RoxioNow Entering Panasonic Blu-ray Players, Connected TVs8 Jul, 2010 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Sonic Solutions, marketer of RoxioNow movie download software, July 8 said the technology will be included in chip sets earmarked for Panasonic Blu-ray Disc players and connected HDTV units.
Integration of RoxioNow into Panasonic’s UniPhier LSI video processor chip will enable consumers to stream digital entertainment, including new-release movies via so-called “over-the-top” platforms such as connected media devices.
Introduced in 2007, the high-definition UniPhier video processor is capable of simultaneously processing two 1080p video streams and can compresses a full-HD image into 50% to 33% of its original size, according to Panasonic.
“Our collaboration with Panasonic, and integration into its ‘system-on-a-chip’ reference design, provides us with a tremendous opportunity to further expand the ecosystem of connected devices that are compatible with RoxioNow-powered services,” said Mark Ely, EVP of strategy for Sonic Solutions.
It wasn’t immediately clear what, if any, other over-the-top services Panasonic used prior to RoxioNow, according to a spokesperson. The digital entertainment distribution platform is used by numerous companies, including Best Buy, Blockbuster, Dell, HP, Kmart, Lionsgate, and most recently Sears, and is available on a variety of consumer electronics.
The first UniPhier/RoxioNow embedded devices be launched at retail this winter.