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Sonic Technology Added to HD DVD Patent

27 Aug, 2007 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Sonic Solutions Aug. 27 said a patent it holds that allows for the online revision of content by third-party holders has been included in the HD DVD specification for HD DVD players and optical media.

Interactivity between movie watchers in the home and the studios is seen as a major component of next-generation optical media.

Sonic's patent allows movie studios and other content holders the option to replace trailers or change menu selections on DVD and video games via a player's connection to the Internet.

“The inclusion of Sonic in the formation of the HD DVD Patent Portfolio License underscores our technology dept and our continued investment in the success of new digital media formats,” said Dave Habinger, president and CEO, Sonic Solutions.

The Novato, Calif.-based company's 621 patent, which is included in similar Blu-ray Disc license material, is currently in use by select studios for standard DVD releases of Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and the “Star Wars” trilogy.

Separately, Sonic last week reported first-quarter (ended June 30) net revenue of $29.5 million, down $500,000, to $3 million from previous company forecast.

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