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Sonic Solutions Powers First DVD on Demand DVR

Scientific Atlanta's MCP-100 Leverages Sonic AuthorScript (January 05, 2006)

Sonic Solutions announced that Sonic AuthorScript DVD on Demand is now shipping as part of the cable industry's first set-top box to feature DVD recording and playback capabilities, the MCP-100 DVR with DVD Recorder/Player from Scientific Atlanta. The dual-tuner MCP-100 is an all-in-one media center combining a digital cable receiver, multi-room digital video recorder (DVR), a DVD/CD player, and a DVD-R recorder. The unit's DVD functionality is enabled by the powerful, easy-to-integrate AuthorScript DVD-On-Demand software development kit (SDK), which allows cable/satellite and consumer electronics industry manufacturers to build full DVD recording and playback into their products without the expense of additional hardware.

Available immediately for deployment and evaluation by cable service providers, the MCP-100 has already received two industry awards: the Consumer Electronics Association's "Best of Innovations" award for Video Components in the CES Innovations 2006 Awards competition, and the Communications Technology 2005 Reader's Choice Award in the Advanced Video category. The device offers cable service providers a single-box solution that gives their subscribers versatile capabilities in a compact, convenient package. With embedded AuthorScript software, users of the box are able not only to play off-the-shelf DVDs and CDs, but also to easily transfer their favorite recorded or downloaded programs, both standard and high definition, from the DVR hard drive to writeable DVDs for playback in other devices.

"The availability of the MCP-100 marks an important milestone in the evolution of home entertainment from a collection of individual media devices and services to an integrated system that allows consumers to enjoy media with much greater convenience, simplicity, and synergy," said Dave Davies, vice president, strategy and product marketing for Subscriber Networks at Scientific-Atlanta. "To ensure a smooth transition to this new unified platform, we've integrated the best possible DVD technology by taking advantage of the Hollywood-proven performance and reliability of AuthorScript. Sonic is a key technology partner in creating our next-generation set-top solution."

AuthorScript DVD on Demand-enhanced DVRs allow recorded content to be enjoyed in a much broader range of playback environments while freeing recording space on the DVR hard-drive and reducing clutter in the living room. AuthorScript's DVD recording software respects all copy protection flags set by the content owners, including "copy freely," "copy once," and "copy never." By enabling recording of content to DVD-R, AuthorScript allows cable, satellite, and IPTV services to offer their customers attractive new features that go significantly beyond the abilities of a simple DVR, providing a unique differentiator in a competitive environment. The deployment of AuthorScript DVD on Demand in the Scientific Atlanta platform also lays the foundation for new MSO business and revenue models based on electronic sell-through of digital video to writeable DVD in the home.

"With the emergence of a promising new DVD market in the set-top space, Sonic is ideally-positioned to help usher in a new era for cable viewers by leveraging our decade-long DVD experience in sectors such as Hollywood authoring and home PC recording," said Mark Ely, Sonic's executive vice president of strategy. "The launch of this first-ever set-top in a brand new category demonstrates the strength of Scientific Atlanta's engineering, the depth of its commitment to enabling innovative new capabilities for its customers, and the promise that the set-top market holds for Sonic technology."

Sonic will be demonstrating AuthorScript-enabled DVD recording and playback on the MCP-100 in its suite at the January 2006 International CES in Las Vegas, Nevada. For further information on AuthorScript set-top DVD solutions, please contact Sonic at [email protected].

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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