Verbatim Americas, LLC, a key media developer for the new DVD Download specification from the DVD Forum, announced today a complete line of Qflix DVD media. Qflix technology, licensed from Sonic Solutions, allows movies and other video content to be downloaded and legally burned using recordable Content Scramble System (CSS) technology. Backed by Verbatim's decades-long reputation for delivering media with the highest-quality and broadest compatibility, the new product line will include both Qflix consumer media and printable Qflix Pro media for enterprise use. Verbatim Qflix media will be released to coincide with the availability of Qflix drives and video download services in Q1 2008.
The applications for Verbatim's new Qflix media span every consumer, retail and commercial download and burn application, including DVD burning on home PCs, in-store kiosk burning, and manufacturing on demand (MOD) services.
"Verbatim views Qflix technology as an entertainment breakthrough," said Tim Clatterbuck, Verbatim Optical Storage Manager. "High-quality media that provides broad compatibility will be key to the rapid adoption rate of this technology, and that's where Verbatim media excels. In addition, through our collaboration with Sonic and the leading burner/recorder manufacturers, our Qflix customers can be confident that they also have the best compatibility between Qflix hardware and our media."
Verbatim Qflix media is compatible with all Qflix recording hardware; and once burned, can be played back in the vast majority of the nearly one billion consumer DVD players worldwide, all of which have built-in CSS support.
"We are delighted to have Verbatim as an official manufacturer and distributor of Qflix DVDs," said Jim Taylor, senior vice president and general manager of Sonic Solutions' Advanced Technology Group. "Verbatim's strong brand and reputation will help add momentum to the launch of new, efficient models for the distribution of high-quality entertainment."
To fit a variety of business models, Verbatim Qflix media will be available in Q1 2008 with multiple disc label options. Qflix Consumer, pre-keyed with CSS, will be available in individual slimcases. For professionals, Verbatim will offer Qflix Pro in 50-pack spindles with a white inkjet coating. Verbatim Qflix Pro DVDs will also be available with a white thermal-printable coating.
The Qflix program offers a new means for content owners to release titles for custom production and sale over the Internet while maintaining the same level of copy protection used on commercially mass-produced DVDs. Sonic's Qflix program provides essential technology and IP for both the professional and consumer market. For professional and enterprise manufacturing of DVDs "on demand," the Qflix program allows production facilities to reduce the cost of carrying physical inventory while simultaneously offering extensive catalogs of content. The program also enables retailers to broaden the number of movies by augmenting physical product with on-demand DVD creation kiosks in their stores. For consumers, the Qflix program provides a long-awaited downloading and burning solution for movies and premium video content in computers and consumer electronic devices such as set-top boxes, networked DVD recorders, and DVRs.
For more information regarding the Qflix technology licensing program, please contact Qflix Licensing (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit (http://www.qflix.com).
Verbatim's businesses in the Americas, Europe/Middle East/Africa and Asia Pacific regions are wholly owned subsidiaries of Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Kagaku Media Co., Ltd. MKM's parent company, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (MCC), is Japan's largest chemical company.
Verbatim develops and markets innovative, high-quality products for storing, moving and using digital content. Known for its leadership in the optical, magnetic and flash storage and related accessories markets, the company provides reliable, unique technologies and products that are highly sought after and broadly distributed worldwide.
For more information, contact Verbatim Americas, LLC, 1200 W.T. Harris Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28262, (800) 421-4188. In Europe, Verbatim Ltd., Prestige House, 23-26 High Street, Egham, Surrey, TW20 9DU, UK, (+44) 1784 439 781. In Japan, Mitsubishi Kagaku Media Co., Ltd., 31-19, Shiba 5-Chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0014, (+81) 3-5454-3972. Or visit the web site at http://www.verbatim.com and select the country of your location.