcommittee to work with the Blu-ray Disc Founders toward reaching an agreement to work together on a common format. The first of the two Subgroups was formed in June, and is now studying 0.6mm technology. To date, no 0.1mm technology has been proposed to the DVD Forum. The DVD Forum has so far made no decision to adopt or reject any proposed format (either 0.1mm or 0.6mm) for blue laser optical disc appli cations.

(http://www.dvdforum.org)

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Sorenson Media Releases Three New Versions of Squeeze 3

Sorenson Media, a leading provider of high-quality video compression software and delivery services, has announced three new versions of Sorenson Squeeze, the company's award-winning video compression software: the Sorenson Squeeze 3 Compression Suite, Sorenson Squeeze 3 for Macromedia Flash MX, and Sorenson Squeeze 3 for MPEG-4. Sorenson Squeeze is designed to meet the needs of both novice and professional content creators who want to encode and deliver video for the Web, CD, or devices. The Sorenson Squeeze 3 Compression Suite provides a single interface to process and encode video for Web and CD delivery. It is designed to integrate seamlessly into the video editing and multimedia production workflow, speeding up the encoding process while outputting the highest quality video in all popular delivery formats. Sorenson Squeeze 3 for Macromedia Flash MX is the ultimate tool for Flash developers and designers to easily create rich Flash video content and applications. Sorenson Squeeze 3 for MPEG-4, built on the foundation of the MPEG-4 standard, brings new levels of video quality for Internet, Intranet, and embedded applications. Sorenson Squeeze 3 for MPEG-4 is available as either a single application or included in the Sorenson Squeeze 3 Compression Suite. Both Sorenson Squeeze 3 products (Windows and Macintosh) are expected to ship in the first quarter of 2003. The estimated street price for Sorenson Squeeze 3 for MPEG-4 is $199. The estimated street price for the Sorenson Squeeze 3 Compression Suite is U.S. $449. Upgrade pricing is available for current users of Sorenson Media products.

(http://www.sorenson.com)

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NEC's AX10 Home Audio/Video Server to Use Sigma's MPEG Decoder Chips

Sigma Designs, a leader in IP video streaming solutions, has announced that NEC Corporation has selected Sigma's EM8470 MPEG decoder for incorporation into its new AX10 Home Audio/Video Server. The AX10 was introduced by NEC last month as part of its new fall line-up of consumer multimedia products for the Japan market. NEC's AX10 is designed to function as an entertainment server in the home, accepting terrestrial broadcast signals that can be recorded, stored on a local hard drive and played back on either televisions or PC monitors. By using a large internal hard drive, the AX10 can support lengthy time recordings without the use of videotape, as well as allowing recorded information to be checked without actually viewing the program. In addition to user initiated recording, the unit can access the electronic program guide information for designating future programs to be recorded. The AX10 currently supports recording and playback of MPEG-2 video and MPEG-1 layer 2 audio. Sigma's EM8470, a featured hardware component in NEC's new product-line, supports video playback on the television and is envisioned for use with a broad range of video applications. The new EM8470 series, based on the company's award-winning REALmagic Video Streaming Technology, is the industry's first decoder chip to support MPEG-4 with full DVD resolution (720x576) as well as hardware DVD playback and streaming video based on ISMA or custom RTSP clients. The EM8470 provides a highly integrated solution for decoding of MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4 video content, Dolby(R) Digital, MPEG-1 Layers 1 and 2, AAC and CELP audio content, as well as complete output formatting for TV display.

(http://www.nec.com)

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ATI Announces New ALL-IN-WONDER VE PCI-Based Multimedia Video Card

ATI Technologies Inc. has announced that the new ALL-IN-WONDER VE is now shipping to retail outlets across North America. Available for USD$129.00, the ALL-IN-WONDER VE is designed to complement the $449 ALL-IN-WONDER 9700 PRO, the $199 ALL-IN-WONDER RADEON 8500DV, and the 149 ALL-IN-WONDER RADEON 7500. ALL-IN-WONDER VE provides the following features: ATI's MULTIMEDIA CENTER 7.9 multi-format video capture and playback software; a 125-channel stereo TV-tuner; an Enhanced TV-ON-DEMAND(TM) PVR for instant replays, pausing live TV, or recording live broadcasts for later viewing; Gemstar's GuidePlus+, an intelligent free integrated program guide (North America-only) that allows user to view and search TV listing by category, actor/performer, or date; Pinnacle Studio 8 (ATI Version) for analog and digital video capture, consumer video editing, and DVD creation; ATI's THEATER(TM) 200 for exceptional video and stereo audio quality viewing during live TV and video input and capture. all based on technologies from ATI's digital television research and development; 64MB DDR (double date rate) memory for 3D graphics and gaming; Security/monitoring camera functionality (using attached separate camera); Video output to NTSC/PAL TV or VCR as an independent display within Windows; Support for the ATI's REMOTE WONDER (sold separately); ATI customer support and a 3-year limited warranty. ALL-IN-WONDER 9700 PRO supports Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Me, and Windows 98/98 SE.

