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January 07, 2003

Table of Contents

Ulead DVD MovieFactory 2.0 Now Available
SONICblue Introduces Networked DVD Player
DVD Market to Thrive as Players Are Added to More CE Products
Sonic Solutions Completes Acquisition of VERITAS' Desktop and Mobile Division
Broderbund Ships NTI CD-Maker 6 Platinum
NVIDIA Cg Compiler Paves the Way for Cinematic Computing
VBrick Systems Launches New StreamPlayer Product Suite
ViewSonic NextVision N6 Transforms Displays into HDTV and Digital Entertainment Displays

Ulead DVD MovieFactory 2.0 Now Available

Ulead Systems, Inc., a leading developer of video editing, image editing and DVD creation software, has announced the availability of Ulead DVD MovieFactory 2.0, Ulead's popular, consumer-level DVD creation software. DVD MovieFactory 2.0 gives home and office users an affordable and intuitive tool for sharing high-quality videos and digital image slideshows on DVDs and CDs. Users can create interactive scene selection menus with ready-to-go templates that are customizable, while adding music, text, and captions to liven-up DVD presentations. The software's new "on-disc" editing and "Disc-direct" capture technology make it easy for anyone to quickly transfer videos and photos onto a professional-looking DVD with the flexibility to re-edit +RW and -RW DVD discs even after they are burned. Ulead DVD MovieFactory 2.0 is now available for download from Ulead's Web site at www.ulead.com for $44.95 with the download upgrade version available for $34.95. The software will be available in North American retail stores and catalogs starting in January 2003 for $49.95 for the box edition and $39.95 for the box edition upgrade.

(http://www.ulead.com)

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SONICblue Introduces Networked DVD Player

SONICblue has introduced its networked DVD player, the Go-Video D2730. Besides top quality, standard DVD playback, the D-2730 brings all the pictures, music and video clips stored on your computer onto your TV. The user-friendly PC software included makes set up incredibly simple, and TV viewing is as easy as pressing a button on the DVD remote control. The product is so exciting that the Consumer Electronic Association (CEA) recently selected it as a 2003 Innovation Award winner. The Go-Video D2730 is the first player of its kind to have the capability to stream MPEG2 video files through a wireless network from a computer to a consumer electronics component. The D2730 works with either a PCMCIA Ethernet Adapter (included) or an optional PCMCIA 802.11b Wireless Network Card and can stream MPEG1 and MPEG2 video files that are compressed at bitrates up to 3 Mbps. The Networked DVD Player can also stream audio files in both WMA and MP3 format and JPEG image files. The image files can be displayed by predetermined photo albums that the user can easily set up. The MP3 audio files can also be displayed by the Title, Artist, and Genre, using ID3 tag support. The Go-Video D2730 also incorporates an easy to navigate, intuitive user interface that makes accessing and playing of remote media files easy. Users simply load the included software onto their home computer, which then acts as a server. From the user interface on the television, users can then search for available entertainment content on the computer's hard drive and select audio and video files to stream to the DVD player with the touch of a button on the remote control. The Go-Video D2730 combines a slim-line design and high-end styling to give consumers a player that incorporates all the features and functions of an advanced DVD player, in half the space of a traditional A/V component. In addition to its streaming capabilities, the Go-Video D2730 comes with many advanced DVD features including a Progressive Scan output that provides enhanced quality picture and a built in Dolby Digital decoder giving consumers flexibility in their surround sound applications. The D2730 allows users to play DVDs, Video CDs, Music CDs, HDCDs, Kodak Picture CDs, and MP3 files on CD-R and CD-RW. The D2730 also comes equipped with Composite, Component, and S-Video outputs giving users the highest video quality and Coaxial and Optical Digital Audio Outputs.

