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Yamaha Launches DivX Plus HD Certified Blu-ray Players

DivX, Inc. and Yamaha announced at the IFA trade show the worldwide launch of Yamaha DivX Plus HD Certified Blu-ray players.

According to the statement, Yamaha’s new line of Blu-ray players are 3D-ready and feature universal playback (BD, SACD, DVD-Audio/Video, CD). The BD-S1067 will be available in Europe to start, and Yamaha plans to launch additional DivX HD Certified Blu-ray player models in North America, Oceania and other areas in the future.

For more information visit: www.divx.com ; www.global.yamaha.com


Unedited press release follows:


DivX and Yamaha Announce Worldwide Launch of DivX Plus™ HD Certified Blu-ray Disc Players

New 3D-ready players bring best in visual quality and full-featured media playback including DivX MKV files

SAN DIEGO and BERLIN, Sept. 2 — DivX, Inc. (Nasdaq:  DIVX), a leading digital media company connecting people and entertainment, and Yamaha, an international leader in audio and video products, today announced at the IFA trade show the worldwide launch of Yamaha DivX Plus™ HD Certified Blu-ray players. These new 3D-ready players bring the best in visual quality and full-featured media capabilities, enabling stunning playback of full 1080p DivX Plus HD video using the MKV container.

Yamaha’s new line of Blu-ray players are 3D-ready and feature universal playback (BD, SA-CD, DVD-Audio/Video, CD). The BD-S1067 will be available in Europe to start, and Yamaha plans to launch additional DivX HD Certified Blu-ray player models in North America, Oceania and other areas in the future.

With DivX Plus HD technology, these Blu-ray devices will empower consumers to enjoy their personal and Internet video collections in the DivX format directly on their TVs. DivX makes it simple to load and playback digital videos up to 1080p and Hollywood movies in DivX.

DivX Plus HD Certification is the premium level of certification available from DivX, optimized for consumer electronics products and supports the playback of all content created with DivX software. Available on www.divx.com, DivX Plus Software allows users to create and playback H.264 video in an .mkv file container. DivX Plus HD Certified devices will playback all previous versions of DivX video and DivX Plus HD video files with the .mkv file extension and AAC audio created with third-party tools.

Known for great performance, visual quality and interoperability on any DivX Certified® device, DivX provides consumers with a comprehensive digital media solution supporting the majority of high-quality Internet video on their TVs or other consumer electronics devices. In addition, DivX also supports the secure playback of major Hollywood titles from major studios, and many online movie download sites now distribute Hollywood content in the DivX format worldwide.

“We are pleased to partner with an industry leader such as Yamaha to add DivX Plus HD Certification to their new global Blu-ray line,” said Matt Milne, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, DivX, Inc. “OEMs recognize the value of DivX Plus HD Certification as a way to take HD video to the next level at home or on the go.”

“At Yamaha we are known for our unique heritage of artisanship and technological know-how, and our partnership with DivX to enhance our video playback capabilities reflects that commitment to excellence,” said Shuichi Esaki, AV Technology Development Department Manager, Yamaha. “With DivX Plus HD support for MKV video playback, our new players will transform how consumers enjoy HD movies and Internet video.”

About DivX
DivX, Inc. is a leading digital media company that enables consumers to enjoy a high-quality video experience across any kind of device. DivX creates, distributes and licenses digital video technologies that span the “three screens” comprising today’s consumer media environment—the PC, the television and mobile devices. Over 300 million DivX devices have shipped into the market worldwide from leading consumer electronics manufacturers. DivX also offers content providers and publishers a complete solution for the distribution of secure, high-quality digital video content. Driven by a globally recognized brand and a passionate community of hundreds of millions of consumers, DivX is simplifying the video experience to enable the digital home.

On June 2, 2010, DivX, Inc. and Sonic Solutions announced a proposed merger transaction.  Sonic Solutions has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) a registration statement on Form S-4 containing a preliminary joint proxy statement/prospectus in connection with the proposed merger and both companies intend to mail a definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant documents to Sonic and DivX shareholders following such time that the registration statement is declared effective by the SEC.

About YAMAHA CORPORATION
Yamaha, founded in 1887, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of comprehensive music instruments. Yamaha has grown through developing a broad spectrum of businesses, including audio and video products, electronic devices and information technology products. In the audio and video products business fields, based on years of know-how in construction acoustics, semiconductor technology, and acoustic design, Yamaha offers digital home theater systems that fully exploit Yamaha’s original digital sound field processing (DSP) technology. Yamaha is headquartered in Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka, Japan, and its group now has 93 sales and production subsidiaries.

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