Sunnyvale, California (March 13, 2000) - Macrovision Corporation (NASDAQ: MVSN) and DCM, Digital Communication Media AB of Sweden announced today that DCM has become the first European reseller of Macrovision's SafeDisc optical media copy protection system.
As a reseller, DCM, Digital Communication Media AB can now provide SafeDisc's copy protection system directly to customers of its CD-ROM disc manufacturing services. Macrovision's reseller program was developed for CD-ROM replicators to expand the company's distribution channels. The SafeDisc Reseller Program enables software publishers and content owners to obtain copy protection directly from DCM.
"We recognise the value of offering customers a single point of contact for replication, packaging, distribution and copy protection services," said Anders Sandstrom, DCM's Managing Director. Sandstrom added, "We investigated several copy protection technologies and found SafeDisc to offer superior security at an attractive price."
"We are pleased to partner with DCM who have a very strong presence in the Nordic regions and are well positioned to promote SafeDisc to a wide range of content publishers," said Paul Stevens, SafeDisc Reseller Program Manager for Europe.
"Macrovision's SafeDisc copy protection for the PC CD-ROM industry provides significant commercial opportunities for our potential resellers," continued Stevens. "Authorised resellers will have the opportunity to service a worldwide base of 25,000 customers with the backing of an established organization, infrastructure and a world leading product."
SafeDisc is comprised of an authenticating digital signature embedded on the CD-ROM disc, an encryption wrapper, and an anti-hacking technology that secures the CD-ROM executable. The patented SafeDisc digital signature cannot be copied by standard CD-R drives. SafeDisc is a turnkey solution that allows the publisher to add encryption during the normal pre-mastering process and to QA the encrypted gold disc. All the major data verification and physical test equipment vendors modified their standard QA applications to support the testing of SafeDisc-protected discs for large volume productions with the same level quality and reliability available for standard disc production. SafeDisc has demonstrated over 99% compatibility with existing PC CD-ROM hardware and software worldwide. SafeDisc was determined by Philips Electronics to be the only copy protection technology that conforms to the Yellow Book CD-ROM standards.
DCM's business concept is to be the independent local business-to-business supplier of digital information on demand. Today DCM, Digital Communication Media AB, expands its business with one new establishment every year. The companies in the DCM group are situated in Kista, Helsinki, Gothenburg, Lund and London. DCM is Sweden's leading manufacturer of CD, CD-ROM, CD-R and DVD-discs. The company also supplies storage, distribution, graphic design, printed matters, packages, organisation and supervision of the digital material. In addition, DCM supplies Webb-service and Personal CDTM the new hybrid of CD-R and Internet as well as production of CD/DVD-masters to external factories. The turnover of the group is approximately 300 Million SEK. Additional background information on DCM can be obtained from the Internet at www.dcm.se.
Macrovision Corporation develops and markets content copy protection and rights management technologies and products to prevent the illicit duplication, reception or use of video and audio programs and computer software. The company provides its products and services primarily to the home video, pay-per-view, cable, satellite, video security, consumer multimedia and application software markets. Macrovision has its headquarters in Sunnyvale, California with subsidiaries in London and Tokyo.
All statements contained herein, as well as oral statements that may be made by the Company or by officers, directors or employees of the Company acting on the Company's behalf, that are not statements of historical fact, constitute "forward-looking statements" and are made pursuant to the Safe-Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause the actual results of the Company to be materially different from the historical results or from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties are outlined in Macrovision's Annual Report on Form 10-KSB for 1998 and its Registration Statement on Form S-3, both as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These factors may not constitute all factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in any forward-looking statement. The Company is not obligated to revise or update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this release.