Published on October 23rd,2008 at 3:45 PM
By >Akihabara News Team

Pioneer Introduces New Qflix Enabled Drives

Yesterday Pioneer announced two new DVD writers featuring Sonic’s Qflix Technology that allows for CinemaNow movies to be downloaded and burned on the go. They also come with Roxio Venue software and the Roxio CinePlayer.

Both internal (DVR-2920Q) and external versions (DVR-X162Q) are available.

No word on price or release date.

NOVATO, Calif., Oct. 22 — Sonic Solutions(R)
(Nasdaq: SNIC), the leader in digital media software, today announced that
Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. has introduced two DVD/CD computer writers
featuring Sonic’s Qflix(TM) technology. The new Pioneer(R) internal
DVR-2920Q and external DVR-X162Q DVD/CD writers will enable consumers to
download and burn DVDs of their favorite Hollywood movies from CinemaNow
for playback on standard and high-definition DVD players. The writers will
be available at major retailers and direct from Pioneer at

Pioneer becomes the latest major manufacturer to introduce
Qflix-enabled drives. Last month, Dell announced the availability of a
Qflix drive bundle, which is an option on most Inspiron, Studio and XPS
laptops and sold through Dell’s Entertainment, Software and Accessories
online store.

“Our new line of Pioneer computer DVD burners featuring Qflix
technology gives movie fans a seamless way to download and own their
favorite Hollywood hits for viewing beyond the PC to DVD players throughout
the house,” said Steven Cohn, director of optical sales for Pioneer
Electronics (USA) Inc. “With more and more Hollywood hits, television shows
and independent movies becoming available in the near future, our burners
will also provide consumers a convenient method to expand their disc
libraries without the long search time and footwork.”

The new Pioneer writers provide a means for home audiences to download
and preserve content to DVD for playback on all standard and
high-definition players. The result is a richer viewing experience that
transcends current digital delivery entertainment options.

“We are extremely pleased to be partnering with Pioneer to bring
Qflix-enabled products to market,” said Mark Ely, executive vice president
of Strategy, Sonic Solutions. “Support from major manufactures like Pioneer
will help to further establish Qflix as the symbol for consumers looking
for compatible and convenient ‘purchase, download, and burn’ solutions.”

To streamline the user experience, both Pioneer drives incorporate
Roxio(R) Venue(TM) software that provides simplified management and writing
of downloaded digital content. Also included in the software bundle are
applications that allow users to back-up and play their disc media on a PC
via the Roxio CinePlayer(R) and Easy CD & DVD Burning software.

About Qflix

The Qflix(TM) program offers a new means for content owners to release
titles for custom production and sale over the Internet while maintaining
the same level of copy protection used on commercially mass-produced DVDs.
The program provides essential technology and IP for both the professional
and consumer market. For professional and enterprise manufacturing of DVDs
“on demand,” the Qflix program allows production facilities to reduce the
cost of carrying physical inventory while simultaneously offering extensive
catalogs of content. The program also enables retailers to broaden the
number of movies by augmenting physical product with on-demand DVD creation
kiosks in their stores. For consumers, the Qflix program provides a
long-awaited downloading and burning solution for movies and premium video
content in computers and consumer electronic devices such as set-top boxes,
networked DVD recorders, and DVRs.

For more information regarding the Qflix technology licensing program,
please contact Qflix Licensing ( or visit

About Sonic Solutions

Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ: SNIC), ( 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-branded
photo, video, music, and digital-media management applications and
services. 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 the Qflix program. 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, 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 under license.

Via Engadget
Category Pc
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