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Streaming Media
March 04, 2003

Table of Contents

Princeton Digital Introduces 18" Value LCD Display
America Online Licenses Sonic CD and DVD Burning Technology
Optical Disc Corporation Announces CDR-ROM Burned/Pressed CD Format
Internet Streaming Media Alliance Joins with Content Owner Community to Address Protection Issues
Immediatek to Acquire CD Burning Software
SmartDisk Introduces FlashTrax PDA
Pretec Announces 2MP DSC and MPEG-4 Tapeless Digital Camcorder with 30fps TV Quality
Toshiba's Computer Systems Group Releases TDP-D2 Projector

Princeton Digital Introduces 18" Value LCD Display

Princeton Graphic Systems, Inc., has introduced the VL1812, an18.1" active matrix TFT display with XGA (1024 x 768) native resolution. Princeton Graphics, one of the first manufacturers to commercially offer a digital flat panel, is now shipping the VL1812 with a suggested retail price of $599.

Other features of the VL1812 display include:

• 150° Viewing angle
• 16.7 million colors
• VESA FPMPMI-compliant wall/arm mounting interface
• self-diagnostic screen
• Energy Star ompliance
• three-year limited warranty

Compatible with PC, UNIX, Apple Macintosh, PowerMac, Windows, and high-resolution third-party graphics standards, the VL812 meets all major emission and power management standards, including EPA Energy Star, FCC-B, CSA (CUL), UL1950, TUV/GS, and CE. Princeton Digital displays are backed by a three-year parts, one-year labor, and backlight warranty.


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America Online Licenses Sonic CD and DVD Burning Technology

Sonic Solutions and America Online, Inc. have signed a licensing agreement that allows AOL to incorporate Sonic's CD-audio, CD-ROM and DVD-ROM burning technologies into its interactive and Web-based applications and services. MusicNet on AOL, a premium music subscription service launched at the time of the announcement, will include the Sonic AuthorScript Software Developer's Kit for CD and DVD burning. Support for CD burning in MusicNet on AOL allows members who browse and purchase music tracks from the vast MusicNet on AOL catalog to burn them "safely and legally," Sonic and AOL say, directly to CD.

Sonic's AuthorScript SDK is a leading engine for DVD and VCD formatting and burning. Sonic has added CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, and audio mastering to AuthorScript via the award-winning Primo SDK technology that Sonic acquired from VERITAS in December 2002. AuthorScript, coupled with the newly integrated VERITAS technology, offers a complete set of data, media, and audio formatting and burning modules. AuthorScript licensees include Adobe, Easy Systems Japan, Microsoft, and Sony.

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Optical Disc Corporation Announces CDR-ROM Burned/Pressed CD Format

Optical Disc Corporation (ODC), a leader in optical disc mastering systems, has announced the introduction of its CDR-ROM disc. This new product provides many new avenues for digital content delivery that were not previously possible or available.

ODC's patent-pending CDR-ROM combines CD-R and CD-ROM on the same disc using its advanced mastering technology. The CDR-ROM is a standard size 12cm disc that provides a pre-recorded ROM area and a writable CD-R area on the same disc (not unlike the CD-PROM technology debuted by Kodak in 1999, and quietly "discontinued" in October 2002). Although the format has been published for years, available manufacturing technology has limited the ability to record on standard CD-R writers worldwide. ODC's advanced technology allows the writable portion of the CDR-ROM to be recorded by the content provider, or the end user on their own computer. Either area can be as large or as small as required by the application with a total capacity of up to 700 MB. The CDR-ROM conforms to all specifications of the industry Orange Book standards for hybrid discs and is compatible with standard CD-R writers worldwide.

The ODC CDR-ROM, with its desktop CD-R writer compatibility, provides much application flexibility, ODC says. The CDR-ROM opens opportunities for new applications such as anti piracy/copy orotection, enhanced data security, direct marketing with mail-merge, and other software applications.


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Internet Streaming Media Alliance Joins with Content Owner Community to Address Protection Issues

The Internet Streaming Media Alliance (ISMA), a global alliance of industry leaders in content management, distribution infrastructure, and streaming media, recently announced that it is assembling a panel of outside experts to advise the alliance on issues critical to the content provider community. These issues include the protection of digital content and rights management concerns.

The ISMA content advisory panel will be chaired by industry expert Philip L. Engelhardt and will be comprised of members representing a cross-section of sectors including the entertainment and medical communities, government, academia, and private industry.

The ISMA is a non-profit corporation founded in 2000 by Apple, Cisco, IBM, Kasenna, Inc., Philips, and Sun Microsystems to accelerate the market adoption of a universal, open standard for streaming rich media over the Internet Protocol. Today the alliance is comprised of nearly forty companies representing all facets of media distribution over IP.

