Largest Canadian Motion Picture Exhibitor Debuts Online Movie Download Service Powered by RoxioNow
NOVATO, Calif., Nov. 24, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Sonic SolutionsÃ‚® (Nasdaq: SNIC) today announced that RoxioNow(TM) platform licensee, Cineplex Entertainment (“Cineplex”) (TSX: CGX.UN), has officially launched its online movie download service in Canada. The Cineplex introduction further extends the availability of RoxioNow outside the United States, and is part of Sonic’s broader international expansion plans. Sonic plans to announce additional initiatives outside the U.S. over the next several months.
Available now at www.Cineplex.com, the new service allows Canadian consumers to download movies online, including new releases on the same day they are released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Sonic is working with Cineplex on a multi-phase rollout that includes making the service available from a broad range of connected devices and ensuring compatibility with studio-supported digital programs. The addition of digital movies for rent or purchase complements other entertainment offerings available at www.cineplex.com such as physical disc sales and ticketing for Cineplex theatres.
“Our RoxioNow-powered online movie download service is a logical extension of the Cineplex brand and enables us to deliver a broader range of entertainment options to our customers,” said Pat Marshall, Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations at Cineplex Entertainment. “We are the first movie touch point for consumers, both online and in our theatres. Now with the addition of digital movie downloads from our Cineplex store, we are providing consumers with more choices when they experience a movie at home.”
“The Cineplex launch is an important win for Sonic, marking an additional placement for the RoxioNow platform outside of the U.S., and further exemplifying the broad range of companies that can benefit from licensing our entertainment technologies and infrastructure,” said David Cook, Senior VP and General Manager of RoxioNow, a division of Sonic Solutions. “We are delighted to be supporting Cineplex with the launch of their online movie download service and look forward to delivering Hollywood content to Canadian movie enthusiasts.”
The RoxioNow platform delivers a broad range of premium content, including new movies and next-day TV programs, to a growing, multi-manufacturer ecosystem of home and mobile electronics. RoxioNow enables storefronts for brick and mortar retailers, cable operators, PC manufacturers, game system vendors, consumer electronics makers, and Hollywood studios’ direct-to-consumer initiatives. The RoxioNow platform allows these companies to participate in the entertainment supply chain, add value to product offerings, and form ongoing relationships with customers. “Powered by RoxioNow(TM)” stores enable consumers to instantly rent and purchase high-quality entertainment on their favorite devices and, through the RoxioNow online entertainment library, access their content at any time, on any RoxioNow-powered device.
About Cineplex Entertainment
Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Cineplex Entertainment owns, leases or has a joint-venture interest in 130 theatres with 1,350 screens located from British Columbia to Quebec. As the largest motion picture exhibitor in Canada serving approximately 70 million guests annually, Cineplex Entertainment is the exclusive provider of UltraAVX(TM) and the leading exhibitor of digital, 3D and IMAX projection technologies in the country. With a workforce of approximately 10,000 employees, the company operates the following brands: Cineplex Odeon, Galaxy, Famous Players, Colossus, Coliseum, SilverCity, Cinema City and Scotiabank Theatres. Cineplex Entertainment is proud to be a major supporter of The Starlight Children’s Foundation and regularly conducts various fundraising initiatives throughout the year including the annual Starlight pin campaign. The units of Cineplex Galaxy Income Fund, which owns approximately 99.7% of Cineplex Entertainment LP, are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol CGX.UN). For more information, visit www.cineplex.com.
About Sonic Solutions
Sonic SolutionsÃ‚® (NASDAQ: SNIC) enables digital media from Hollywood to Home. For more than two decades, Sonic products, service, and technology brands including RoxioÃ‚®, RoxioNow(TM), DivXÃ‚®, and MainConceptÃ‚®, have fueled home entertainment, powered rich digital media functionality on a range of platforms for a variety of partners, and inspired unique personal media experiences for hundreds of millions of consumers. Sonic technologies are now combining to deliver a universal platform for Hollywood Studios, retailers, consumer electronics manufacturers, and PC OEMs that provides consumers instant access to premium entertainment from virtually anywhere. Sonic Solutions is headquartered in Marin County, California. Learn more at www.sonic.com.
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