Verismo Networks may not boast the namesake of a Roku, Sony or LG, but its unassuming VuNow PoD just keeps getting more and more bonny. Priced at $99, this internet-to-TV media streamer makes it simple for simpletons to get web content onto their HDTV, and after snagging YouTube support last December, the box has finally nailed down a partnership that will bring bona fide films into households. Sonic Solutions, which has certainly been on a tear of late pushing its CinemaNow platform, has agreed to let VuNow users purchase CinemaNow programming, which includes material from over 250 content providers. We're also told that this deal is far from the last we'll see in the near future, though there's no word on whether Netflix is next. If so, consider the VuNow game officially "on." Full release is after the break.
Verismo Networks Teams with Sonic to Bring Big Screen Entertainment to the Television
Verismo adds content from Roxio CinemaNow to its VuNow platform, giving consumers access to Thousands of Hollywood movies on their TVs
Mountain View, CA, July 28, 2009 – Verismo Networks and Sonic Solutions® (NASDAQ: SNIC) are bringing Hollywood blockbusters and world class films to living rooms everywhere. Adding the popular Roxio CinemaNow® content to the VuNow Internet TV platform, Verismo is enhancing the entertainment options for movie lovers – letting people watch an extensive content library directly on the TV without a computer.
Verismo's VuNow™ Internet TV platform is the first solution that allows consumers to watch and enjoy any content from the web right on their television, without having to connect a computer in between. The palm-sized VuNow Pod gives consumers access to a wide range of online video content including movies, YouTubeTM videos, and live global TV channels, with a click of the remote.
The agreement with Sonic further expands VuNow's content offerings. Through relationships with more than 250 content providers, including all major Hollywood studios, the CinemaNow library includes thousands of high-quality Hollywood movies, TV shows, and music videos.
"VuNow offers consumers the broadest choice of online video content for today's living room," said Prakash Bhalerao, CEO of Verismo Networks. "By partnering with Sonic, we're able to give our customers even more entertainment options – from TV episodes to Hollywood new releases.
"Consumers are increasingly turning to the Internet for easy and convenient access to entertainment content. Our relationship with Verismo will give entertainment lovers greater ease in accessing premium digital content from the comfort of their living rooms," said Mark Ely, executive vice president of Strategy, Sonic Solutions.
Verismo Networks sells the VuNow Pod directly to consumers online through their website as well as through Amazon.com. The platform has already generated significant interest among large Consumer OEMs, Content aggregators, Telco equipment companies, and Service providers who plan to deploy their own differentiated versions of VuNow based products.
About Verismo Networks
Verismo's VuNow platform transforms the TV set into a powerful multi-media hub with an unbelievable level of choice and ease in accessing digital entertainment. You've never seen your television like this before. The privately held company is based in Mountain View, California with offices in Bangalore, India. For more information, please visit www.verismonetworks.com.
About Sonic Solutions
Sonic Solutions® (NASDAQ: SNIC) is powering the digital media ecosystem through its complete range of Hollywood to Home™ applications, services, and technologies. Sonic's Roxio® products enable consumers to easily manage and enjoy personal digital media content and, through Roxio CinemaNow®, access premium Hollywood entertainment on a broad range of connected devices. A wide array of leading technology firms, professionals, and developers rely on Sonic to bring innovative digital media functionality to next-generation devices and platforms. Sonic Solutions is headquartered in Marin County, California.