DivX Technology to be Added to PLAYSTATION 3


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DivX Technology to be Added to PLAYSTATION(R)3

TOKYO & SAN DIEGO, Nov 13, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE) — DIVX | charts | news | PowerRating — DivX, Inc. (NASDAQ:DIVX) today announced that DivX(R) video technology will be integrated into PLAYSTATION(R)3 (PS3(TM)) from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE). The popular computer entertainment system will be added to the ecosystem of devices that currently support DivX video playback. To date, over 100 million DivX Certified(R) products have been shipped into the market, and it is anticipated PS3 will significantly expand that number.

“We are excited to work with Sony Computer Entertainment to bring DivX to PS3,” said Kevin Hell, CEO of DivX, Inc. “Our technology will expand the multimedia functionality of PS3 by enabling users to enjoy access to the broad library of content in the DivX digital media format.”

Products that bear the DivX Certified logo have undergone a rigorous testing program to ensure a high-quality DivX media experience that includes reliable video playback and excellent visual quality. DivX is currently working to certify PS3 and deliver a superior digital media technology to consumers in the near future. Current PS3 end users will be able to add DivX functionality to their systems via a separate system software update at a forthcoming date. PS3 game title developers will be able to utilize DivX’s decoder technology by updating the system software of PS3’s Software Development Kit to version 2.00, which was released by SCE on November 2nd.

To learn about DivX technology, please visit www.divx.com.

About DivX

DivX, Inc. is a digital media company that enables consumers to enjoy a high-quality video experience across any kind of device. DivX creates, distributes and licenses digital video technologies that span the “three screens” comprising today’s consumer media environment–the PC, the television and mobile devices. Over 100 million DivX Certified devices have shipped into the market from leading consumer electronics manufacturers. DivX also offers content providers and publishers a complete solution for the distribution of secure, high-quality digital video content. Driven by a globally recognized brand and a passionate community of hundreds of millions of consumers, DivX is simplifying the video experience to enable the digital home.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release that are not strictly historical in nature constitute “forward-looking statements.” Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding DivX’s visibility within the investment community. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause DivX’s actual results to be materially different from historical results or from any results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to: the risk that customer use of DivX technology may not grow as anticipated; the risk that anticipated market opportunities may not materialize at expected levels, or at all; the risk that the Company’s activities may not result in the growth of profitable revenue; risks and uncertainties related to the maintenance and strength of the DivX brand; risks associated with DivX’s ability to penetrate existing and new markets; risks regarding the effects of competition; DivX’s dependence on its licensees and partners; the effect of intellectual property rights claims; and other factors discussed in the “Risk Factors” section of DivX’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on August 14, 2007. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. DivX is providing this information as of the date of this release and does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

“PLAYSTATION” is a registered trademark and “PS3″ is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

SOURCE: DivX, Inc.

DivX, Inc. Bruce Lidl, 858.882.0815 (Media Contact) blidl@divxcorp.com Karen Fisher, 858.882.6415 (Investor Contact) kfisher@divxcorp.com or The Blueshirt Group Todd Friedman or Stacie Bosinoff, 415.217.7722 todd@blueshirtgroup.com or stacie@blueshirtgroup.com

DivX Technology to be Added to PLAYSTATION(R)3


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  1. #1 by ehandlr on November 13th, 2007 [ 44542 Points ]

    now for xvid and mkv support

  2. #2 by Henning on November 13th, 2007 [ 0 Points ]

    Just no pleasing people…

  3. #3 by ehandlr on November 13th, 2007 [ 44542 Points ]

    hehe I’m pleased. but the more file formats they support the less formatting I have to do. Not to mention DIVX isn’t as popular as it once was. MKV is a Japanese extension anyways…Sony should be able to pick that one right up hehe. I need my subtitles.

  4. #4 by Sarlac on November 13th, 2007

    divx support means most if not all xvid files will work fine, and they could easily allow support for external subtitle files, but most likely won’t.

