HandHeld Entertainment and DivXNetworks announced a licensing agreement to integrate the DivX video decoder with HandHeld's ZVUE personal video player, which will allow playback of DivX and MPEG-4 compatible files on the ZVUE.
The ZVUE is the first DivX Certified handheld product on the market, offering users the ability to play all versions of DivX video content on a portable device. The DivX-enabled ZVUE player was tested by DivXNetworks' and HandHeld Entertainment's teams of video engineers to ensure high performance and full interoperability with the entire suite of DivX technologies. DivX, often called the "MP3 of video," is among the most popular video technologies in the world with over 120 million users.
"There is a huge global pool of high-quality DivX content that is now at the fingertips of ZVUEers," said Garrett Cecchini, executive vice president of HandHeld Entertainment. "In addition, ZVUEers now have the freedom to play a full-length movie, a television show or even a home movie on their ZVUE because of the DivX upgrade. With DivX's base of 120 million users, the ZVUE now runs one of the most popular and widely used video technologies in the world that generates insatiable amounts of content at the ZVUEers' fingertips."
HandHeld Entertainment will sell its "ZFlicks" DivX upgrade package for $69. ZFlicks includes the MPEG-4 firmware upgrade for the ZVUE, DivX video encoding software, a USB cable and an SD card. The ZFlicks package will be available online.
"HandHeld Entertainment has shown there is widespread, mass-market opportunity for affordable, high-performance multimedia devices with its US$99 ZVUE," said Jim Geison, director of sales at DivXNetworks. "We are extremely pleased to partner with HandHeld as we help the company bring millions of DivX video files to ZVUE users around the world."
In addition to today's licensing agreement, HandHeld also announced that current owners of the ZVUE personal video player can update their USB system through a firmware download.