SOURCE: Giant Interactive

Giant Interactive

November 03, 2009 16:32 ET

Giant Interactive Launches BD-Connect™ for Blu-ray

Industry's Leading BD-Live Solution Is Now Available in United States

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - November 3, 2009) - Giant Interactive, a leading creator in Blu-ray, DVD, creative content and interactive media services, in exclusive partnership with Imagion AG, Europe's leading BD-Live service provider, announced today the North American availability of BD-Connect™, the world's most widely used BD-Live solution. The flexible, easy to use gateway to content and customers is the easiest BD-Live technology to implement, is pre-configured with more features than competing solutions and ready to go.

"Blu-ray is well on its way to becoming DVD's successor, and in addition to amazing high definition video and audio, one of the great features of the format is web interactivity," noted Jeff Stabenau, President, Giant Interactive. "BD-Connect offers the richest, most powerful BD-Live experience for consumers and content providers today."

Already featured on more than 400 titles in Europe as dynamicHD, and available in North America exclusively through Giant, BD-Connect software for adding robust web-connected interactive features to Blu-ray Discs is active and in use on more Blu-ray titles worldwide than any other BD-Live platform. The technology is already a hit with European consumers and content producers, and it arrives in North America as a compelling and thoroughly proven gateway to customers and content. BD-Connect works seamlessly with community-driven web sites such as CBS-BDLive.com, Twitter and Facebook. Other noteworthy features include a highly scalable architecture with Akamai edge server content delivery, allowing for rapid loading of geo-targeted BD-Live components with full screen progressive streaming video, HD downloads, synched movie viewing experiences, user generated quizzes, trivia tracks, photo galleries, marketing banners, RSS feeds and menu widgets.

BD-Connect has also enjoyed critical acclaim from the Blu-ray community. Featured on Paramount Home Entertainment's "Star Trek The Original Series" and "CSI" box sets, High-Def Digest called the technology "...one of the most useful and best implemented BD-Live features I've used to date," while High-Def Disc News praised the "very sleek and fast interface," and EngadgetHD declared "These implementations so far have been some of the best examples of the potential BD-Live holds that we keep hearing about, but rarely see."

BD-Connect is currently featured on CBS/Paramount Home Entertainment's recent "CSI Season 9" Blu-ray release, which takes users to criminology and forensics conferences in Denver and Las Vegas via BD-Live, showing how easily targeted content can be delivered to consumers. The platform is being spotlighted this week at the Blu-Con 2.0 media industry conference in Los Angeles.

About Giant Interactive:

Giant Interactive is a foremost provider of creative and technical digital media services for the world's top Home Entertainment content owners and distributors. Through offices in Los Angeles, New York and Denver, as well as worldwide strategic partnerships, Giant delivers specialized services for DVD and Blu-ray authoring; original content production for web, value-added and TV; creative design, interactive TV applications, BD Live development and hosting, and java programming. Since its founding in 2005, Giant Interactive has been recognized numerous times with industry awards and accolades for superior creativity and expertise. In 2009 the company was recognized with Home Media Magazine's "Best Collection/Multi-Disc Set" and "DVD of the Year" awards for its design and authoring work on the 28 disc, 86 episode presentation of "The Sopranos: The Complete Collection."

For more information about BD-Connect, http://www.bd-connect.com/

For more information about Giant Interactive, http://www.giant-interactive.com/

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