  5. #5 by Rene on November 13th, 2007

    Sounds good. Hopefully, one day, I will be able to actually stream media in DivX or H.264 from my USB HD, over my Wifi network, through my PS3, to my TV.

    Basically, I just want Apple TV functionality :)

  6. #6 by 60hz on November 13th, 2007

    mkv is just a container not a codec, mkv files are commonly used to contain h.264 encoded HD movies and PS3 already has the needed h.264 codec used by the blue-ray format. This means sony doesn’t need any other license to let users play mkv.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mkv

    I bet most xvid will play just fine when they release their official DivX player.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xvid

    Xvid encoded files can be written to a CD or DVD and played in a DivX compatible DVD player. However, Xvid can optionally encode video with advanced features that most DivX Certified set-top players do not support. Files encoded with global motion compensation, Qpel, MPEG quantization, multiple B-frames or files that exceed the VBV limitations may not play back properly on DivX Certified hardware devices.

  7. #7 by John on November 13th, 2007

    Excellent news, this just made my day!
    Add video folders and I won’t need no HTPC anymore!

  8. #8 by Sarlac on November 13th, 2007

    already have video folders

  9. #9 by ehandlr on November 13th, 2007 [ 44542 Points ]

    yes I love my video folders.

  10. #10 by Tosh Hatch on November 13th, 2007 [ 1102 Points ]

    I love the video folders as well. But I was sad to see that the live video thumbnail doesn’t work in the folders …

  11. #11 by bunnyhero on November 13th, 2007 [ 1850 Points ]

    that is awesome news!!

  12. #12 by JimmyStewart on November 13th, 2007

    Wonderful news! I was waiting to see if the rumors of the 360 adding support would end up being true, but now it looks like I have a new option to put in the bedroom.

    I just wish we knew when… sounds like it could be really soon!

  13. #13 by Segitz on November 13th, 2007 [ 1470 Points ]

    This was unexpected… Sony (iirc) never released a divx compatible DVD player but many other big companys did (like Panasonic or Yamaha).

  14. #14 by Emrah on November 13th, 2007

    I think sony *has* divx compatible dvd players. But I also was not expecting this, because sony would have to pay for the DivX license, I guess. Anyway, will there be some subtitle support? If there is no subtitle support for srt’s and sub’s, it won’t be much use to me (I am glad we have tversity, it was a bitch to set up but now I can stream avi files from my PC to PS3)

  15. #15 by Sporty on November 13th, 2007 [ 95 Points ]

    This is pretty sweet.

    I’m surprised Sony didn’t bypass Divx license and just go the xVid route since it’s open source.

    This means smoother, better looking xVid/Divx since no transcoding. Can also store them locally and take the PC out of it.

  16. #16 by Andy on November 13th, 2007

    @Rene, I agree, I have got enough inputs on my hi-fi to have both AppleTV and PS3. All I need is for the PS3 to bea ble to playback my purchased iTunes music and I’m happy.

    I’m using TwonkyVision to stream photos and ripped CDs fro my Mac.

  17. #17 by Andy on November 13th, 2007

    I meant “haven’t got enough inputs”…

  18. #18 by bobeotm on November 13th, 2007

    This is awesome news. Alot of the movies on my PC are using divx codecs. and It will be nice to be able to get that streaming to my PS3 (since my vaio laptop is DLNA certified, they will see and communicate with eachother without issues).

  19. #19 by SL33PY on November 14th, 2007

    This is awesome news.

    More supported media = more potential = potentially more buyers?

    I think yes, what do you think?

  20. #20 by JimmyStewart on November 15th, 2007

    SL33PY “More supported media = more potential = potentially more buyers?”

    I can verify, that yes this is true. I just picked up my second PS3 today almost entirely because of this… adding Blu-Ray to the bedroom and a $319 price tag didn’t hurt either.

  21. #21 by Essays Online on February 1st, 2010

    DivX technology to be added to playstation 3? This is the most awesome news I heard today! I think many people will be happier to hear this one!


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