Dell Premiers First Industry-Approved Burn-To-DVD Downloads

Posted by at 12:29 pm on September 15, 2008

Dell and  Sonic Solutions  have teamed to make downloading and recording DVD movies easy with the first PC-based  Qflix  drives. Using Roxio  Venue, movie collectors can search and select from a variety of major Hollywood hits available from  CinemaNow, download them on their PC, transfer them to multiple digital devices in their home, and then create a permanent and portable DVD-format copy on Qflix DVD media.  CinemaNow works with  Windows  Media Center and  downloads from  CinemaNow  could be viewed on up to three different devices via direct file transfer.

The Qflix drive bundle is available in the U.S. today as an option on most  Inspiron,  Studio  and  XPS  laptops for $120, as well as through Dell’s  Entertainment, Software and Accessories  online store, and will be available soon as option on select consumer desktops. The bundle includes an external Qflix-enabled drive, which also supports standard DVD read/write functions, two recordable Qflix DVD discs, Roxio Venue and CinemaNow software and a USB cable.

“We look forward to bringing this innovative digital download technology to our customers,” said Michelle Pearcy, director, Dell’s global software marketing. “People are accessing and managing more and more digital content with their PCs, but often they are limited by where and when they can view their content. With Qflix, movie fans can now burn their movies and TV shows to DVDs that can be played on most standard DVD player, greatly enhancing the flexibility of their digital downloads.”

“The burnable-in-the-home DVD is well-timed given the growing interest from both consumers and studios in digital distribution,” said Tom Adams, president,  Adams Media Research. “Two of the key things holding consumers back in their willingness to purchase movies electronically are worries about long-term ownership and portability of the downloaded file. Providing the security of a DVD back-up and the assurance that the file will play on the majority of standard DVD players–set-top, desk-top or portable — is a key step forward.”

The cost of the  Qflix DVD media  is  unknown  at this time.

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