7/11/2002 - Planetweb, the leading developer of embedded consumer electronics software applications for OEMs worldwide, today announced that its digital entertainment software is shipping in the U.S. on the new lineup of enhanced DVD players from Toshiba. The SD-3800 and SD-4800 are the first models from Toshiba to include Planetweb's digital photo viewing software application.
Equipped with Planetweb's digital photo viewing software and superior image quality, the Toshiba SD-3800 and SD-4800 enable consumers to easily download their digital photos from the DVD player and view them on their television. The application allows consumers to view photos in full screen or thumbnail format, and to create slideshows using the controls on the standard DVD remote. Key to this process is the ease and simplicity in navigating the highly intuitive Planetweb photo viewer user interface. Planetweb's software enables the Toshiba SD-3800 and SD-4800 to read picture CDs from Kodak, Fuji and Canon.
"Toshiba continues to expand its broad range of DVD players to satisfy the market's fast-growing demand for superior digital entertainment," said Craig Eggers, director of product merchandising at Toshiba. "The added-value entertainment software powered by Planetweb on our latest line of DVD players makes it easy for consumers to enhance their home entertainment experience."
"The TV is emerging at the center of digital entertainment," said Danielle Levitas, director, consumer devices and technologies and interactive service at IDC. "Consumer electronics manufacturers are delivering enhanced DVD players with new features that bring a compelling and convenient entertainment experience into the living room."
"Our goal is to develop technology that makes enjoying digital entertainment easier for consumers, and to deliver it on popular devices," said Ken Soohoo, president and CEO of Planetweb. "With Toshiba added to our growing roster of customers, we're well positioned to lead the next generation of digital entertainment into the living rooms of an enormous number of consumers."
The SD-3800 and SD-4800 DVD players from Toshiba are available at leading national, regional and independent retailers across the U.S.
About Toshiba America Consumer Products, Inc.
Toshiba America Consumer Products, Inc. is an independent operating company, owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, a world leader in high technology products with subsidiaries worldwide.
About Planetweb, Inc.
Planetweb is the leading developer of consumer electronics software applications and services for OEMs and silicon chip manufacturers worldwide. These applications and services bring popular features and functionality to digital entertainment devices in the living room, including DVD players, game consoles, set-top boxes and interactive televisions. Planetweb is the only company offering a full suite of offline and online applications, including the Digital Photo Manager(TM), Digital Audio Manager(TM), DVD-ROM Content Viewer and an Internet Communications package, which make consumer electronics devices more attractive to consumers. Planetweb products are designed to be quick and easy for manufacturers to implement and can be customized and ported to any hardware platform, even those without an operating system. Planetweb®, a privately held company, is headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, and has offices in Tokyo, Japan and London, England. Planetweb is located on the Internet at http://www.planetweb.com/
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