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Streaming Media
August 30, 2005

Table of Contents

Aleratec DVD/CD Disc Repair Plus “Highly Recommended” by Digital Media Net
Abcron Device Safely Stores and Ejects CDs or DVDs from Package
IOGEAR Adds New KVMP Switch
Sorenson Media Will Adopt On2 Technologies’ Compression Codec
FutureVideo Announces Multiple Playback Digital Video Software
Behringer Releases New Line of Amplifiers
New TI DSPs Provide More Performance for Same Cost
Primera Announces Fast, Reliable CD/DVD Tower Duplicator

Aleratec DVD/CD Disc Repair Plus “Highly Recommended” by Digital Media Net

Alera Technologies has announced a distinction for the Aleratec DVD/CD Disc Repair Plus, a repair kit that includes a motorized system with buffing, cleaning, and repair wheels and liquid solutions that aid in the disc restoration processes. Digital Media Net tested the DVD/CD Disc Repair Plus by damaging old DVDs and then running them through this unit. They "highly recommended" the system and assigned it a rating of 9.7 out of ten stars. The complete Digital Media Net review can be viewed at

The DVD/CD Disc Repair Plus is a patented, motorized system that can repair up to 99% of all scratched DVDs, CDs, game discs, VCDs, DVD±Rs, DVD±RWs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, according to Aleratec.

The DVD/CD Disc Repair Plus motorized disc repair kit includes the motorized unit, an AC adapter, a repair kit, a cleaning kit, two extra repair wheels, two extra buffing wheels, a super buffing tool, repair and cleaning solutions, and an anti-static cleaning cloth. Everything is included for 30 super repair cycles (for deep scratches) and 50 regular repair cycles (for minor scratches).

To operate the device, users open the lid, put three drops of solution on the wheel, insert the scratched or dirty disc, and press "Repair."

The DVD/CD Disc Repair Plus has an estimated retail price of $39.99. Disc Repair Plus, Repair (Aleratec Part # 240123), Cleaning (Aleratec Part # 240124), and Buffer (Aleratec Part # 240125) Refill Kits are available.

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Abcron Device Safely Stores and Ejects CDs or DVDs from Package

Abcron Corporation has announced the PlayO Ejector optical disc protector. Designed for long-term disc storage, the Ejector safely suspends the disc in a protective polypropylene case with a trigger mechanism that easily removes the disc for use.

The ergonomically designed Ejector slim CD/DVD case is intended for users who need media packaging that can stand up to rigorous day-to-day use and provide quick and easy disc access, according to Abcron. In addition, the Ejector case is suited for those with arthritis or other debilitating conditions that may make it difficult to extract a disc. By pressing the Ejector trigger, the disc is ejected halfway out of the protector, making it easily accessible for use.

The internationally patented disc case is lightweight and resistant to damage. Stick-on labels can easily be applied to the exterior of the case, or a printed disc can be viewed through the transparent case for easy identification. Although the case is designed to have a long life, once its usefulness is over, it is 100% recyclable.

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IOGEAR Adds New KVMP Switch

Consumers are now able to create and run a network of three or more computers from a single keyboard, mouse, and monitor at accelerated USB 2 transfer speeds with IOGEAR's new USB 2 MiniView Symphony Multi-Function KVMP Switch.

The product includes a built-in Ethernet 10/100 switch, which allows computers to network and share Internet connections. Users can connect up to three workstations to a two-port--and five to a four-port--KVMP switch, enabling communication between multiple computers. The audio ports on the product allow consumers to connect one set of speakers and a microphone and share them among all units. The USB 2 ports provide data transfer speeds of up to 480Mbps, according to IOGEAR.

In addition, users can alternate between various systems without interrupting audio or peripherals plugged into the USB 2 ports with the product's independent switching feature. For example, a user can initiate a music or movie file download on one computer and shift to another system without interrupting the file download.

IOGEAR's MiniView Symphony KVMP Switch is priced at $249.95 (two-port) and $349.95 (four-port) and is available immediately from major catalog resellers, online resellers, and selected retail outlets. The product comes with IOGEAR's standard three-year warranty.

The MiniView Symphony KVMP Switch is hot pluggable, fully compliant with USB 2 specifications, and compatible with PC, Mac, and Sun operating platforms.