(http://www.sonicblue.com)

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DVD Market to Thrive as Players Are Added to More CE Products

With DVD playback being combined with an increasing number of consumer electronics products, DVD is everywhere, according to In-Stat/MDR.  The high-tech market research firm reports that, in addition to TV sets, VCRs, cars, and Home Theater systems, in 2002, DVD players have been added to cable set top boxes and personal video recorders.  As a result the DVD player market will hit 84 million units in 2006. "DVD Player shipments have increased again in 2002, growing by 61%," says Michelle Abraham, a Senior Analyst with In-Stat/MDR.  "The increased form factors and low prices are keeping interest in purchasing DVD players up, though the DVD player market is maturing and the worldwide shipment growth rate is slowing down."  In 2005 and 2006, DVD recorders will be purchased in place of DVD players, reaching 32 million units in 2006.

In-Stat/MDR has also found that:

o Though growth is slowing in the US, it will still be the largest  region in unit shipments through 2004.  The growth rate in Europe will be higher than that of North America through 2005.  Europe has been one year behind the US, in terms of the market's unit shipment growth rate.  China's domestic market will surpass that of the US in unit shipments in 2006.
o The first blue laser DVD products are expected in late 2003, but their high prices will put them out of reach for most consumers.
o As more manufacturers move to produce DVD recorders, pricing will drop  to under $400 by the end of 2003, possibly under $300 with fierce competition.  At less than $300, more consumers will purchase DVD recorders.
o DVD recorders will ship over one million units in 2002, which is just  the beginning as the market will experience triple-digit unit shipment growth rates through 2005.

The report, "DVD, DVD Everywhere and Not an Opportunity to Miss" (#IN020044ME), offers forecasts for DVD+VCR and DVD Home Theater Systems. Five-year forecasts and market trends are also provided for portable DVD, automotive DVD, DVD-Audio, SACD, DVD players, and DVD recorders.  In-Stat/MDR includes a discussion of DVD components, their suppliers, and five-year bill of materials forecasts for DVD players and DVD recorders.  

(http://www.instat.com)

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Sonic Solutions Completes Acquisition of VERITAS' Desktop and Mobile Division

Sonic Solutions, a leader in DVD creation software, announced today that it has successfully completed its acquisition of the Desktop and Mobile Division ("DMD") of VERITAS Software Corporation. The addition of DMD's CD and DVD-ROM applications enables Sonic to offer its OEM customers the broadest DVD product line with Audio CD/ DVD-ROM, PC Backup, Video CD and DVD-Video. Based in Marin County, California, Sonic (http://www.sonic.com) is the world's leading manufacturer of solutions for DVD creation. Sonic MyDVD(R) (http://www.mydvd.com) is the first DVD authoring application for consumers, and is the leading DVD solution among DVD recorder and PC manufacturers. Sonic DVDit!(R) (http://www.dvdit.com) is the leading DVD authoring application for videographers and corporate video producers; more than two million copies of MyDVD and DVDit! have been shipped. With its high-performance MPEG decoding engine and support for Microsoft DirectX, Sonic CinePlayer provides the highest-quality video and audio playback of DVDs or Video CDs. Sonic DVD Creator, Sonic Scenarist, Sonic ReelDVD and Sonic DVD Producer are the most widely used systems for professional DVD publishing, and are installed worldwide at major studios, post production facilities and in corporate marketing departments. Sonic's AuthorScript(R) engine for DVD formatting and burning is licensed by leading software developers including Adobe, Microsoft and Sony. Sonic is a full voting member of the DVD Forum, the standards-setting body for the DVD format.

(http://www.sonic.com)

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Broderbund Ships NTI CD-Maker 6 Platinum

Riverdeep, Inc., has announced the release of NTI CD-Maker 6 Platinum, marketed under the Broderbund brand under a license from software developer NTI (NewTech Infosystems, Inc.). This latest addition to the company's home productivity and digital media line of software provides a reliable, fast and easy CD and DVD burning product for a variety of file types including audio, data, photo, video and super video. This powerful program also allows users to archive important data, share special photos and videos and create music CDs -- perfect for storing data files, organizing digital photos, creating a video library or enhancing a music collection. NTI CD-Maker's award-winning burning technology delivers powerful features including MP3 and MPEG-1 encoding, VCD and SVCD menu creation and burning and slide shows with audio. Users can customize songs with the WAV editor or record live audio to CD in real-time. The graphical interface with step-by-step instructions makes burning as easy as drag and drop. After burning, custom labels and jewel case inserts can be created for a professional-looking package. This new Windows-based version is available for a suggested retail price of $69.99.

