Sonic Solutions and Widevine Team to Expand Mobile Movie Access
Enable Retailers to Deliver Movie Streaming Services to iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, and Android Smart Phones
NOVATO, Calif. and SEATTLE, Aug. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sonic Solutions® (Nasdaq: SNIC) and Widevine, today announced they are collaborating to provide retailers the opportunity to offer movie services on a broad array of mobile devices and smart phones from a range of manufacturers. Combining Widevine's digital rights management (DRM) and adaptive streaming technologies with Sonic's RoxioNow™ entertainment platform, the expanded device support will help increase the reach of retail partner storefronts by facilitating the efficient, secure, and optimized delivery of movies and other video content to popular Android, iPad, iPhone, and Blackberry devices. New device support is expected to be rolled out by partners this holiday season.
"By teaming with Widevine, a clear leader in the industry, we are able to seamlessly overcome the technical hurdles of digital rights management and platform optimization behind the scenes, enabling our partners to deliver a compelling, hassle-free movie experience to their customers," said Mark Ely, Executive Vice President, Sonic Solutions. "With the new mobile support, we continue to build out an open, multi-manufacturer ecosystem of 'movie-enabled' devices and allow our partners to touch more consumers in more places."
The Widevine platform is deployed by major Internet content services and large cable, satellite, and telecommunication companies launching over-the-top and TV Everywhere strategies. The company's software platform optimizes the entertainment experience for content delivered over any network to any device. The solution is natively supported in nearly all major brands and types of network-connected consumer electronics including televisions, Blu-ray players, mobile devices, gaming systems and more.
"Widevine's technologies are arming the industry with the capabilities they need to provide today's consumers what they crave – their favorite entertainment on their preferred device at a time that most convenient to them," said Brian Baker, CEO, Widevine. "With Sonic, we will deliver an unbelievable mobile movie experience to the latest range of next-generation handsets."
The latest support for iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, and Android devices further enhance the RoxioNow platform's mobile capabilities, which already offers support for handsets running the Windows Mobile Operating System, as well all DivX Certified® portable devices. In addition to powering on-the-go movie access, RoxioNow offers support for a complete range of connected home devices including HDTVs, Blu-ray Disc players, PCs, and set-top boxes, from a range of manufacturers. RoxioNow has been selected to power digital entertainment services for a range of companies including Best Buy, Blockbuster, Dell, HP, Kmart, Lionsgate, and Sears.
Widevine provides digital media solutions for the delivery of digital entertainment to any device. Hundreds of service providers and device manufacturers use Widevine's multiplatform DRM and video optimization solutions for securing high quality video and audio. Today, millions of consumers enjoy digital entertainment secured and optimized by Widevine on retail consumer electronics devices and legacy STBs from all major consumer brands. With over 60 patents Widevine is an industry leader and innovator of content protection and video optimization technologies. For more information: www.widevine.com.
Widevine is a privately held corporation headquartered in Seattle, WA, whose investors include Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO), Charter Ventures, Constellation Ventures, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd (DNP), Liberty Global (NASDAQ: LBTYA), PaceSetter Capital Group, Phoenix Partners, Samsung Ventures America, TELUS (NYSE: TU), and VantagePoint Venture Partners.
About Sonic Solutions
Sonic Solutions® (NASDAQ: SNIC) is powering the digital media ecosystem through its complete range of Hollywood to Home™ applications, services, and technologies. Sonic's Roxio products enable consumers to easily manage and enjoy personal media and premium Hollywood entertainment on a broad range of connected devices. A wide array of leading technology firms, professionals, businesses, and developers rely on Sonic to bring innovative digital media functionality to next-generation devices and platforms. Sonic Solutions is headquartered in Marin County, California.
Forward Looking Statements
This release may contain forward looking statements that are based upon current expectations, including the launch, distribution, and market acceptance of the Sonic and Widevine collaboration. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward looking statements as a result of various risks and uncertainties, including those discussed in Sonic Solutions' annual and quarterly reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This press release should be read in conjunction with Sonic Solutions' most recent annual report on Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and other reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which contain a more detailed discussion of the Company's business including risks and uncertainties that may affect future results. Sonic Solutions does not undertake to update any forward looking statements.
Sonic, the Sonic logo, Sonic Solutions, Roxio, RoxioNow, and Hollywood to Home, are trademarks or registered trademarks owned by Sonic Solutions in the United States and/or other countries. All other company or product names are trademarks of their respective owners and, in some cases, are used by Sonic Solutions under license. Specifications, pricing and delivery schedules are subject to change without notice.
*Pending final device review by content providers
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