Sonic Ships New Vista-Enabled OEM Products

Expands Innovative Partner Revenue Share Program

25 January 2006 — Sonic Solutions® (NASDAQ: SNIC), the leader in digital media software, today released a new line of Vista-compatible photo and video products developed specifically for PC OEM’s for inclusion in the first wave of Windows® Vista Capable and Premium Ready PCs. Expanding the company’s Roxio-branded line are special versions of VideoWave® and CineMagic®, which empower users to capture, enhance, edit and be creative with personal photos and home movies. The new applications will begin shipping on Windows Vista PCs launching later this month from a leading original equipment manufacturer (OEM). 

Also launching and included in the bundle is an enhanced version of Roxio Central, a dynamic Web-connected application. Roxio Central provides users with direct access to tasks and activities within the Roxio products as well as to digital media related products and services hosted at Roxio.com. Roxio Central is core to Sonic’s expanded partner revenue-share program, enabling the company to deliver value-added products and services along with contextual advertising and promotions direct to consumers’ desktops. Targeted campaigns will include special offers on partner solutions as well as Sonic’s full-featured retail applications.

“The launch of Windows Vista creates a significant opportunity for Sonic to broaden its influence and product range in the OEM market and expand our installed base of registered customers,” said Dave Habiger, president and CEO, Sonic Solutions. “Vista-enabled Roxio applications that enrich consumers’ digital experience, combined with our dynamic new Roxio Central web-based content delivery system, allow our PC partners to not only differentiate their solutions, but also generate new revenue opportunities.”

Roxio-branded consumer applications are currently available in a range of premier digital peripherals from leading manufacturers including LaCie, Canon, Plextor, and Pioneer. The company also has long-standing relationships with top-tier PC manufacturers including Dell, HP, Sony and Fujitsu. In addition to providing OEM applications, Sonic also licenses its core technologies, which have become the standard for a broad range of developers requiring a quick and easy solution for integrating rich digital media capabilities into their products.  Sonic technologies currently power digital media capabilities in hardware and software applications, music download sites, game consoles, consumer electronics devices, car entertainment systems, and Microsoft Windows Vista. 

About Sonic Solutions
Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ: SNIC; http://www.sonic.com) 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®-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 Sonic.com and Roxio.com, 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.

Sonic, the Sonic logo, Sonic Solutions, Roxio, VideoWave and CineMagic are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sonic Solutions or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries. All other company or product names are trademarks of their respective owners and, in some cases, are used by Sonic Solutions under license.

 

Forward Looking Statements
The above paragraphs of this press release may contain forward looking statements that are based upon current expectations, including views regarding future OEM market opportunities and the potential benefits of Roxio digital media OEM applications including Roxio Central, VideoWave and CineMagic. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward looking statements as a result of various risks and uncertainties, including those discussed in the Company's annual and quarterly reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This press release should be read in conjunction with the Company's most recent annual report on Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and other reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which contain a more detailed discussion of the Company's business including risks and uncertainties that may affect future results. The Company does not undertake to update any forward looking statements.

 

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