Sonic Solutions Partnered with Funai Electric of Japan

  • Posted on: 15 October 2009
  • By: chw staff

Japanese consumer electronics manufacturer Funai Electric Co., Ltd has partnered with Sonic Solutions. The partnership will see Roxio CinemaNow movie service being part of a range of connected TVs and Blu-ray Disc Players by Funai.  As part of a worldwide agreement, Sonic's Roxio CinemaNow will enable digital delivery of a vast library of entertainment* to the living room on an assortment of Sylvania, Philips, Magnavox, and Emerson-branded HDTVs and Blu-ray Disc (BD) players, which are all manufactured by Funai.

"We are in the midst of a major shift in consumers' home entertainment viewingbehavior," said Dave Habiger, president and CEO, Sonic Solutions. "Ourcollaboration with Funai, one of the world's leading makers of consumer electronics, will help further fuel this transition by delivering convenient, digital access to premium entertainment on new range of affordable, high quality digital home appliances."

Roxio CinemaNow's powerful digital supply chain is helping provide seamless access to content on Funai-connected home entertainment devices. Behind the scenes, industry-standard digital rights management, along with encoding and adaptive delivery technologies, enable the secure, device-optimized playback of premium entertainment, while at the same time providing a convenient and hassle-free entertainment viewing experience for the consumer.

"Our relationship with Sonic is an important step we are taking to address the emerging market demand for direct access to Internet movie downloads from connected devices," said Hideaki Funakoshi, General Manager of DVD Division, AV Management HQ of Funai Electric Co., Ltd. "We view the inclusion of Roxio CinemaNow technology powering convenient access to high-quality entertainment as an important driver for consumer adoption of our next-generation devices."

Roxio CinemaNow offers a massive selection of premium video entertainment for rental or purchase. CinemaNow's cloud-based media services power devices from multiple manufacturers, forming a connected ecosystem that consumers can use to seamlessly choose, move and view video entertainment. The CinemaNow ecosystem currently includes PCs, connected TVs, set top DVRs, Blu-ray Disc and mobile media players from leading manufacturers.

About Funai Electric Co.
Funai Electric Co., Ltd. was established in 1961 in Osaka, Japan. Funai Electric Co., Ltd. in Japan is engaged in the development, manufacture, marketing and distribution of information and communication equipment such as Internet Access Terminal, Computer peripherals, Audio-visual devices, Video, Television, TeleVideos, DVD Players, Home electrical appliances. Funai integrates audio-visual and communication techniques to create innovative products in the area of multimedia computing such as "Home Information Equipment" and "Personal Information Terminals".

*Pending final device review by content providers