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Corel Launches WinDVD® 9 Plus Blu-ray, Delivering a Superior DVD and Blu-ray Disc Viewing Experience


Newest Release Offers Consumers Enhanced Viewing Options with a New, More Intuitive User Interface, New State-of-the-Art Upscaling Capability, Enhanced


Corel Corporation (NASDAQ:CREL; TSX:CRE), a leading developer of graphics, productivity and digital media software, today announced the latest release of Corel® WinDVD®, the world’s number one DVD and video playback software on PCs. Corel® WinDVD® 9 Plus Blu-ray features a new, more intuitive user interface, new video technologies including advanced upscaling that enables users to create near-high-definition viewing with standard-definition DVDs, enhanced Blu-ray Disc playback, as well as the latest in high-definition surround sound for the ultimate viewing experience. With more than 200 million units shipped worldwide, WinDVD remains the industry standard for DVD, video and Blu-ray Disc playback.

“WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray is designed for the movie buff, frequent flyer and those who want a superior video and audio playback experience in one easy-to-use solution,” said Jeff Hastings, President and General Manager, Digital Media at Corel. “More and more people are adopting the latest high-definition technologies such as Blu-ray Disc and AVCHD. With WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray, users will have access to the latest Blu-ray Disc playback capabilities including BonusView as well as revolutionary upscaling technology that enables users to create near-high-definition viewing with standard-definition DVDs.”

New User Interface
The new user interface in WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray makes viewing and navigation easier providing a more pleasant viewing experience.

* Graphite Interface - The sophisticated graphite design blends seamlessly with a Microsoft® Windows® XP or Windows Vista® desktop.

* Navigation Controls - The de-cluttered user interface displays a clean, sleek look where navigation controls can be hidden instantly. Users will find advanced audio and video controls to easily personalize the playback experience.

New State-of-the-Art Video Technologies
WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray maximizes the viewing experience with state-of-the-art video upscaling technologies including:

* Unique Trimension™ All2HD Upscaling - Converts standard-definition DVDs and videos to crisp near-high-definition video without the added expense of high-definition drives and media.

* Digital Natural Motion - Removes the judder effect from fast-motion scenes for the smoothest possible playback creating a better-than-original look.

* De-snow Filter - Removes digital noise from MPEG, H.264 and VC-1 low-resolution video to provide a clearer viewing experience.

* De-block Filter - Removes blocky digital artifacts from MPEG, H.264 and VC-1 compressed video.

Enhanced Blu-ray Disc Playback
With WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray, users can enjoy 1080p high-definition Hollywood blockbusters or Blu-ray Disc home movies.

* Advanced Interactive Content Support - Next-generation interactivity provides access to pop-up menus or picture-in-picture features with full BD-J support, all without interrupting the movie.

* Latest Surround Sound Technologies - Dolby® Digital Plus, Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD surround sound support are included in WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray for the ultimate audio experience.

* Next-Generation Hardware Acceleration - Experience superb playback of the most demanding titles with support for NVIDIA® PureVideo® HD and ATI Avivo™ HD hardware acceleration providing increased user support of high-definition playback.

* Fully Compliant with Content Protection Systems - Supports HDCP, AACS and BD+ to ensure worry-free playback now and into the future.

* AVCHD - Supports playback of video from AVCHD camcorders copied from the camcorder hard drive, on AVCHD disc or memory card.

Laptop Features
WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray optimizes the on-the-go movie viewing experience with the latest laptop features including:

* Battery Optimization - Extends the life of the laptop’s battery providing extended playback time.

* TimeStretch - Increases video and audio playback speed so users never miss the ending of their favorite movie while traveling.

* Smart Stretch - Provides standard or widescreen viewing allowing flexibility for varying movie and laptop types.

* Virtual Surround Sound - Supports virtual surround sound technologies even when listening on headphones and stereo speakers.

Pricing and Availability
WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray is priced at $99.99 SRP (US and Canada), and is available starting today through and over the coming weeks from Corel’s global channel partners. WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray also includes HD DVD playback with Advanced Navigation, and all of the features and technologies in WinDVD 9 Plus and WinDVD 9.

WinDVD 9 Plus is priced at $79.99 SRP (US and Canada), and is available starting today through and over the coming weeks from Corel’s global channel partners. WinDVD 9 Plus includes play back of standard-definition DVD and video with advanced Trimension™All2HD upscaling for a near-HD viewing experience, as well as AVCHD video playback. Audio playback technologies include Dolby® Digital EX, Dolby Pro Logic® IIx and DTS Digital Surround. WinDVD 9 Plus includes all of the features and technologies in WinDVD 9.

WinDVD 9 is priced at $49.99 SRP (US and Canada), and is available starting today through and over the coming weeks from Corel’s global channel partners. WinDVD 9 is for users who want straight-forward playback of standard-definition videos and DVDs as well as DivX and QuickTime movies. WinDVD 9 includes Dolby® Digital, DTS 2.0 Channel, SRS TruSurround XT audio technologies.

Upgrades from WinDVD 6, 7 and 8 to WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray are priced at $59.99 SRP (US and Canada), and are available starting today through
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