11/18/2002 - Oak Technology, a leading provider of solutions for the storage, management and display of digital content, announced that its TL8xx family of high-quality decoders and personal video recorder (PVR) controllers has been integrated into SONICblue Incorporated's (Nasdaq: SBLU) ReplayTV 5000 DVR series. By integrating several components onto a single chip, the TL8xx family helps to lower the overall cost of digital products such as ReplayTV, making digital entertainment a reality for a broader group of consumers this holiday season.
Enabled by the TL8xx product line, SONICblue's ReplayTV 5000 DVR series offers consumers a range of recording capacities and other features, including up to 320 hours of recording time*, the ability to choose to skip commercials with Commercial Advance®, and room-to-room video streaming between networked ReplayTVs. By integrating significant functionality such as multiple transport streams, descramblers, demux, CPU bridge, IDE, TV I/O, Local Bus and PCI integrated onto a single chip, the TL8xx product line is able to power certain features in SONICblue's ReplayTV 5000 DVR series at a lower cost.
"With Oak Technology's architecture, we have been able to address consumer demand by offering the ReplayTV 5000 at aggressive consumer price points while maintaining ReplayTV's high-end features," said Jeff Hastings, vice president of engineering for SONICblue.
SONICblue is shipping its low-priced ReplayTV 5000 DVR series to major retailers in preparation for high demand during the holiday season. Many analysts have predicted that there will be a significant increase in the adoption of DVR technology in 2002 and beyond, mainly due to the availability of affordable products. According to the Carmel Group, there will be 2 million DVR units installed in the U.S. by year-end 2002, and more than 28 million by year-end 2008.
"Demand for consumer Digital Video Recorders will more than double this Holiday season and winter compared to years past," said Richard Doherty, research director for The Envisioneering Group. "Driving down DVR retail price points through the use of highly integrated digital video processors such as Oak Technology's is key to sustaining consumer appetites for these products at more affordable price points."
"We are committed to supporting the availability of high-quality digital television products for consumers," said Jon Castor, senior vice president and general manager of Oak's TeraLogic Group. "Working with partners such as SONICblue, we hope to grow the global market for digital entertainment products by continuing to lower costs and increase quality, thus introducing digital television to more consumers."
* The ReplayTV 5040 is available currently in retail outlets nationwide. The ReplayTV 5080 and ReplayTV 5160 models are expected to be available later this month and the ReplayTV 5320 is expected to be available in early 2003 in similar retail outlets.
About Oak Technology
Oak Technology, Inc., a leading provider of solutions for the storage, management and display of digital content, is committed to driving the emerging world of connected consumer appliances. The company's fully integrated products and technologies target three key markets: optical storage (CD-RW and DVD for PC and consumer), digital imaging (advanced copiers, printers, faxes, scanners and MFPs) and digital home entertainment (digital TV, HDTV and PVRs).
Oak's TeraLogic Group designs integrated circuits, software and platforms for digital TV that enable the delivery of compelling entertainment, information and interactive services to the home. With products powered by TeraLogic's technologies, consumers can enjoy crystal clear video and audio, Internet, electronic commerce, electronic program guides and interactive data services. TeraLogic Group's customers and partners include Sony, Mitsubishi, Samsung, Thomson/RCA, Access, Funai, JVC, Kenwood, NDS, NEC, Oren, Panasonic, ReplayTV, Texas Instruments, VividLogic, and Wind River Systems. The company is headquarted in Sunnyvale, CA and trades on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange under the symbol OAKT.
SONICblue is a leader in the converging Internet, digital media, entertainment and consumer electronics markets. Working with partners that include some of the biggest brands in consumer electronics, SONICblue creates and markets products that let consumers enjoy all the benefits of a digital home and connected lifestyle. SONICblue holds a focused technology portfolio that includes Rio® digital audio players; ReplayTV® personal television technology and software solutions; and Go-Video® integrated DVD+VCRs, Dual-DeckTM VCRs, and digital home theater systems.
ReplayTV, Rio and Go-Video are registered trademarks and SONICblue is a trademark of SONICblue Incorporated. Oak Technology and Generation9 are registered trademarks of Oak Technology, Inc. The Oak logo is a common law trademark of Oak Technology, Inc.
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