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SyncTV Launches Beta of 'Unlimited Download' Service for TV Shows


Home-theater Quality Downloads Play Back on Windows PCs, Macs and Linux PCs; TVs and Portable Players in Future

San Jose CA, November 19th 2007 – SyncTV ( today announced the private beta launch of its TV download service, which will provide home-theater quality TV shows on an unlimited download basis.  Completely based on open-standards, the SyncTV service works on Windows PCs, Macs and Linux PCs, and in the future it will also work on TVs and portable players.

SyncTV’s program library is organized by channels, some of which, like Showtime®, will already be familiar to viewers.  Once subscribed to a particular channel, viewers can download any show made available on that channel, which in many cases will include every episode of every season of a particular show.  There is a small monthly fee for each subscribed channel, though a minority of channels will make their content available on a pay-per-download basis, rather than through subscriptions.

Those interested in signing up to the private beta can request participation through the SyncTV homepage at  Qualifying beta-testers can then download the media player free of charge to their PC or Mac to gain access to a rich library of TV content that is available.  As the SyncTV beta continues, there will be even more content available from major channels and networks, creating one of the deepest libraries of TV shows available anywhere.

The video and audio quality of SyncTV programming will be the highest available through Internet download.  The minimum video quality of all the content is comparable to the same content on DVD, and where possible, HD content will be available across the different channels.  SyncTV will also have programming available in discreet 5.1 Dolby® Digital Plus surround sound, which is being used at the highest available settings. 

SyncTV allows you a great deal of flexibility in how you play back the TV shows you download.  You can play back shows on up to five ‘home’ devices, which means PCs/Macs now and other home entertainment devices in the future.  Upon availability of compatible portable devices, SyncTV will allow you to specify an additional ten portable devices for playback. 

SyncTV has developed an open platform, which makes it easy for manufacturers and application developers to create products to support it.  To facilitate development, SyncTV will make its protocols and data formats available to developers and is using Marlin, an open-standards Digital Rights Management (DRM) system.  More information about new partners and products will be announced in the coming months.

John Gildred, President of SyncTV, commented: “We are absolutely passionate about giving consumers the highest-quality, best-value and most flexible TV download service available anywhere.  We really hope that our users will agree that we have achieved that.”

Gildred continued: “This beta period will allow us to fine-tune the system and get feedback on how we can improve the user experience.  We are going to be listening carefully to what our users are saying so we can give them the service they want and need.”

To stay in touch with SyncTV news, including details of new channels and new device compatibility, read the SyncTV blog at



SyncTV was created to give consumers the highest-quality and most flexible TV download service available.  The service works on Windows PCs, Macs and Linux PCs. Because SyncTV was designed to work directly on other consumer audio-visual products, SyncTV will work on more and more devices in the future, including TVs and portable players. The company uses an open-standards DRM called Marlin and publishes all our open-standard protocols and data formats. 

SyncTV, Inc. is a subsidiary of Pioneer Research Center USA, Inc., and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

SYNCTV is a trademark of Pioneer Corporation.

SHOWTIME is a registered trademark of Showtime Networks Inc.

DOLBY is a registered trademark of Dolby Laboratories.