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Streaming Media
December 16, 2005

Table of Contents

InterVideo Launches New Mobile Device-centric Version of DVD Copy 4
Advanced Media Introduces USB Flash Drive / Laser Pointer Combo
Command Audio and Sony Settle PVR Patent Infringement Suit
TDK Starts Shipping ''Bare'' Type Mass-Production Blu-ray Disc Samples
InterVideo, Ulead Demonstrate WinDVD HD Playback, HD Authoring
Sonic AuthorScript Selected by Pure Digital for Use in New One-Time-Use Digital Video Camcorder Platform
SoundToys Plug-ins Support Pro Tools 7
TI Introduces Family of Programmable Analog Video Signal Processors

InterVideo Launches New Mobile Device-centric Version of DVD Copy 4

InterVideo Inc. has announced InterVideo DVD Copy 4 Platinum H.264 Edition, a new version of its award-winning, three-step copy software for creating identical duplicates of unencrypted video, music , photo and data files. New with the H.264 edition is an increased emphasis on enabling users to convert existing video content to new resolutions and aspect ratios that provide more playback options on handheld and set top platforms.

In addition to including full support for DivX® 6 digital video technology and the advanced interactive features of the DivX Media Format, InterVideo has enhanced DVD Copy 4 with advanced H.264 file output for high- quality playback on an Apple iPod and Sony PSP. It also includes 3GPP/3GPP2 support for output of video files for SD or TransFlash cards on 3G mobile phones. InterVideo adds these new capabilities while maintaining the features that have made DVD Copy so popular, including the ability to backup movies and video clips, copy from virtually any source (including the Internet), and merge titles from several different DVDs/VCDs onto a single disc. Consistently rated one of the easiest and most comprehensive copy and DVD burning applications, DVD Copy offers all of the video duplication, conversion and reproduction tools users need with a single solution.

To deliver video in the leading mobile formats without noticeably affecting viewing quality, DVD Copy 4 Platinum H.264 Edition includes:
· H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Support - Movie enthusiasts can now copy their favorite video clips to Sony memory sticks and playback in the popular Sony PSP video console at the highest quality. In addition, users can also save their video clips with H.264 output for iPods so they can also take their movies on the go. With the new H.264 file output support, users can now save more disc space compared to half the original file size of MPEG-2. This advanced format will also apply to HD-DVD and Blu-ray discs.
· DivX 6 and the DivX Media Format - DVD Copy 4 users can now create DivX media files with all the advanced features of the DivX Media Format including interactive menus, multiple subtitles and alternate audio tracks for a complete DVD-like home entertainment experience.
· MPEG-4 Support - With MPEG-4 support, DVD Copy 4 customers are no longer limited to the pre-formatted videos for the new iPod. Now they can expand their video viewing options by converting their existing content to the new iPod's native format
· 3GPP/3GPP2 Support - With support for the new standard for digital video media across 3G broadband mobile networks such as Verizon VCast and Cingular Broadband Connect, DVD Copy -more- 4 can now be used to convert movies, save them on your phone's external memory card, and play them anytime you want on the phone's built-in player.
· Virtual Drive and Disctool Support - Users can now mount DVD images on their HDD, which can be especially good for long road trips to watch their movies. Disc Tool allows user to copy audio CDs, data discs, and copy image files onto discs. By combining these features with DVD Copy 4's support for Internet Copy and Burn DVD-Video to Disc Image features, consumers have even more video playback options. They can download unencrypted videos from the Internet and either burn them direct to disc or copy it as a disc image and then save it to their PC for converting to one of the mobile-friendly formats.

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Advanced Media Introduces USB Flash Drive / Laser Pointer Combo

Advanced Media, Inc., manufacturer and marketer of the popular RIDATA brand of recordable CD and DVD media, electronic storage products, and digital media accessories, is adding yet another product to its lineup of electronic storage media. Its new high-speed RIDATA Laser Pointer USB Drive features a USB 2.0 flash drive with a laser pointer. It is set to be shown at the upcoming 2006 International CES show.

The versatile USB drive also features four new useful functions:
Auto Login: This is a convenient application that automatically enters IDs and passwords from a database created on the USB Drive to Web sites. With Auto Login, users can carry all IDs and Passwords on the USB Drive.
Bookmarks: This feature saves the user's own Web bookmarks to the device, allowing easy access to them from whatever computer that is connected to the device.
FLASH Mail: A small Email software program, that allows users to access email from the USB Drive.
Secret ZIP: Creates a Secret folder and a Zip folder. This allows users to zip a file by simply dragging the file to the ZIP folder, or a encrypted Zip file by dragging into Secret Folder.

The RIDATA Laser Pointer USB Drve is available in 128MB, 256MB, 512MB , and1GB capacity sizes. It has an MSRP of $69.99 based on 512MB capacity.

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Command Audio and Sony Settle PVR Patent Infringement Suit

Command Audio Corp., a leader in the development of broadcast on-demand media technology, has announced that its patent infringement suit in the U.S. against Sony Electronics Inc. has been settled. Under terms of a confidential license agreement, Sony has made a financial settlement and has taken a royalty-bearing license to use Command Audio's patented technology in such products as personal video recorders (PVRs) and personal computers with PVR functionality. The worldwide agreement runs for the life of Command Audio's core PVR patents.

Command Audio previously has licensed its patents and technology to industry leaders in the consumer and automotive electronics fields, including Motorola, XM Satellite Radio, and iBiquity Digital Radio. However, Sony is Command Audio's first licensee in the burgeoning PVR field, where leading independent industry analysts estimate that more than 30 million units have shipped to date and forecast more than 35% annual growth for the next five years.

Command Audio filed suit against Sony in February 2002, charging that the company had infringed two of Command Audio's patents (U.S. Patent Numbers 6,330,334 and 5,590,195, both based on an application originally filed in 1993). The patents broadly cover the audio elements of PVR functionality and, specifically, the audio contained in broadcast television programs. The patents predate the development of the first PVR product by several years. Command Audio pioneered the development of on-demand interactive audio. The Company owns and licenses a portfolio of U.S. and foreign patents covering the transmission, storage, navigation and consumer playback of the audio elements of broadcast media. These capabilities are incorporated in a variety of consumer and automotive electronic devices and in the services that transmit content to them. Some of the best-known products incorporating Command Audio's technology are personal video recorders (PVRs) and radios with record functionality.

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TDK Starts Shipping ''Bare'' Type Mass-Production Blu-ray Disc Samples

TDK has announced that is has commenced shipping mass-production samples of its bare-type (cartridge-less) BD-R (write-once type) and BD-RE (rewritable type) Blu-ray Discs.

The four new products include:
-- BD-R25 (write once, single-side, single-layer, 25GB)
-- BD-R50 (write once, single-side, dual-layer, 50GB)
-- BD-RE25 (rewritable, single-side, single-layer, 25GB)
-- BD-RE50 (rewritable, single-side, dual-layer, 50GB)

To ensure the new discs will be resistant to scratches and dirt even without external cartridges, they will be coated with TDK's new DURABIS 2 hard coating. DURABIS 2 technology has been specifically formulated for Blu-ray Discs. Mass production at TDK's Chikumagawa Techno Factory, which specializes in optical discs, will commence upon issue of licensing for the bare disc.

The main features of BD-R and BD-RE Blu-ray Discs include:
1. DURABIS 2 coating provides significantly greater resistance to scratches and dirt (particularly fingerprint smudges), ensuring safe use even without a cartridge.
2. Unique high-precision spin coating creates a supremely flat cover layer, resulting in highly stabilised recording and playback.
3. The BD-R disc utilises a recording layer of an inorganic material which is unaffected by exposure to light, thus offering outstanding archivability.
4. The BD-RE disc utilises a highly sensitive phase-change dye in the recording layer that realises stabilised characteristics even after as many as 10,000 rewrites.
5. High-precision stacking technology precisely overlays disc layers, delivering stabilised characteristics on both the upper and lower recording layers in a single-sided, dual-layer (50GB) disc.

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InterVideo, Ulead Demonstrate WinDVD HD Playback, HD Authoring

InterVideo, Inc., a leader in digital media software technology and PC/CE convergence; and its partner Ulead Systems, Inc., an industry leader in video, image and DVD software, demonstrated VC1 decoding and content navigation from a HD DVD sample drive and disc provided by NEC at the HD DVD Promotion Group Seminar.

During the seminar presentation company officials demonstrated the performance of InterVideo's WinDVD HD interactive content playback as well as new features and capabilities for Ulead's DVD MovieFactory content authoring and production software. HD DVDPG attendees were shown examples of how the products could be incorporated into barebone systems, TV tuners and bundled with notebook computers to deliver rich interactive high-definition video content production and playback.

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Sonic AuthorScript Selected by Pure Digital for Use in New One-Time-Use Digital Video Camcorder Platform

Sonic Solutions, a leader in digital media software, today announced that its AuthorScript Video DVD creation engine has been selected by Pure Digital Technologies, Inc., for use in its new one-time-use digital video camcorder platform. The new, affordable digital video camcorders, developed by Pure Digital Technologies and marketed under individual retail store brands, are currently available at more than 6,000 CVS/pharmacy and Rite Aid stores nationwide, with additional expansion expected with other major U.S. retail chains.

The sub-$30, five-ounce pocket-sized Pure Digital Technologies one-time-use digital video camcorders record up to 20 minutes of digital video on internal memory. They offer consumers an easy-to-use and convenient way to capture high-quality digital video without investing hundreds of dollars in a conventional video camera. After shooting their video, consumers return the camera to the store where Pure Digital's proprietary video processing platform formats the content and burns a high-quality DVD utilizing Sonic's AuthorScript Video technology.

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SoundToys Plug-ins Support Pro Tools 7

SoundToys Inc. (formerly Wave Mechanics), a leading developer of high-end digital signal processing (DSP) tools, has announced a new software release (version 1.2) for its entire line of SoundToys plug-ins. The new release features support for the recently announced Digidesign Pro Tools 7, as well as TDM support for FilterFreak, PhaseMistress, Crystallizer, Tremolator and UltraFX, which had previously been available only in the RTAS and HTDM plug-in formats.

Version 1.2 of SoundToys TDM Effects is available for download from the company's revamped website at For further information about SoundToys products and upgrades go to or call SoundToys at 802-951-9700. About SoundToys Based in Burlington VT, SoundToys (formerly Wave Mechanics) was founded in 1996 by the DSP engineering team that created

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TI Introduces Family of Programmable Analog Video Signal Processors

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) has introduced three integrated high-performance video amplifiers. These new three-channel devices are the first to offer full I2C programmability of all functions independently for each channel, which provides the designer the flexibility to configure a video system as required or on-the-fly, without the need for hardware upgrades or modifications. The devices are designed with integrated Butterworth filters to provide all the analog signal conditioning required in video applications such as set-top boxes, digital televisions, personal video recorders/DVD readers and portable USB devices. (See

Key Features of the THS73x3 Family Manufactured in TI's proprietary BiCom3 complementary bipolar silicon germanium process, the THS7303, THS7313 and THS7353 feature 2.7 V to 5 V single-supply operation and are as much as 20x lower power than competing amplifiers. For example, total quiescent current at 3.3 V for the THS7353 is 16.2 mA and total power is 54 mW. This reduces system thermal issues, increases long-term reliability and provides a key benefit for customers designing environmentally-friendly products.

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