Intervideo announces WinDVD 5 playback of HD-DVDs with InterActual Add-on pack

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InterVideo
Announces WinDVD 5 Playback of High-Definition DVD Discs with InterActual Add-on
Pack


InterVideo(R),
Inc. (Nasdaq:IVII) announced today that WinDVD(R) 5, its award-winning software
solution for watching DVDs on a PC, provides playback of the new high-definition
movies on DVD discs when combined with InterVideo’s InterActual(R) add-on pack.
With the software, users can enjoy the pristine resolution enabled by
Microsoft(R) Windows Media(R) 9 Series (WMV HD). In addition to playback support
for the high-definition DVD discs, InterVideo announced two new WinDVD
capabilities that are about to be released — support for playback (but not
duplication) of Content Protection for Recordable Media (CPRM) on a PC and
support for on-disc playback of the new Windows Media HD discs on a PC.


A growing number of Hollywood moviemakers,
including Artisan, IMAX and National Geographic, have released or will soon
release high-definition DVD packs that include a standard definition disc and a
second disc with WMV HD versions of the films. With video resolutions of up to
1080p, the new WMV HD titles deliver approximately six times the resolution of
today’s DVD video. By adding the optional InterActual add-on pack, WinDVD 5
users can cost-effectively enjoy the unparalleled video experience these WMV HD
DVDs offer on their desktop and laptop PCs and PCs connected to a
high-definition home theater system. No additional software is required. Future
versions will also enable playback of non-InterActual enhanced discs as well.


“InterVideo’s seamless integration of InterActual’s
technology makes it easy and affordable for consumers to experience both the
dramatically superior image quality of high-definition DVD videos and the
exciting interactive features major motion picture studios have added to their
DVD-Video offerings,” said Todd Collart, President & CEO of InterActual.
“WinDVD 5 is the first software for DVD playback on a PC to offer this kind of
flexibility.”


“InterVideo is committed to maintaining its
leadership in developing innovative software DVD playback solutions for PCs,”
said Steve Ro, InterVideo’s president. “We anticipated the impact that HDTV will
have on the evolution of DVD Video and are focused on bringing these new
experiences to PC users as they emerge.” Ro explained that InterVideo is
currently finalizing new technologies that will enable WinDVD playback of
Content Protection for Recordable Media (CPRM) and WMV HD media. “These
technologies remove the barriers to transferring protected discs from the
original recorder to a PC for playback while protecting the content from being
copied. It’s a new concept in copy protection for PC playback and will be
especially important for content recorded from high definition television
programming,” he added.


As part of its commitment to make watching a video
on a PC or laptop more entertaining, InterVideo has also added its new Smart
Stretch(TM) Technology and Mobile Technology to WinDVD 5. With Smart Stretch,
users can customize their viewing image with intelligent compensation for the
differences in displays and aspect ratios, i.e., when viewing 4:3 content on
16:9 or vice versa. InterVideo’s non-linear technology minimizes the distortion
by only stretching the edges of the video and maintaining the original content
in the center portion of the image. InterVideo Mobile Technology to help users
extend the battery life and playback time of mobile PCs featuring Intel(R)’s new
Centrino(TM) mobile technology and other Intel notebook processors.


In addition to the new InterActual add-on option,
InterVideo also offers the DVD-Audio pack with navigation controls and playback
capabilities for the latest high-definition standard in music listening. With
the pack, users can navigate the audio content, skip tracks, play music, or
access the special audio disc menus to view slide shows, pictures, lyrics and
bonus sessions with ease.


Pricing, Availability


InterVideo’s new InterActual add-on packs for
WinDVD Gold 5 and WinDVD Platinum 5 are available at InterVideo’s web site,
www.intervideo.com for
a suggested list price of $ 19.95.


InterVideo markets WinDVD to consumers and hardware
OEMs, including manufacturers of PCs, video cards, camcorders, disk drives and
consumer electronics products. It can be used with PC and laptop computers
running Windows 98/2000/Me/XP. Available at InterVideo’s web site at www.intervideo.com and at retail
outlets around the world, the suggested list prices for WinDVD Gold 5 and WinDVD
Platinum 5 are $ 49.95 and $ 69.95 respectively.


Also available at InterVideo’s web site, the
DVD-Audio pack is priced at $ 39.95


About InterVideo, Inc.


InterVideo is a leading provider of DVD software.
InterVideo has developed a technology platform from which it has created a broad
suite of integrated multimedia software products that allow users to capture,
edit, author, burn, distribute, and play digital video. InterVideo’s software is
bundled with products sold by the majority of the top ten PC OEMs ranked in
terms of sales by IDC. The company is headquartered in Fremont, CA with regional
offices in Europe, Taiwan, China and Japan. For more information, contact
InterVideo at 510/651-0888 or visit the company’s Web site at www.intervideo.com.


Safe Harbor Statement


Except for the historical statements contained
herein, the foregoing release contains forward-looking statements, including
statements regarding InterVideo WinDVD(R) products. These forward-looking
statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results could
differ materially due to several factors, including but not limited to the
market acceptance of our new products and product enhancements, the ability to
forecast customer behavior and recognize or respond to emerging trends, changing
preferences or competitive factors, the resolution of any notices of claims
regarding alleged infringement of third parties’ intellectual property rights,
the ability to maintain or expand our relationship with PC OEMS and other risks
and uncertainties. Please consult the various reports and documents filed by
InterVideo with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not
limited to InterVideo’s Form 10-Q for other risk factors that could cause actual
results to differ. All forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof
and InterVideo disclaims any responsibility to update or revise any
forward-looking statement provided in this news release.


InterVideo is a registered trademarks and UniPass
is a trademark of InterVideo, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of
their respective holders.

Source: Business Wire