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SnapStream Media Joins DVD+RW Alliance

PC Software Company to Incorporate Rewritable DVD Technology Into Personal Video Recording and Streaming Products

HOUSTON, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- SnapStream Media, a developer of consumer entertainment software for desktop and portable PCs, announced today that it has become an official member of the DVD+RW (Digital Versatile Disk plus ReWritable) Alliance, a group of companies committed to the benefits of the DVD+RW format.

SnapStream's PVS software allows consumers to turn their PCs into personal video recorders with the enhanced functionality of being able to watch digitally-recorded television programs using PCs, home networks, LANs or Pocket PC PDAs.

"There is growing demand among consumers for adding DVD+RW technology to personal video recorder software such as SnapStream," said Rakesh Agrawal, CEO and co-founder, SnapStream Media. "By integrating DVD+RW technology into our consumer video recording product, SnapStream PVS, we can offer our customers the ability to burn their favorite TV shows to rewritable DVDs where they can be played in DVD players and DVD-ROM drives or kept for future enjoyment."

"With DVD+RW products for both PC and consumer recording now becoming available, we see new possibilities and applications in DVD recording emerging for the consumer," said Frans C. Bos, steering committee chairman of the DVD+RW Alliance. "SnapStream's application, used in conjunction with DVD+RW technology, brings true convergence to the consumer and helps them create their own compatible DVDs."

By joining the Alliance, SnapStream plans to market, develop and produce DVD+RW products in the 2001-2002 time frame and will lend its name and logo to promotional materials related to the new recording format.

About DVD+RW

The DVD+RW format is capable of recording up to 4.7 gigabytes of digital video, images or data. This equates to roughly the storage capacity of seven CD-R/RWs and the potential to store thousands of digital photographs or approximately two hours of digital video. In addition, the DVD+RW format supports write once DVD+R capability. To date, more than 40 companies support the DVD+RW format.

About The DVD+RW Alliance

Hewlett-Packard Company, MCC/Verbatim, Philips Electronics, Ricoh Company Ltd., Sony Corporation and Yamaha Corporation, the developers, promoters and leaders in CD-R and CD-RW technology, are developing the next generation of optical storage technology with the DVD+RW format. The companies promote the universally compatible, rewritable DVD format that enables true convergence between personal computing and consumer electronics products. DVD+RW discs written on a DVD+RW recorder can be read and played on the vast majority of existing and future DVD-Video players and DVD-ROM drives. Dell Computer Corporation and Thomson Multimedia, manufacturer of RCA entertainment products, recently joined the companies to actively support and promote DVD+RW. More than 40 additional companies have formally pledged support for DVD+R and DVD+RW technology. Further details about the DVD+RW Alliance and supporting companies can be found at www.dvdrw.com .

About SnapStream PVS

SnapStream PVS makes it easy for users to record their favorite TV shows on the PC and then watch those shows anytime, anywhere. TV shows recorded by SnapStream can be viewed on PC devices, over home networks, LANs or Pocket PC handheld devices. SnapStream Media launched SnapStream PVS and the Pocket PVS module at the Consumer Electronics Show 2001 where the company was nominated for a Best of Show award.

About SnapStream Media

SnapStream Media was founded in 1999 by Richard Kuo and Rakesh Agrawal. Houston-based and privately held, SnapStream Media's mission is to create compelling entertainment applications that embrace both traditional and new consumer electronics devices. Interested parties can find more information about SnapStream Media and its products at http://www.snapstream.com/

SOURCE: SnapStream Media




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