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January 7, 2009

Ascent Media, Akamai and Sofatronic to power Blu-ray Disc Live platform

An array of interactive features are in the offering to the home entertainment ecosystem

By CBR Staff Writer

Ascent Media Group, a provider of technical services to the media and entertainment industries, has teamed with Akamai Technologies and Sofatronic, a provider of TV technologies, to create an integrated digital workflow and distribution system for the production, hosting and delivery of BD Live functionality for Blu-ray Discs.

Under the joint initiative, Sofatronic is responsible for the development of a new software platform based off its Kaleidoscope technology, a development platform for interactive entertainment on Blu-ray.

Akamai’s global distribution platform is expected to enable internet-connected devices to support large file downloads and acceleration of rich, interactive media content and applications. Blink Digital is responsible for providing delivery, design, authoring and programming services and BD Live integration for high quality Blu-ray Disc production, said Ascent Media.

BD Live is expected to offer an array of interactive features to the home entertainment ecosystem. With the interactive BD Live platform, personalized avatars can be created, subtitles can be frequently updated and viewers can simultaneously interact with others while watching a movie.

Jose Royo, CEO of Ascent Media Group, said: In partnership with industry leaders Akamai and Sofatronic, we are able to offer studios a new solution to BD Live functionality which simplifies the process of delivering this new and exciting interactive experience to the consumer.

Isaac Larbi, CEO of Sofatronic USA, said: Sofatronic is exclusively focused on Blu-ray and interactive TV technology development. Through this partnership, we are better able to meet consumer demand for progressive Blu-ray entertainment by offering a seamless one-stop development solution to studios and Blu-ray distribution partners.

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