(http://www.broderbund.com)

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NVIDIA Cg Compiler Paves the Way for Cinematic Computing

NVIDIA Corporation, a leader in visual processing solutions, has announced the availability of the NVIDIA Cg Compiler version 1.0. The NVIDIA Cg Compiler is designed to generate real-time shaders from the high level shading language syntax developed by NVIDIA. The Cg Compiler version 1.0 is compatible with Microsoft DirectX(R) 9.0, released earlier today. NVIDIA's Cg Compiler generates code for both DirectX and OpenGL(R) platforms and is compatible with any graphics processing unit (GPU) that is OpenGL 1.4 (or higher) or DirectX 8.0 (or higher) compliant.  A critical companion to NVIDIA's recently announced GeForce(TM) FX GPU family, the Cg language is a C-like high level graphics programming language that, when combined with a modern GPU such as NVIDIA's GeForce(TM) FX, allows 3D content developers to create cinematic-caliber, real-time worlds and characters. The combination of a simple-to-use programming language and the cinematic computing platform will allow developers to create real-time graphics content that is similar to film quality rendering. The NVIDIA Cg Compiler and other elements of the Cg programming environment, including the open source code, are available today for free at http://developer.nvidia.com/ and www.cgshaders.org .

(http://developer.nvidia.com)

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VBrick Systems Launches New StreamPlayer Product Suite

VBrick Systems, Inc., a leader in low-cost, DVD-quality video networking appliances and systems, has announced the immediate availability of a new StreamPlayer product suite. StreamPlayer software, which allows desktop users anywhere on the network to view high quality MPEG streams from VBrick appliances, is available in two versions - StreamPlayer, a free viewing-only component that displays live full screen MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 video in a web page, and StreamPlayer Plus, which is a desktop application and provides live and stored video viewing, as well as recording and clip editing of MPEG streams. The enhanced StreamPlayer offering provides organizations with the ability to stream real-time and stored events to the desktop, in order to provide training to employees, distribute live news to any PC, and save training sessions and lectures for later viewing. Used across a wide range of applications, StreamPlayer helps enterprises increase productivity, enhance learning and improve security and monitoring systems. Importantly, StreamPlayer software supports closed captioning, a vital element for financial services applications and for enterprises, governmental agencies, and schools in their drive to comply with federal and state disability laws (SECTION 508). The enhanced product decreases latency to less than one second, providing virtually instantaneous viewings of live streaming video and improved camera control.

(http://www.vbrick.com)

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ViewSonic NextVision N6 Transforms Displays into HDTV and Digital Entertainment Displays

ViewSonic Corp., a worldwide Visual Technologies leader, has announced the shipment of its NextVision N6 high definition video processors. The N6 enables consumers to maximize the performance of their display products through the use of multiple forms of digital entertainment, including high definition TV (HDTV). At an estimated street price of $399, the N6 is available for about half the cost of many competitive video processing solutions, providing a more affordable option to consumers who value high-quality TV and digital entertainment for their high-resolution computer display, projector, or plasma screen. With the N6, displays that support up to 1280x1024 resolution can become HDTV and digital television (DTV) monitors through component video input connections (YPbPr). A 3D comb filter supports both EDTV and HDTV resolution formats, including 480P, 720P and 1080i, and provides sharp, crisp images for optimum picture detail. Full-screen viewing and picture-in-picture (PIP) capabilities are available, making it possible for video or TV content to be displayed over data screens when connected to a PC. Multiview or picture-on-picture (POP) is provided, giving users the option of creating up to nine picture windows on the screen for simultaneous viewing of multiple TV channels.

(http://www.viewsonic.com)

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