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RoxioNow really is everywhere these days. As the year draws to a close, Sonic Solutions has announced that their RoxioNow platform licensee Sears and Kmart have started their own online movie download service by the name of Alphaline Entertainment. The world probably doesn't need another movie download service at the moment, but with the winners and losers still being sorted out, Sears is hoping to branch out and find revenue from a very unlikely source. The new service enables Sears and Kmart customers to download entertainment online, including new movies on the same day they are released on... Read more...
Don't be ashamed if you've never heard of Rovi. Unlike Sony, Microsoft and Apple, Rovi isn't exactly a household name in the consumer electronics universe. But they're taking one step more to becoming just that with a purchase agreement to pick up Sonic Solutions. Sonic is best known today for their content delivery technologies and content partnerships. Lots of streaming media options today rely on Sonic Solutions, and now, they'll rely on Rovi. The enterprise value of the transaction is approximately $720 million. Rovi describes themselves as providers of "next generation guidance solutions including... Read more...
Sonic Solutions has been rapidly moving to expand their RoxioNow platform for quite some time; it's definitely been a focal point of the company, and with the heightened level of competition surrounding connected HDTVs, we can understand why. Now, the company has managed a deal with Trident, a company that produces system-on-chips (SoCs) for leading HDTV makers. Basically, this deal allows RoxioNow to be embedded onto any HDTV with a Trident SoC inside, and that's quite a few potential TVs. RoxioNow's platform works to give consumers a wide variety of multi-media content over the Internet, including... Read more...
Redbox may announce a website for movie rentals in October in an attempt to challenge rival Netflix. At this point, it's still unclear whether this website would offer a DVD-by-mail service, direct downloads, streaming videos, or a combination of these services. According to a report from Bloomberg, Redbox COO and former Netflix guy Mitch Lowe said his company may try to offer a greater variety of titles through an online service than it is able to offer at its 24,000 retail dispenser kiosks. Each of these kiosks holds only about 200 titles. Netflix offers 100,000 titles by mail and 20,000 older... Read more...
And so it begins. Boxee, which has generally let users access a wealth of free online content from a variety of locations, has finally seen the light: you need premium content (or a great Plan B) to stay afloat in today's environment. The company has been quoted as saying that they aren't planning to make anything from their partnership with D-Link on the Boxee Box, but now that they've opened this window, there's really no turning back. Premium content has arrived on Boxee, and we suspect that more and more of it will continue to arrive. And that's a good thing for everyone, regardless if you... Read more...
Sonic Solutions has been doing itself quite a few favors of late, linking up with Blockbuster and even bringing CinemaNow films to USB flash drives. Today, however, it's really kicking things up a notch. In an effort to take on the likes of Vudu, Netflix and even Microsoft's Xbox 360 streaming service, Sonic has announced a new platform to bring HD streaming right to one's television.The new CineVision Adaptive HD technology is described as a next-generation encoding, multiplexing, streaming and decoding system designed specifically to deliver the highest quality HD video possible to internet-connected... Read more...
Sonic Solutions, best known for its CinemaNow movie venture, has just teamed up with Widevine in order to bring Hollywood hits to a place they've never been before: USB flash drives. Mind you, we've seen major motion pictures show up on flash cards of all sizes, but this is the first time a respected outfit has announced plans to launch films on flash drive.The self-contained CinemaNow USB Movie Drives will include an integrated media player as well as the necessary video codecs to enable instant high-quality PC playback of movie content offline. Once a user connects to the Internet, they can then... Read more...