KiSS Technology first DVD-player with support for WMV9@ 2004/03/14
At CeBIT 2004 in Hanover, KiSS Technology will showcase the one of the first DVD-players introducing the new decoder chip from Sigma Designs (Nasdaq: SIGM), which includes support for Windows Media Video 9 (WMV9). Windows Media Video 9 provides compression efficiency approximately four times that of MPEG-2 and twice that of MPEG-4.
The new DVD-players - DP-600 and DP-608 – will be the first in a range of new products to support Windows Media 9 Series. Studies and industry analysts indicate that Windows Media 9 Series format will be the final breakthrough for video-on-demand solutions over the Internet offering high quality at small file sizes.
“Windows Media 9 Series strikes the balance between delivering consumers one of the highest quality experiences while also delivering to content providers one of the most secure and cost-effective means of bringing video-on-demand solutions to life,” said Dave Fester, General Manager of the Windows Digital Media Division at Microsoft Corp. “With support for Windows Media 9 Series in consumer products like WLAN-equipped DVD-players, KiSS Technology is paving the way for a new era in delivering content around the home and over the Internet.
KiSS Technology is the first to make use of Sigma Designs’ new EM8620L digital media processor, announced at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, in regular consumer products like DVD-players. The Sigma EM8620L is the only solution in the market that provides an integrated solution for IP video, DVD, Windows Media Video 9 and MPEG-4 decoding. Sigma’s processor is based on their award-winning REALmagic® Video Streaming Technology, enabling manufacturers to easily incorporate advanced capabilities such as streaming video, progressive DVD playback, video-on-demand and picture-in-picture functionality.
“Today’s consumer is looking beyond the standard check-marks of capabilities in a new electronic device,” said Ken Lowe, VP of strategic marketing, Sigma Designs. “The smart consumer looks for advanced features and capabilities to enhance digital video and audio within the home theatre. KiSS Technologies is a brand recognized for quality, and utilizing Sigma’s solutions supports that philosophy.”
“We are proud to be the first in Europe to announce support for Windows Media 9 Series. We keep innovating to bring consumers to the forefront of technological evolution. Now we continue to promote our innovative profile, bringing support for Microsoft Windows Media 9 Video and WLAN in our DVD-players and TV’s,” says Bo Lustrup, Marketing Manager at KiSS Technology.
The KiSS DP-600 DVD player is designed to provide consumers with the highest-quality picture and sound. In addition to WMV-9 compatibility, the DP-600 offers progressive scan technology that enhances the visual experience, MPEG-4 support, MP3 and Ogg Vorbis playback, advanced user interface, and a photo album feature for digital photo collections. The DP-600 is also equipped with a WLAN 802.11g connection for cable-free access to the Internet or home PC.
The DP-608 is similar to the DP-600, but additionally equipped with a 80GB hard drive for storing music, movies, pictures and buffering content to enhance the visual experience when receiving video on demand from the Internet.
The DP-600 will be available from the end of May, 2004, and the DP-608 from the end of June, 2004.
You can visit KiSS Technology at CeBIT in hall 20, stand C27.
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About Sigma Designs, Inc.
Sigma Designs (Nasdaq: SIGM) specializes in silicon-based MPEG decoding for streaming video, progressive DVD playback, and advanced digital set-top boxes. The company’s award-winning REALmagic® Video Streaming Technology is used in both commercial and consumer applications, providing highly integrated solutions for high-quality decoding of MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4. Headquartered in Milpitas, Calif., the company also has sales offices in China, Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. For more information, please visit the company’s web site at: www.sigmadesigns.com
About KiSS Technology
KiSS Technology A/S was founded in 1994, and in the space of a few years has established itself as one of the world's leading producers of DVD products and DVB receivers. KiSS Technology is based in Hørsholm (Greater Copenhagen) and has four areas of business: DVD solutions, DVB solutions, plasma and TFT displays, and distribution of multimedia hardware. You can read more about KiSS Technology at: