Roxio and YesVideo Partner to Increase Distribution and Market Co-Branded Products
Roxio Makes Minority Investment in YesVideo
Santa Clara, California - (August 29, 2002) - Roxio, Inc. (Nasdaq: ROXI), the Digital Media Company®, provider of the best selling digital media software in the world, announced today it is partnering with YesVideo, the leader in videotape-to-DVD conversion, to jointly develop various marketing and distribution channels, and to share technology licensing. Additionally, Roxio announced it has made a $3 million strategic investment in YesVideo. The Eastman Kodak Company is also an investor in YesVideo.
"Analysts say Americans have 400 million hours of home movies on videotape stored in their closets. By partnering with YesVideo, we are providing our customers with a hassle-free way to convert their tapes to pristine DVDs," said Roxio President and CEO Chris Gorog. "Technology, automation, scalability, and distribution have made YesVideo the clear leader in this emerging market. Through
key relationships with Eastman Kodak and Fuji Color Services, YesVideo
has already begun rolling out its products worldwide, and is estimated
to launch in over 38,000 retail locations in 2002."
Under terms of the agreement, Roxio will have the exclusive right
to bundle, market, and distribute YesVideo products online and to
certain retailers, including Roxio's existing retail channel partners.
In turn, certain Roxio products will be bundled with YesVideo products,
expanding Roxio's already strong distribution channels to the traditional
YesVideo President and Chief Executive Officer Sai-Wai Fu said,
"Our partnership with Roxio will enable us to grow our distribution
channels significantly, while connecting us with the leading brand
name in digital media management. Additionally, the strategic investment
by Roxio will help YesVideo meet market demand, expand into Europe,
and solidify a strategic partnership with a digital media frontrunner."
YesVideo incorporates best-of-class video engineering into automation
software that enables DVD and CD video publishing on demand for
consumer and commercial video. Sai-Wai Fu, a pioneer in digital
video compression technology, founded the company in 1999. The company
operates the largest home video-to-DVD production facility in the
world in San Jose, California and operates a sister facility in
Tokyo, Japan. The company is located at 2249 Zanker Road, San Jose,
CA 95131 and can be reached on the Internet at http://www.yesvideo.com
or by phone at 408-907-7600 or (toll-free) 877-817-5375.
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in particular matters related to Roxio's OEM relationships, include
forward-looking statements that are subject to certain risks and
uncertainties, including delays in product development, competition
in the software industry, and failure to maintain OEM relationships,
that could cause actual results to differ materially from those
projected. Additional information on these and other factors are
contained in Roxio's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange
Commission (SEC), including the Company's Annual Report on Form
10-K as filed with the SEC on July 1, 2002 and Quarterly Report
on Form 10-Q as filed with the SEC on November 13, 2002, copies
of which are available at the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov.
Roxio assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements
included in this press release.
Roxio, a division of Sonic Solutions, develops and markets the best-selling digital media software in the world. Roxio offers
award-winning software products for CD/DVD burning, photo editing and video editing and has an installed base of over 150 million
users. Roxio distributes its products globally through strategic partnerships with major hardware manufacturers, through leading
retailers, through Internet partnerships and through direct sales at www.roxio.com. Roxio's
parent company, Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ: SNIC;
http://www.sonic.com) is the leader in digital media software and provides a broad range of software
tools and applications for creative professionals, business and home users and technology partners. Sonic's products range from professional
DVD authoring systems and interactive content delivery technologies that are used to produce the majority of Hollywood movies released on DVD,
to the award-winning Roxio- and Sonic-branded CD and DVD creation, playback and backup applications that have become the premiere solutions
for consumers and business users worldwide. Sonic's AuthorScript® is the de facto standard for CD and DVD burning and formatting and has
been licensed by major software and hardware manufacturers, including Adobe, Broadcom, Microsoft, Scientific-Atlanta, Sony, and many others.
Sonic Solutions is headquartered in Marin County, California.
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