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Sonic and Sony Power BD-Live Solutions for Hollywood
Apr 17, 2008 (06:04 AM EDT)


NOVATO, Calif., April 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sonic Solutions(R) , the leader in digital media software, today announced it is collaborating with Sony to enhance the BD-Live creation features of the Scenarist(R) BD authoring platform. The new capabilities will help streamline the creation of highly interactive Blu-ray Disc titles that harness the full power of the BD-Live feature set to enable Web-connected content.

BD-Live adds an exciting new level of interactivity to the home entertainment experience. By allowing the dynamic inclusion of downloaded online content such as special features, new trailers and games, BD-Live enables content creators to maintain a direct relationship with viewers even after a title has shipped. By making BD-Live-enabled features more efficient to produce, the Sony and Sonic collaboration is expected to help increase the availability of connected-content, which in turn will help speed consumer adoption of next-generation titles and players.

"The BD-Live feature set is an exciting new capability for BD that combines the best of on-disc and online content to provide consumers with a dynamic and always-current entertainment experience," said Rolf Hartley, senior vice president and general manager of Sonic's Professional Products Group. "Sony's extensive knowledge of the BD specification combined with Sonic's experience in providing solutions for online interactive content via its InterActual(R) products will help significantly boost BD-Live title production."

At the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, Sonic is exhibiting Scenarist(R) 4.5, a new release of its industry-standard BD authoring suite. Scenarist 4.5 includes enhancements that enable BD-Live title creation as well as a new security management utility called Scenarist Safeguard(TM). Scenarist Safeguard is the only fully integrated tool that enables all aspects of BD-Live security and secure content management in a single application that fits any production environment.

About Sonic Solutions

Sonic Solutions enables the creation, management, and enjoyment of digital media content through its Hollywood to Home(TM) products, services, and technologies. Sonic's products range from the advanced authoring systems used to produce Hollywood DVD and Blu-ray Disc titles to the award-winning Roxio(R)-branded photo, video, music, and digital-media management applications. Sonic's patented technologies and AuthorScript(R) media engine are relied upon by leading technology firms to define rich media experiences on a wide array of consumer electronics, mobile devices, set-top players, retail kiosks, and PCs. Always an innovator, Sonic has taken a leading role in helping professional and consumer markets make the successful transition to the new high-definition media formats and, through the Qflix(TM) platform, Sonic is defining new models for the digital distribution of Hollywood entertainment. Sonic Solutions is headquartered in Marin County, California.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements that are based upon current expectations, including the distribution and market acceptance of Scenarist BD. 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 the Company's annual and quarterly reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This press release should be read in conjunction with the Company's 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. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements.

Sonic, the Sonic logo, Sonic Solutions, Scenarist, InterActual, Scenarist Safeguard, AuthorScript, Hollywood to Home, Qflix, and Roxio are trademarks or registered trademarks of 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.

CONTACT: Chris Taylor of Sonic Solutions, +1-408-367-5231, chris_taylor@sonic.com

Web site: http://www.sonic.com/