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Thursday, December 01, 2005
Intel's Viiv Concept Supported by Major Multimedia Makers

Intel continues its efforts to stoke users with its Viiv technology PC platform with another press release, which includes information about the technology and its backers.

Intel said it is working with a wide variety of movie, music, television, gaming and photo editing companies worldwide and announced that more than 40 are already testing and verifying services and software applications to meet this objective.

Intel Viiv technology, expected to be available in the first quarter of 2006, is designed to manage the enjoyment of digital entertainment in the home. Throughout next year, the number of verified content services and applications available will grow to include such verified consumer devices and networked media devices as portable media players, digital media adapters, digital TVs, DVD players and routers.

Intel is providing the engineering support, specifications and verification tools to content owners, content distributors, portals, software application developers and device vendors to help deliver Internet-based content services and software applications that are tested and verified to work with an Intel Viiv technology-based PC.

Intel is also working with these providers to offer download of their content to portable media devices, such as those from Creative and Dell that will also be verified to work with an Intel Viiv technology-based PC. Each service and application will carry an identifier that reads, "Enjoy with Intel Viiv technology."

In the second half of 2006, personal and premium content services, applications and devices will also work with software from Intel that enables content to be shared across a home network to Intel Viiv technology verified devices.

The content services and applications announced today will be available in many locations around the world. Intel is working with some of these companies to make promotional offers and content available to Intel Viiv technology-based PC owners next year. The content categories that Intel is enabling for Intel Viiv technology include:

Movies, Video, TV: Rent and download hundreds to thousands of major motion picture and independent movies via subscription-based, pay-per-view or free video-on-demand services. Intel is working with such companies as Afendis AG, arvato mobile, Bellrock Media Japan Inc., British Sky Broadcasting, Broadband Tower, Inc., Canal + Group, Glowria, Gretech Corp.,, MEDION AG, Movielink, NEC,, Telecom Italia, Tiantian Online Inc., TiscaliS.p.A., TiVo, T-Online International, Usen Corp., webs-tv Digital International Co. to enable and bring these types of movie, video and TV applications and online services to Intel Viiv technology-based PCs.

Music: Purchase the latest hits or subscribe to services to download and listen to thousands of music tracks in your home or on a portable media device. Intel is working with companies worldwide, including Afendis AG, arvato mobile, Avex Network Inc., Gretech Corp., Loudeye, MEDION AG, Napster, Oricon Inc., SK Telecom, Skysoft Co. Ltd., Telecom Italia, Tiantian Online Inc., and VirginMega.

Games: Play a purchased premier title game, including several number one titles in a variety of local markets, online with other players or play a Web-based game alone. Sample subscription-based and free gaming services that allow for multiple downloads for family and friend involvement. These types of gaming applications and services will be available, accessible or enabled on Intel Viiv technology-based PCs by such companies as arvato mobile, CAPCOM, CCR Inc., DISCover's My Games, Exent Technologies, Metaboli, NHN, Ourgame, Square Enix Co., Telecom Italia, The 9 Limited, TWP Corp., and Ubisoft.

Photos: Use photo editing software to organize, edit and share personal photos in a slideshow format on the TV screen in the living room. Intel is working with such companies as Adobe, arvato mobile, CyberLink Corp., muvee Technologies, Pinnacle, Ulead Systems, and Sonic Solutions to bring these types of applications and services to Intel Viiv technology-based PCs.

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