(http://www.ati.com)

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Roxio Closes Purchase of Napster

Roxio, Inc. has announced the successful acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Napster, Inc. Roxio has received as part of the transaction all of Napster's intellectual property including but not limited to the name, trademarks, domain name, and their extensive technology portfolio.  Roxio is not assuming any of Napster's pending liabilities or litigation. The company will be announcing its plan for the development of Napster in the coming months.

(http://www.roxio.com)

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New DVD Player Receives Digital Media Directly from The Internet

KiSS Technology, a leading Scandinavian manufacturer of DVD products throughout the world, has announced the DP500, the first DVD player to offer an Ethernet connection and DivX support. The DP500 is the second in a series of new DVD players from KiSS, based on a strategic relationship with Sigma Designs, using their EM8500 progressive DVD decoder chip. The first OEM version of the DP500 will be delivered to TDC Tele Danmark in Denmark and will be sold starting today under the WEBTECH DP500 brand name. TDC is the largest telecommunication company in Denmark with more than 3.4 million customers and broadband ADSL coverage approaching 95 percent of all Danish households. The DP500 introduces a series of new features including playback of videos encoded in DivX versions 4 and 5, and a new Ethernet 10/100 connection. The Ethernet connection will soon be used for a range of new functions, including Internet radio and PC connectivity for music files, pictures, and video material. In addition to DivX compatibility, the DP500 offers progressive scan technology, MPEG-4 support, MP3 playback, an advanced user interface, and a photo album feature for digital photo collections. The DP500 comes complete with the standard CD/MP3, CD-R/RW, SVCD, VCD, and DVD-R/RW playback offered by its predecessor, the DP-330.

(http://www.kiss-technology.com)

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TEAC America Introduces 16X DVD-ROM and 52X CD-R

TEAC, a premier manufacturer of CD-ROM, CD-RW, and DVD-ROM storage technology, recently announced the DV-516E, a 16X IDE ATAPI DVD-ROM drive, and the CD-W552E, a 52X CD recorder. TEAC's DV-516E DVD-ROM drive reads most major DVD formats including single and dual-layer DVD-Videos and all standard CD formats. As a DVD-ROM player, the DV-516E supplies an even stream of data thanks to its 21.6MB (16X) per second DVD transfer rate. As a CD-ROM player, it delivers 48X max performance, an 85ms average access time, and a 40X Digital Audio Extraction (DAE) speed. The DV-516E supports both standard 12cm and mini 8cm discs and the unit's Constant Angular Velocity (CAV) capabilities optimize the drive's throughput and reliability by rotating the disc at a consistent speed. The CD-W552E, the company's newest internal ATAPI CD-R/RW drive, offers 52X CD-R recording, 24X CD-RW, and 52X CD-ROM playback. The CD-W552E uses advanced buffer underrun prevention technology for enhanced reliability, delivers a 100ms average access time, and is available as either a bare drive or in a retail kit.  In addition to the drive, the retail kit includes Roxio's Easy CD Creator 5, for audio and data recording, MusicMatch JukeBox for MP3 ripping and burning, and PhotoImpression for digital image editing.  The drive in each kit is available with either a white or black bezel and is compatible with Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP.

(http://www.teac.com)

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ProCoder 1.2 Now Supports Sony's NSP-100 Network Storage Player

Canopus Corporation, makers of award-winning digital video editing and transcoding products, has announced that its versatile ProCoder software transcoding tool now supports Sony's NSP- 100 Network Storage Player. Featuring Canopus's DV codec and MPEG technologies, ProCoder 1.2 supports virtually all popular video formats for use with the Network Storage Player in the United States, according to Canopus. Sony Electronics will market ProCoder as an optional add-on solution available through Sony and its authorized resellers. ProCoder 1.2 is a Windows-based, standalone transcoding software tool that supports virtually all popular video formats--including MPEG-1, MPEG-2, Windows Media, RealVideo, Apple QuickTime, Microsoft DirectShow, Microsoft Video for Windows, Microsoft DV and Canopus DV--and features Canopus' acclaimed DV codec and MPEG technologies. ProCoder is targeted at video, DVD production, and Internet content creation professionals for use in entertainment, business, government and education. Designed for speed and flexibility, ProCoder is a transcoding software tool for video professionals who encounter multiple video formats on a regular basis. ProCoder features Canopus's Scalable Technology Architecture to take full advantage of the computer's processing power--including multiple processors--to deliver the maximum transcoding speed possible.

(http://www.canopus.com)

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