ZyXEL Adopts Macrovision's Connected Platform Solution

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009 

Receives DLNA Certification

SANTA CLARA — Macrovision® Solutions Corporation (NASDAQ: MVSN), a digital entertainment technology leader, announced today that ZyXEL Communications Inc. (TSE: 2391) is using Macrovision’s Connected Platform solution in its Network Storage Appliance (NSA) to support Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) guidelines. By using Macrovision’s Connected Platform solution, ZyXEL can deploy advanced connectivity features to create DLNA-, Universal Plug and Play- (UPnP-) and DTCP-IP- compliant networked products that enable consumers to discover, manage and enjoy their digital media throughout the home.

Entertainment and consumer products are now being developed with cutting-edge features that surpass consumer expectations in terms of quality, display size and content capacity. However, the industry is struggling with how to connect multiple devices and simplify the management of digital content on those devices. This has heightened the role of connectivity across devices as a critical function to consumers looking to maximize use of their digital media and create a true digital home.

ZyXEL, a leading broadband access solutions provider, has chosen to champion the DLNA standard and develop devices that are DLNA-compliant for the digital home. The company selected Macrovision’s Connected Platform solution because it meets DLNA standards while offering flexible and reliable support.

Macrovision’s Connected Platform is a software development kit (SDK) provided in source code form that allows manufacturers to develop products that adhere to DLNA guidelines. The software includes a simple API that helps shorten the development cycle of a DLNA-compliant product. This helps manufacturers conserve in-house development resources and speed time to market.

“Macrovision has shown us that they are dedicated to providing flexible and well-supported solutions to help ZyXEL’s products adhere to the latest DLNA and UPnP standards that enable the connectivity consumers are demanding from their CE devices,” said Chinru Lin, Assistant VP of Digital Home Strategy Business Unit of ZyXEL.

“We are excited to be working closely with ZyXEL as the company expands the breadth and capabilities of its digital home offerings,” said Akitaka Nishimura, senior vice president, Asia Pacific, Macrovision. “This relationship is proof that meeting DLNA standards is now a priority for major manufacturers in the industry and not just an afterthought or nice to have – we believe it is key to the future of the connected home.”

The Connected Platform solution allows customers to implement DLNA 1.5, UPnP and DTCP-IP guidelines, which together create a secure network where consumers can transmit and play back premium commercial content. The Connected Platform SDK is designed for both digital media players and digital media servers.