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DivX Technology to Join PlayStation 3

13 Nov, 2007 By: Erik Gruenwedel

DivX Inc., the San Diego manufacturer of an alternative video technology based on smaller MPEG-4 compression, Nov. 13 said it would be included in future PlayStation 3 consoles from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

The move would greatly expand the DivX universe, which currently claims about 100 million devices capable of playing its digital playback technology.

Other CE manufacturers incorporating DivX technology into DVD players and related media devices include JVC, Philips, Plextor, RCA, LG, Yamaha and Samsung.

Current PS3 owners will soon be able to add DivX functionality as part of a software update, according to DivX.

Separately, SCE Nov. 2 released a PS3 software development kit that allows game manufacturers to incorporate DivX's decoder technology.

“Our technology will expand the multimedia functionality of PS3 by enabling users to enjoy access to the broad library of content in the DivX digital media format,” said Kevin Hell, CEO of DivX, in a statement.

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