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Sonic Demos DVD Play and Burn Solutions for Set-tops

Sonic's AuthorScript CE SDK Enables DVD Navigation and Burning (January 05, 2006)

Sonic Solutions announced the availability of AuthorScript CE for the Broadcom BCM7038 chip, providing a complete, integrated DVD burning and playback solution that is available now for incorporation into commercial cable, satellite and standalone consumer electronics (CE) products. The launch highlights Sonic's leadership in DVD technology and will speed the time-to-market of DVD playback and burning in satellite, IPTV and cable set-tops.

Sonic's BCM7038-ready version of the AuthorScript CE software development kit (SDK) is the first of many collaborative efforts expected from a multi-year development and licensing agreement with Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ:BRCM), a global leader in wired and wireless broadband communications semiconductors. The agreement brings Sonic's AuthorScript CE engine to Broadcom's DVD-equipped set-top box reference platforms, enabling consumer electronics manufacturers who market cable, satellite, IP and set-top boxes and CE devices to easily add DVD recording and playback capabilities to their products, enhancing consumer appeal, lowering subscriber churn, and enabling new electronic sell-through models such as Sonic's DVD on Demand(TM) for service providers.

"We've earned our industry-leading position by providing our cable, satellite, IP and CE customers with set-top solutions combining unsurpassed performance, quality, integration and value with ease-of-use and reliability," said Joe del Rio, product marketing manager of Broadcom. "By integrating Sonic's AuthorScript technology into our flagship platforms, we are able to continue delivering the quality our customers expect from us while enhancing the Media Center capabilities of our products with DVD playback and burning capabilities that excite consumers and drive new sales."

The inclusion of AuthorScript CE in Broadcom's BCM7038-based reference platforms, the BCM97038 and the BCM97398, allows manufacturers of cable, satellite, IP and standalone CE products to offer consumers a convenient, integrated home entertainment environment combining multiple functions in a single, easy-to-use set-top box, including digital video recording (DVR) with an electronic program guide (EPG), DVD playback and record, and HD digital cable. The simplicity, reduced clutter, and lower cost of a single-box solution, along with the appeal of being able to save valued content with a built-in DVD recorder, is expected to give service providers a powerful new tool to attract consumers as they continue to grow the expanding market for broadband digital services. The development of Broadcom-compatible AuthorScript implementations also paves the way for electronic sell-through of premium content.

"DVD recording is the number one additional feature that DVR users say they want, and AuthorScript CE offers that feature and more in a proven, easily-integrated solution that is built on the same Sonic technology that leads every DVD authoring sector from Hollywood to the home PC," said Jim Taylor, general manager of Sonic's Advanced Technology Group. "By partnering with Broadcom, we've been able to integrate AuthorScript into a complete package that lets new and existing Broadcom customers take advantage of the combined strengths of our two companies."

For further information on AuthorScript set-top DVD solutions, please contact Sonic at

About Sonic Solutions

Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ:SNIC) ( is the leader in digital media software, providing a broad range of interoperable, platform-independent software tools and applications for creative professionals, business and home users, and technology partners. Sonic's products range from advanced DVD authoring systems and interactive content delivery technologies used to produce the majority of Hollywood DVD film releases, to the award-winning Roxio(R)- and Sonic-branded CD and DVD creation, playback and backup solutions that have become the premier choice for consumers, prosumers and business users worldwide.

Sonic products are globally available from major retailers, online at and, and are bundled with PCs, after-market drives and consumer electronic devices. Sonic's digital media creation engine is the de facto standard and has been licensed by major software and hardware manufacturers, including Adobe, Microsoft, Scientific-Atlanta, Sony, and many others. Sonic Solutions is headquartered in Marin County, California.

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