Investor Relations

Press Release

Email page PDF view Print view Email Alert Social media sharing

Macrovision Strengthens Connected Platform Solution With Support for DLNA 1.5 Guidelines

Updated Solution Provides Manufacturers With Enhanced Security and Robust Content Transmission Features for Building CE Devices

Company Release - 7/29/2008 8:30 AM ET

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

It is getting faster and easier for consumer electronics (CE) manufacturers to create devices that can find, store and play digital media in the home. Macrovision(R) Solutions Corporation (NASDAQ:MVSN) today launched the latest version of its Connected Platform, a comprehensive solution for discovering, managing and enjoying digital media on a variety of connected CE devices. With this solution, CE manufacturers can enable full support for Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) Interoperability Guidelines version 1.5, enabling them to easily implement the latest industry standards in consumer devices such as set-top boxes (STB) and digital televisions.

"By 2010, some 500 million devices will be connected to home networks worldwide and because of this, consumer expectations regarding features and functionality will increase dramatically," said Colin Dixon, broadband media practice manager at industry analyst firm The Diffusion Group. "Device interoperability, in particular, will be a key demand from consumers wanting more for their CE dollars. A standards-based connectivity solution, like the Macrovision Connected Platform, will be instrumental in addressing this need."

New features of the Connected Platform include the ability to securely transmit and playback high definition video over a home network with full DVD-style controls using the DLNA 1.5 link layer protection (LLP) standard. The solution also incorporates DTCP-IP 1.2 support to promote secure transmission of premium content throughout a single home network and a simple DLNA API that enables developers to quickly deploy DLNA-compliant digital media players. Specifically for STBs, the Connected Platform provides the key technologies for CableLabs tru2way(TM) Home Networking Protocol, as well as the European and Japanese TV broadcasting standards.

"The Macrovision Connected Platform builds on our company commitment to enable the digital entertainment experience where consumers can easily share and enjoy their digital media across many different devices throughout their homes," said Steve Shannon, executive vice president, product management, Macrovision. "By providing ongoing open standards for certification and innovation, Macrovision is fueling the interoperability of millions of DLNA-, UPnP- and DTCP-IP-certified devices and leading the efforts in the development of a fully integrated digital living room."

The Macrovision Connected Platform consists of a source code software development kit (SDK), player and server software applications and a customizable, easy-to-navigate user interface. Operating system- and chip-agnostic, the solution allows CE device manufacturers to select which components and feature add-ons they want, while benefiting from the ability to develop a first-rate consumer electronic device.

Additional capabilities of the Connected Platform solution include easy integration with third-party applications, such as media recognition and content management tools and support for multiple codecs. The Connected Platform is available as a full turn-key solution or as individual components, including the UI framework, and has been ported to a variety of common chipsets.

About Macrovision Solutions Corporation

Macrovision is focused on providing a brilliantly simple digital home entertainment experience by delivering solutions to businesses to protect, enhance and distribute digital goods to consumers across multiple channels. Macrovision's technologies are deployed by companies in the entertainment, consumer electronics, cable and satellite, and online distribution markets to solve industry-specific challenges and bring greater value and a more robust user experience to their customers. The result of deploying Macrovision's solutions is a simple end user experience for discovering, acquiring, managing and enjoying digital content. Today, Macrovision provides connected middleware, metadata on music, games, movies and television programming, media recognition, interactive programming guides, and copy protection. The company also operates entertainment portals including http://www.tvguide.com/ and http://www.allmusic.com. Macrovision holds over 3,500 issued or pending patents and patent applications worldwide. Macrovision is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, with numerous offices across the United States and around the world including Japan, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, and the United Kingdom. More information about Macrovision can be found at http://www.macrovision.com/.

(C)Macrovision 2008. Macrovision is a registered trademark of Macrovision Solutions Corporation. All other brands and product names and trademarks are the registered property of their respective companies.

Forward Looking Statements

All statements contained herein that are not statements of historical fact, including statements that use the words "will" or "is expected to," or similar words that describe the Company's or its management's future plans, objectives, or goals, are "forward-looking statements" and are made pursuant to the Safe-Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause the actual results of the Company to be materially different from the historical results and/or from any future results or outcomes expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors are further addressed in the Company's most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 2008 and such other documents as are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time (available at www.sec.gov). The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this release, except as required by law.

Source: Macrovision Solutions Corporation

Contact: Text 100 for Macrovision Star Meza, 415-593-8431 starm@text100.com