Ventures News: PacketVidao Demonstrates Dual Mode 3GPP and Windows Media 9 Series Multimedia Player for Symbian Series 60 Phones
Cannes GSM World Congress - 2.17.2003
Responding to customer demand for multiple wireless media formats, PacketVideo today demonstrated their new Dual Mode pvPlayer, which supports both PacketVideo 3GPP compliant video and Microsoft® Windows Media 9 Series audio and video content, played on Symbian Series 60 devices. The new PacketVideo software was demonstrated running on Nokia 3650 videophones at the PacketVideo booth (Hall 4, Stand L22) at GSM World Congress.
PacketVideos dual mode multimedia technology will make it possible for mobile operators to offer both of the leading media formats to mobile customers. 3GPP-compliant MPEG-4 media is well known as the leading standard for wireless multimedia, ideally suited for video-enabled phones like the Nokia 3650 and Sony Ericsson P800. As the leading audio and video format for subscription services around the world, Windows Media 9 Series support by PacketVideo offers content owners the ability to have one format that scales to any distribution opportunity - from the big screen, to the PC screen, or down to any handheld mobile device. The Dual Mode pvPlayer is compatible with PacketVideos pv3 Mobilemedia System, which will deliver both media types, giving operators tremendous flexibility.
The new offering further extends the leadership of PacketVideo Embedded Solutions as the mobilemedia solutions of choice for leading handset manufacturers in Europe, Asia, Japan and North America, and opens up new distribution opportunities for music and video content using the quality and security of Windows Media 9 Series.
This is a major breakthrough for the development of multimedia phones, said Patrick Parodi, PacketVideo Director, European Business Development. Our new Dual Mode pvPlayer will enable consumers to seamlessly receive and view the two major video formats in new Series 60 handsets. This will provide both mobilemedia carriers and enthusiasts with increased flexibility, as well as drive the development of compelling new media content for mobile services everywhere.
This is exactly the kind of multimedia product that mobile operators need, said Marc Gesbert, Mobile Video Project Leader of Orange innovation France. PacketVideos dual mode player, with both media types on attractive new devices, will spur the launch of innovative multimedia services to enhance communications and create new revenue streams.
PacketVideos Dual Mode pvPlayer is the latest handset development resulting from the licensing agreement announced by PacketVideo and Microsoft Corp. in September of 2002. In October, PacketVideo demonstrated live streaming of 3GPP compliant video over a GPRS mobile network at the launch of the Windows® Powered Orange Smartphone in London. In addition to the Dual Mode pvPlayer demonstrated at the PacketVideo stand, streaming of 3GPP compliant video and Microsoft® Windows Media audio and video content, played on SPV Windows powered smartphone devices was demonstrated in the Microsoft stand. Running PacketVideo software, the SPV Smartphone was shown to be capable of streaming 3GPP content using pvPlayer, and Windows Media content using Windows Media Player. PacketVideos pv3 Mobilemedia System is based on standards adopted by the wireless industry through organizations such as the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP and 3GPP2) to enable new services such as mobile-media streaming and Multimedia Messaging (MMS). It has been adopted by leading mobile operators globally.
About PacketVideo Technology
PacketVideos pv3 Mobilemedia System is the worlds leading 3GPP- compliant wireless multimedia solution that encodes, delivers and decodes wireless multimedia, video and audio over error-prone wireless networks. pv3 Mobilemedia System is a carrier-class solution comprised of pvAuthor for encoding content, pvServer for controlling and delivering rich media, and pvPlayer for decoding and displaying content on mobile devices. PacketVideo has also developed and launched pvCamcorder, pvAuthor and pv2way Embedded Solutions that allow mobile device manufacturers to quickly and cost-effectively bring products to market with customized decoding, encoding and two-way video-conferencing capabilities.
PV Embedded Solutions are licensable integrated building blocks that lower development risks by delivering prevalidated, application-targeted software subsystems to reduce design and development schedules for the inclusion of mobile-media capabilities in handsets.
PacketVideo is the worlds leading provider of carrier class mobilemedia software. PacketVideos standards-based software products enable the creation and distribution of one- and two-way video, high-quality audio, animation and rich graphics over wireless networks to mobile devices such as phones and PDAs. PacketVideos pv3 Mobilemedia System, including pvAuthor 3, pvPlayer3, pvServer3, and pvCamcorder, delivers the highest quality media experience possible in every mobile environment. PacketVideos mobilemedia products enhance communication, productivity, security, information and entertainment, enabling the delivery of an enriching and productive mobile experience. For more information, visit www.pv.com
PacketVideos investors include AOL Time Warner (NYSE: AOL), Comverse Technology (Nasdaq: CMVT), Credit Suisse First Boston, GE Equity (NYSE: GE), Infineon Technologies (NYSE: IFX), Intel Capital (Nasdaq: INTC), Kyocera (NYSE: KYO), Motorola (NYSE: MOT), Philips (NYSE: PHG), QUALCOMM (Nasdaq: QCOM), Siemens Mustang Ventures, SAIC, Sony Corporation of America (NYSE: SNE), Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq: SUNW), Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN), and others.