Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Xmas Sonic! Your $720 Million Gift (Thanks to Rovi)

Wow, I didn't see this coming! Rovi (formerly Macromedia) is buying Sonic Solutions for $720 million. This follows Sonic's buy of DivX earlier this year. It truly is the season of giving!

Congratulations to Chairman Bob Doris, Mark Ely and others at Sonic (for whom I previously consulted back in the day); and congratulations (again!) to my good friend Kevin Hell (former CEO of DivX).

Sony Unwraps New Online Music Service (Again)!

Sony has launched its new online music streaming service, which comes bundled on many of its new TVs and other devices. It is available now in the U.K. and Ireland. The company previously tried to "connect" with music lovers with its, uh, "Connect" service. That didn't work. So, will the second time be the charm?

I previously wrote about my predictions in this regard -- click here to read.