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BD-Live Heads to the Cloud

Panvidea and Related Content Database (RCDb) announced a new online service for encoding and preparing content for BD-Live streaming.

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Unedited press release follows:

Panvidea and RCDb Announce Advanced Blu-ray Adaptive Streaming Solution

Integrated Online Service Will Allow Media Companies to Prepare Streaming Video for over 43 Million Blu-ray Players

NEW YORK and SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 3, 2011 — Panvidea, the leading cloud-based enterprise solution for cross-platform content preparation and distribution, and Related Content Database (RCDb), a leading provider of metadata software solutions and data services for content owners and network operators, today announced a joint solution for cloud-based preparation of Blu-ray™ streaming video for the global installed base of 43 million internet-connected Blu-ray players.

The joint solution unites Panvidea’s cloud-based media processing tools with RCDb’s industry leading Blu-ray software into a one-stop solution for professional BD-Live™ content preparation. The solution is especially designed to process large libraries of content into the streaming Blu-ray format in a short, economical period of time. Media companies are able to send their content directly to Panvidea in any standard professional format and Panvidea will encode and prepare the content, optimized for RCDb powered Blu-ray streaming delivery.

The solution combines Panvidea’s on-demand and highly scalable post-production and video encoding engine with RCDb’s Blu-ray content preparation tools. Panvidea’s integrated online dashboard allows customers to manage the entire digital media distribution workflow from ingestion through delivery. Panvidea already powers the digital video processing workflows of leading media companies including A&E Television Network, FOX Broadcasting Company, and Getty Images. RCDb software powers Blu-ray disc products from leading Hollywood studios and network operators.

“It is my pleasure to announce that Panvidea’s customers will now be able to natively process streaming Blu-ray content and deliver it directly to CDN partners for OTT adaptive streaming,” said Chris Cali, Co-founder and CEO of Panvidea. “This partnership provides the most cost-effective means for content owners to process their libraries for delivery to any internet connected Blu-ray player worldwide. RCDb is the industry standard when it comes to Blu-ray streaming and this partnership will help our customers increase their digital media revenue through a fast growing global platform.”

RCDb’s licensable Blu-ray disc software platform enables a complete content owner or operator-branded streaming Blu-ray service. The software platform supports AACS encrypted delivery of SD and HD adaptive streaming, and other virtual STB features including content catalog browsing, account linking, and analytics.

“Our customers want a fast, high quality, enterprise class solution that extends their VOD offering to the global Blu-ray platform,” said Zane Vella, CEO of Related Content Database. “Panvidea’s cloud-based media processing engine promises to get them there faster and at lower cost, and with some of the highest quality encodes we’ve ever seen.”

The new joint offering is available immediately.

To view a demonstration of the joint solution, contact Panvidea at 212-967-9613 or RCDb at (415) 552-1552 x721.

About Panvidea:
Panvidea is a global leader in the preparation, processing and distribution of professional entertainment and advertising content across any digital platform. Originally founded as mPOINT in November 2007, the company re-branded in Spring 2010 with co-founder Chris Cali as CEO, to become Panvidea. Panvidea provides the only instantly scalable, on-demand solution to encode digital media elements, manage relevant metadata, edit and transform media for multiple audiences, and supply content as digital products to any platform or device. Panvidea’s secure software service eliminates the need for professional content companies to incur significant capital expenditures or pay exorbitant hourly fees to prepare their content for internal use or external digital distribution.

About RCDb:
Related Content Database (RCDb) provides communication software solutions and data services to Hollywood studios, network operators, and consumer electronics manufacturers. The RCDb software platform enables rapid integration and deployment a wide range of public and private web services to managed network set-top boxes, connected TVs, and Blu-ray discs and players. The RCDb database provides time-based metadata and services to enable monetization of digital video across multiple distribution platforms. The company also provides customer support and professional services, including development, integration, and training. RCDb Inc. has offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles.