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Sonic, Technicolor Highlight New Format Prowess

26 Jul, 2006 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Sonic Solutions, which earlier this week licensed technology to Movielink's nascent download-to-own service, has unveiled software that allows Apple Mac users to incorporate next-generation optical media Blu-ray Disc.

Marketed under its Roxio brand, Toast 7 software allows users to drag and drop files onto a blank Blu-ray Disc with up to 50GB of storage capacity.

The software is being marketed for OEM developing next-generation external Blu-ray Disc drives.

Separately, Technicolor Home Entertainment Services, a unit of Thomson, announced Wednesday that it has three HD DVD and three Blu-ray Disc operational replication lines at its headquarters in Camarillo, Calif.

Technicolor replicated recent HD DVD releases from Universal Studios Home Entertainment, including Serenity, Doom, Apollo 13, Jarhead, Cinderella Man, Assault on Precinct 13, The Chronicles of Riddick, Van Helsing, U-571, The Bourne Supremacy, Happy Gilmore, The Rundown, Friday Night Lights and Pitch Black.

The company reports it can replicate 1.7 billion DVDs and 175 million CDs on an annual basis.

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