Sonic Solutions today announced that SnapStream has chosen Sonic's AuthorScript to bring DVD burning capabilities to Beyond TV, the company's PC Digital Video Recorder (DVR) application.
Available now, the optional DVD-burning plug-in enables Beyond TV owners to author DVDs of saved TV shows for playback on a broad range of set-top DVD players. This latest agreement reinforces the versatility of AuthorScript, which was also selected recently to enable DVD recording features in Windows Vista and high-quality DVD playback in a future version of Nintendo's Wii gaming console.
"We are very excited to be working with Sonic Solutions to expand our Beyond TV offering," said Rakesh Agrawal, CEO, SnapStream Inc. "Thanks to Sonic technology, Beyond TV customers can now create DVD libraries of saved programming and enjoy their favorite shows at their convenience in the comfort of their living rooms. Sonic AuthorScript was the ideal solution, providing not only the proven authoring engine, but also the implementation flexibility necessary to ensure DVD creation became a tightly-integrated component of the Beyond TV experience."
Easy to install and configure, Beyond TV software enables consumers to record and watch TV on their PC. Similar to a set-top DVR, Beyond TV allows users to record programs for enjoyment at a later time as well as pause, fast-forward and rewind live television. Key features of the application include an integrated electronic program guide with powerful search capabilities, a SmartSkip feature for quickly passing commercial blocks, and extensive codec support that allows users to compress content to preserve hard drive space as well as prepare recorded content for enjoyment on portable devices. The new DVD burning plug-in integrates seamlessly into the Beyond TV workflow and enables users to easily record favorite shows to disc complete with menus, content titles, and SmartSkip chapter points. For more information regarding Beyond TV and the DVD burning Plug-in, visit: http://www.snapstream.com.
"We are extremely pleased to be working with SnapStream to enhance the capabilities of Beyond TV, an innovative application that makes consumers' digital media experience more rewarding by enabling them to enjoy favorite TV entertainment on their own terms," said Mark Ely, executive vice president of strategy, Sonic Solutions. "With installations of AuthorScript in the tens of millions in 2007, Sonic technology will continue to play the leading role in shaping the future of digital media."