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Sorenson Media Will Adopt On2 Technologies’ Compression Codec

On2 Technologies has announced that Sorenson Media has chosen On2's VP6 compression technology for integration in Sorenson Media's newly announced Squeeze 4.2 Compression Suite for Windows and Sorenson Squeeze 4.2 for Macromedia Flash for Windows--the newest update to its video encoding and compression applications for digital video professionals and enthusiasts. Both programs will enable users to encode video with for play out in the new Flash Player 8 format. These new versions of Sorenson Squeeze will be available this fall.

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FutureVideo Announces Multiple Playback Digital Video Software

Device control pioneer FutureVideo Products, Inc. has unveiled Multi-View, a new digital video playback and synchronizing software solution. Multi-View provides simultaneous playback and synchronization of pre-recorded digital video media on a Windows 2000/XP-based PC platform.

Up to 24 digital video windows can be played back together and re-synchronized at any designated time. Multiple digital media formats are supported including uncompressed AVI, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and others--when appropriate decoders are installed. In addition, each window may be re-sized, cropped, and positioned anywhere within the workspace.

An event log can be created for each video to mark specific interest points within the content. Continuous video playback between user-settable In and Out points is possible. Multi-View can be used for video post-production, aerospace, military intelligence, security/surveillance, geophysical, law enforcement, legal, medical, process control, and sports applications.

Multi-View is also compatible with FutureVideo's Media Commander MC-20PRO which can map all the application's shortcut keys into a convenient ergonomic control surface that includes jog and shuttle functions. By adding FutureVideo's Media Commander 100 modules, tape and disk media can also be directly controlled in a network of up to 16 VCRs and DVD players.

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Behringer Releases New Line of Amplifiers

Behringer has announced the immediate availability of three new compact, 15-watt amplifiers: ULTRACOUSTIC AT108, a 2-channel acoustic instrument amplifier; ULTRABASS BT108, a bass amplifier; and ULTRATONE KT108, a 2-channel keyboard amplifier.

The ULTRACOUSTIC AT108 is equipped with a 20-watt, 8" dual-cone speaker for wide frequency response. Its additional microphone input allows separate volume control. The ULTRABASS BT108 comes with a 20-watt, 8" speaker, and a dedicated 4-band EQ for sound shaping. The ULTRATONE KT108 is equipped with a 20-watt, 8" dual-cone speaker for wide frequency response and offers two instrument inputs to allow separate volume control for each channel.

All three amplifiers include VTC Virtual Tube Circuitry, a CD input, and a separate headphone output.

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New TI DSPs Provide More Performance for Same Cost

Texas Instruments has introduced the next generation in its Aureus family of audio digital signal processors (DSPs) for applications requiring multi-channel decoding, including AV and DVD receivers, home theater-in-a-box systems (HTIBs), set-top boxes, high-definition televisions (HDTV), and automotive navigation/multimedia systems. These devices are also suitable for applications requiring audio decoding and simultaneous high-speed encoding, such as DVD recorders, home music servers, and automotive jukeboxes.

The 300 MHz TMS320DA710 and 250 MHz TMS320DA708 include a 50 percent performance improvement at the same price point as the previous generation of Aureus products. For example, a complete 7.1 system, including AC3 or DTS decoding, Dolby ProLogic IIx or NEO:6 matrix decoding, bass management, and delay, takes only 22 percent of the available performance of a DA710 processor, according to TI.

Architectural enhancements specifically designed for audio processing enable efficient use of the headroom available on DA7xx devices, according to TI. An audio-optimized Dual Data Movement Accelerator (DMAX) performs non-sequential external memory access and circular buffer management. Additionally, TI increased the amount of parallel processing.

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Primera Announces Fast, Reliable CD/DVD Tower Duplicator

Primera Technology, Inc. has announced its DUP-07 CD/DVD Tower Duplicator. The DUP-07 is a one-to-seven (1:7) tower-style duplicator for CDs and DVDs. From a master disc, it produces up to seven copies at a time of CDs and DVDs in just minutes, with no PC connection required.

Source material can include audio, video, data, documents, presentations and much more. The CD/DVD recordable drives utilized in the DUP-07 are premium-quality Plextor drives that deliver high-quality recordings at optimum speeds using CD-R, DVD-R, DVD+R and DVD-R Dual-Layer media. An 80GB hard drive is included for storage of files that need to be duplicated more than one time.

Manufacturer's Suggested List Price for the DUP-07 in the USA and Canada is US$1,695.

Until September 30, 2005, the DUP-07 is being offered in promotional bundles with Primera's CD/DVD printers at reduced prices. The bundles include everything needed for a complete "burn and print" solution. For more information, visit

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