Category Archives: Sonic Solutions

Sonic Solutions featured in Reuters: Sonic and Sears strike deal on online TV and movies

The California-based Sonic has similar deals in place with Blockbuster Inc and Best BUY Co Inc.

Under Sonic’s latest multiyear deal, the operator of Sears and Kmart stores has licensed Sonic’s RoxioNow platform to sell digital entertainment under the Sears and Kmart brand names.

Sears is expected to launch the portal later this year, which will allow consumers to access Hollywood content on TVs, Blu-ray players and mobile phones.

 By Alex Dobuzinskis

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Sonic Solutions featured in NewTeeVee: Sonic Signs Up Sears to Use Its RoxioNow Digital Storefront

Sonic Solutions has signed up another retailer to use its RoxioNow streaming video service, which delivers Hollywood content to a wide range of consumer electronics devices. Sears has agreed to a multi-year licensing deal through which it will offer movies and TV shows for rental or purchase on the RoxioNow platform.

By Ryan Lawler

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Sonic Solutions featured in Home Media Magazine: Sears Eyes Movie Downloads

Sears Holdings, parent company of Sears and Kmart, and Sonic Solutions June 22 said they have entered into an agreement to facilitate distribution of movies from the Internet via myriad devices, including televisions, Blu-ray Disc players and mobile phones.

Sears said it will incorporate and promote nationwide Sonic’s RoxioNow download technology in a variety of other digital services later this year. The platform enables retailers and consumer electronics companies to engage in the rapidly evolving entertainment supply chain through diversified product offerings, and better inform customers about digital distribution.

By Erik Gruenwedel

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Sonic Solutions featured in Cnet: Sears, Kmart to offer streaming movie service

Here’s how you know streaming video has gone mainstream: when mass market retailers are getting in on the game.

 Scheduled for a holiday release is a new digital video service that will be available on TVs and Blu-ray players sold at Sears and Kmart. It’s called Alphaline Entertainment, and will be available on devices from Sharp, LG, Sony, Samsung, Panasonic, and RCA by the end of the year. Customers will be walked through the set-up inside the store by customer service representatives so that they can just take it home and begin watching movie content at once.

By Erica Ogg

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Sonic Solutions featured in Bloomberg: Sears Plans Film-Download Store in Challenge to Best Buy, Apple

Sears Holdings Corp., owner of the Sears and Kmart retail chains, will start an online store to compete with Apple Inc. and Best Buy Co. in selling downloads of movies and TV shows as Web-connected devices become more common.

By Cliff Edwards

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ShoreTel featured in The Wall Street Journal: A Tough Call

Sellers of mobile devices and other high-tech communications products see small business as the hot new frontier. But so far, demand has been muted.

 Big vendors like AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. are going head to head in this market, known as unified communications, as are smaller service providers and equipment makers. What they’re all offering are tools similar to what large corporations have—a mix of Internet and phone services, like customer-service applications, instant messaging and email. Many of these services and products will allow small businesses to field more mobile workers, track their whereabouts and cut back on outdated infrastructure like land lines.

By Roger Cheng

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Sonic Solutions featured in Home Media Magazine: Sonic Partners With Boxee

Sonic Solutions June 15 said it inked a deal with Boxee, upstart creator of social media software and hardware, to help distribute its RoxioNow movie download software.

The partnership is the latest in a string of agreements Novato, Calif.-based Sonic has signed as it aggressively seeks to accelerate digital distribution of movies and TV programming to portable media devices and into the home from the Internet.

By Erik Gruenwedel

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Sonic Solutions featured in The Hollywood Reporter: Digital Power profile

Acquisitions big and small have been key to establishing Sonic as a quiet giant in the budding over-the-top TV category. The $300 million purchase of DivX announced last week will allow consumers to watch Internet-delivered movies on many devices that weren’t in Sonic’s footprint. Enabling consumers to buy those movies in the first place was ensured in 2008 when Sonic bought CinemaNow for just $3 million.

By Andrew Wallenstein

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Sonic Solutions featured in VentureBeat: Sonic Solutions to buy DivX in $323M bid to become digital media leader

Sonic Solutions has agreed to buy digital media firm DivX for $323 million as part of a plan to become a leader in the delivery of Internet video.

Novato, Calif.-based Sonic, which owns the Roxio DVD burning suite and the CinemaNow movie-download service, has agreed to buy San Diego, Calif.-based DivX for $3.75 a share in cash and 0.514 shares of Sonic common stock for each share of DivX. The acquisition is subject to shareholder approval and is expected to close in September.

By Dean Takahashi

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Sonic Solutions featured in Wall Street Journal Blog: Sonic Hopes DivX Provides a Leg Up in Move to the Cloud

Sonic Solutions and DivX are mid-sized companies that built prominent brands in digital media, and modified their strategies as the Internet has transformed that business. Now they are trying a more radical step: joining forces.

By Don Clark

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