The announcement of the content advisory group was made at the ISMA's 8th Forum and Annual Meeting being held this week in Beverly Hills, CA. Industry and academic leaders representing dozens of organizations in industry sectors ranging from entertainment to information technology are attending the Forum.


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Immediatek to Acquire CD Burning Software

Immediatek, Inc. has announced that it is acquiring key assets of LCD Interactive, Inc., a private corporation that has developed breakthrough technology enabling Internet music fans to download standard MP3 files directly to their CD burners while simultaneously protecting the artists' copyrights. Immediatek had previously formed a strategic alliance with LCD Interactive to exclusively market and develop the software.

Acquisition of the assets, including the CD burning software and LCD's flagship Web site,, will be accomplished through a stock transaction and should complete within days. Additionally, Paul Marin, CEO of LCD Interactive, has been added to Immediatek's board of directors and will assume an executive operating role in the company.

Immediatek has recently signed agreements to license the technology to several independent music labels, and is actively pursuing licensing deals with popular online music sources and major record labels. Immediatek's CEO Zach Bair believes the proprietary "one-click" disc-burning technology could provide a standards-based solution for the music industry's burgeoning piracy problems with downloadable music and other media.


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SmartDisk Introduces FlashTrax PDA

SmartDisk Corporation recently introduced its new FlashTrax handheld portable device for offloading and storing digital images and music. FlashTrax is being showcased at PMA International, which is taking place at the Las Vegas Convention Center from March 2-5.

FlashTrax can safely store high-resolution images transferred from any flash memory card onto the built-in 30GB USB2.0 hard drive and displays them on a 3.5" LCD. By using the sleek control pad, the user can change the image, zoom in, zoom out, and scroll, or choose a slide show function—all without the need of a PC. The LCD folds to ensure that both the screen and control buttons remain protected while in field use. Images may be viewed on the LCD screen or on any TV using the included remote control. To facilitate portability, FlashTrax also includes a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery.

A built-in MP3 player makes this device even more attractive--more than 7,000 compressed audio files can be stored and played back through the built-in speaker, headphones, or external speakers. Various play modes are easily controlled from the user-friendly screen display and control pad, making music selection quick and easy. With transfer speeds of up to 480Mbps, FlashTrax can also serve as an external hard drive to transfer, store and access data, or act as a simple backup device.

Suggested retail price for FlashTrax is $499.99, with availability in April through retailers and distributors, as well as through the company's Web site.


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Pretec Announces 2MP DSC and MPEG-4 Tapeless Digital Camcorder with 30fps TV Quality

Pretec Electronics Corp., a leading digital imaging and memory card provider, announces the launch of DV-4200, a revolutionary MPEG-4 digital camcorder with 2.1 megapixel digital still camera at PMA International 2003. DV-4200 will also be demonstrated at CeBIT, held from March 12-March 19, in Hannover, Germany.

DV-4200 is a tapeless digital camcorder capable of storing up to three hours of video at VHS quality or better with a 512MB flash memory card. The camcorder can also function as a digital still camera. Using high compression ratio MPEG-4 technology with patented techniques of Advanced Simple Profile including quarter-pel motion estimation, DV-4200 is among the first products in the world to reach 30 frames per second real-time using MPEG-4 encoding/decoding, hence delivering a superb digital video quality to existing TV system.

The MPEG-4 compression file can also make every Windows-based computer an Audio/Video player for DV-4200 by using MPEG-4 decoding software. Still image pictures can be taken at native resolution of 2.1 megapixels.

With optional AV-in feature selected, users can transfer all their favorite movies or recordings from different media (VHS tape, VCD, DVD, etc.) to MPEG-4 files, which can then be stored on flash memory card, hard disk, or CD.

Weighing less than one pound with dimensions of 4.5x3x2 inches, DV-4200 is smaller than most DV camcorders available. Retail pricing for the new DV-4200 is expected to be less than $499, and the new camcorder will begin availability next month.


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Toshiba's Computer Systems Group Releases TDP-D2 Projector

Toshiba's latest portable projector, the TDP-D2, features 2,500 ANSI lumens, native XGA (1024x768) resolution, and weighs in at 5.3 lbs. Other features include:

•Device technology:  0.7-inch DLP DDR 12-degree x1
•Contrast Ratio:  800:1
•Input Signals:  NTSC, PAL, SECAM, HDTV/DTV/DVD, VGA, SVGA, XGA, SXGA(1) and UXG(1)  ((1)compressed)
•Automatic Keystone Correction
•Digital Zoom:  Computer video (RGB) up to 10x. Component video up to 3x.
•Noise Level:  37dBA
•Speaker:  1.0 Watt Monaural
•Size:  9.8-inch x 7.9-inch x 3.5-inch

Toshiba's new projector is available at or through Toshiba's enterprise sales team and authorized Toshiba distributors, dealers, retailers, or mail order partners. The estimated street price for the TDP-D2 is $3,199.


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