SOURCE: ZOOtech

November 08, 2005 10:01 ET

"The Bible DVD Game" Comes Alive for b EQUAL and Comchoice With ZOOtech's DVD-EXTRA STUDIO

SAN FRANCISCO, CA and LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 8, 2005 -- ZOOtech is proud to announce that its interactive DVD technology has enabled partners b EQUAL and Comchoice® to efficiently develop "The Bible DVD Game" using DVD-EXTRA STUDIO. This new, sophisticated interactive title is hosted by Christian music artist Jeremy Camp, winner of two 2004 Dove Awards for "Best Male Vocalist" and "Best New Artist of the Year." "The Bible DVD Game" features fascinating video footage from The History Channel® illustrating geographical and historical events from the Bible, accompanied by Camp's inspirational music.

"The Bible DVD Game" is the third title by b EQUAL to use DVD-EXTRA STUDIO in the authoring process. It joins the "Madagascar Animal Trivia DVD Game," "Shrek's Totally Tangled Tales DVD Game," and "Santa's Trivia Game" as titles developed using the ZOOtech approach. A key benefit to using DVD-EXTRA STUDIO for multiple titles is the ability to leverage assets from one project to the next, resulting in faster development and extraordinary interactivity.

As a result, "The Bible DVD Game" is not an armchair tutorial of God's Word, but an adventure that brings the Bible to life for all to enjoy, while testing knowledge and strengthening family bonds. Featuring over 1,600 questions about both the Old and New Testaments, and three levels of play, parents and children will be equally engaged and challenged while discovering and exploring this ancient text.

"We were there at the advent of the DVD format, and have provided production, creative and technical services for thousands of feature films on DVD, continually innovating along the way. Now, DVD-EXTRA STUDIO is enabling us to do much more with the DVD specification than was ever envisioned," said Duncan Wain, Executive Vice President and CTO, Comchoice®. "As a result, building interactivity into virtually any project is no longer beyond our reach."

"This type of product from b EQUAL is what we envisioned when we brought DVD-EXTRA STUDIO to the market," said Gordon Doran, President, ZOOtech, Inc. "DVD-EXTRA STUDIO makes it possible to easily and efficiently create engaging interactive content for playback on any set top player. Companies like b EQUAL and Comchoice are bringing that vision to life."

"The Bible DVD Game" is available nationwide and has a suggested retail price of $29.99.

About DVD-EXTRA™

Using conventional DVD authoring systems to create interactive DVD-Video content is enormously complex, laborious and costly. DVD-EXTRA STUDIO offers a solution to this problem. It reduces development costs by automating the most complex, labor intensive and error-prone elements of the design and production phases, thus enabling rich interactive content to be delivered comparatively inexpensively and efficiently.

DVD-EXTRA is not a new format for DVDs. It does not require any new disc pressing technology, nor any amendment of existing standards and specifications. It complies entirely with the DVD-Video specification, and DVD-EXTRA content will play on any normal consumer DVD player conforming to that standard.

About ZOOtech

ZOOtech Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sheffield-based ZOO Digital Group plc. (LSE: ZOO.L). ZOOtech pioneered DVD-EXTRA technology to enable CD-ROM style interactivity in the DVD-Video format. Today, DVD-EXTRA developers worldwide are shaping the future of interactivity by pushing the boundaries of DVD functionality. Non-traditional DVD-Video markets such as advertising, gaming, music, education and corporate training have begun harnessing the power of DVD-EXTRA to exploit DVD as an interactive communications medium. Universal Pictures, Ascent Media, Comchoice, OUAT Entertainment and Freestyle New Media Group are among the companies who have already delivered engaging DVD-EXTRA products.

About The b EQUAL Company

Founded in 2002 in Palo Alto, California, The b EQUAL Company is the leading innovator in family games. As the only company that features an exclusive, patent-pending technology called Dynamic Leveling, The b EQUAL Company ensures that everyone in the family will be equally engaged, entertained and challenged. Created with world-class family brands such as The History Channel, National Geographic, "Shrek," and "Madagascar," b EQUAL designs every game with families in mind. For more information, please visit www.bequal.com.

About Comchoice®

Comchoice® (www.comchoice.com) is a leader in the design and development of advanced interactive DVD entertainment, educational and game products. Clients include: Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, the BBC, New Line, Hart Sharp Video, BestQuest Teaching Systems, Edutainment Resources, Microsoft Game Studios, The b EQUAL Company, Snap TV Games, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, Honda, Lexus, and many others.

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