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PRESS RELEASE: Intervideo's WinDVD Platinum 5 Named Editor's Choice by PC Answers Magazine
FREMONT, Calif.-January 29, 2004-InterVideo, Inc. (NASDAQ: IVII), announced today that WinDVD Platinum 5 has earned a record 91 percent review score from PC Answers, a leading UK consumer PC magazine, making it the editor's choice for software DVD playback on a PC. Designed for discerning users who want the best in audio and video playback, WinDVD Platinum 5 makes watching videos on a PC or a laptop easier and more entertaining.
PC Answers focuses on consumers who want to get more out of their systems and
regularly provides reviews of the latest hardware and software products. After
reviewing WinDVD Platinum 5, PC Answers summarizes by saying "When it comes to
DVD playback, this is the only package that you'll need." "We're honored to have WinDVD5 recognized by such a well-respected magazine and agree with PC Answer's reviewer, Nick Peers, who feels that 'Just because you're watching a DVD on your PC, rather than a TV, doesn't mean that you have to put up with fewer features and reduced image and audio quality,'" said Steve Ro, founder and CEO of InterVideo. "Consumers have continued to become increasingly sophisticated in what they expect from their video experience and InterVideo is committed to meeting their needs with new features and new technologies."
In the review, PC Answers highlighted several new features that set WinDVD
Platinum 5 apart from the competition, including the enhanced audio capabilities and InterVideo's new Smart Stretch technology. The advanced audio functionalities include Dolby“Virtual Speaker Technology, a technology that replicates rich, 5.1 surround sound with only two speakers, and support for DSP Audio Effects, Dolby EX, Dolby Pro Logic II, Dolby Headphone technology and 96-kHz/24-bit audio decode support. With InterVideo's new Smart Stretch technology, users can adjust the settings to reduce the distortion around the edge of the image that occurs when changing movies from the 16:9 format to 4:3. Distortion is minimized by only stretching the edges of the video and maintaining the original content in the center portion of the image. WinDVD 5 also includes InterVideo Mobile Technology to help users extend the battery life and playback time of mobile PCs featuring Intel's new Centrino mobile technology and other Intel notebook processors.
Other WinDVD5 features include Advanced Screen Capture options that let users grab screen shots for emailing or setting as wallpaper, InterVideo's proprietary Time-stretching technology that lets users watch a movie in the time they have, and TV-out support that combines with a TV-out board for using a PC as a living room DVD player. And with optimizations for Intel's Hyper-Threading technology, WinDVD5 customers can now watch DVDs while working on their computer or surfing the Web.
InterVideo markets WinDVD to consumers and hardware OEMs, including manufacturers of PCs, video cards, camcorders, disk drives and consumer electronics products. It can be used with PC and laptop computers running Windows 98/2000/Me/XP.
WinDVD5 is available at InterVideo's web site at www.intervideo.com and at retail outlets around the world. Suggested list prices are $49.95 for WinDVD Gold 5,the standard consumer edition and $69.95 for WinDVD Platinum 5, InterVideo's high-end version.
(First posted on Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 16:11 EST)