Sonic Solutions Bows Enhanced CinemaNow Software4 Jan, 2010 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Sonic Solutions, owner of Roxio CinemaNow movie download and streaming software, Jan. 4 said it will demonstrate at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas the new CinemaNow 2.0 platform.
The new software that powers sites for third-party content distributors such as Blockbuster On Demand and consumer electronics retailer Best Buy, among others. It also enables CE companies to establish digital storefronts and stream and download high-definition content, including the nascent 3D format, on their connected devices, such as Blu-ray Disc players.
CinemaNow 2.0 makes it possible for content owners to deliver movies with the kinds of interactivity already available on Blu-ray, including multiple chapter points with pop-up menus, multiple audio streams, subtitles and special features.
The new platform also is compatible with a broad range of connected TVs and set-top boxes, and will be featured on PC and mobile devices. The PC component offers a full-screen user interface, touch functionality and Windows 7 compatibility.
For mobile devices, the CinemaNow 2.0 platform will be available on the Android and Win Mobile platforms.
"Our goal over the last year was to establish our digital delivery platform on leading consumer electronic devices and with major retailers," said Mark Ely, EVP of strategy, Sonic Solutions. "Having achieved that goal, our plan for 2010 is to further advance the Roxio CinemaNow entertainment platform and enable our partners to deliver an exceptional user experience through rich interactivity, and amazing high-definition video and audio quality."