Corel Acquires Roxio from Rovi Corp., Releases First Roxio Product

Corel Acquires Roxio from Rovi Corp., Releases First Roxio Product


Ottawa, ON—Corel completed its acquisition of the Roxio business from Rovi Corporation, thereby expanded its portfolio to include Roxi’s digital media and security solutions. Corel also announced it has released its first Roxio product—Roxio VHS to DVD 3 Plus.

“We want Roxio’s customers and partners to know that these products are an important addition to our portfolio and will have a great home with Corel,” said Shawn Cadeau, senior vice president, Global Marketing at Corel. “We look forward to bringing together the best of what Corel and Roxio have to offer as we work to deliver even richer, more rewarding experiences to our customers.”

With this acquisition Corel now offers the following Roxio products:

  • Roxio Creator: software to enhance, preserve, capture and share digital media.
  • Roxio Toast: a multimedia toolkit for the Mac platform.
  • Roxio Game Capture: a software and hardware solution to record console game play.
  • Roxio Easy VHS to DVD: a program to convert analog videotapes to digital video for sharing on DVD, online and mobile devices.
  • Roxio CinePlayer DVD Decoder: an application that enables consumers to watch their favorite DVDs on Windows Media Player.
  •  Roxio BackOnTrack Suite: a media protection solution that automatically keeps memories safe and protects a PC from both hardware and software disasters.
  • Roxio Secure Products: encryption for optical media and USB flash drives.

Corel plans to take advantage of its established global infrastructure to broaden distribution of Roxio products into new international markets. In addition, the company will draw upon the complementary video, photo, audio and disc burning technologies found in both Roxio and Corel software to give users more capabilities and further enhance Corel’s overall product portfolio. Corel also sees significant opportunities in combining the strengths of Corel’s and Roxio’s established retail and direct sales channels and large customer bases.

The first Roxio product released by Corel, Roxio VHS to DVD 3 Plus, is designed to make it easy to transfer analog VHS, Hi8 and V8 videotapes to digital video formats and save them to DVD. New features offer sharing to YouTube, Facebook and mobile devices like an iPhone. Using the software, consumers plug in a video camera or VHS player to their computer and the software guides them through the process.

Roxio Easy VHS to DVD 3 Plus includes: new image enhancement tools that remove noise, stabilize and color correct videos, so final productions have a more professional look with Hollywood-inspired titles and credits, menus, and transitions, such as wipes, dissolves and fade-to-black; time-saving features like “smart” contextual help; a new USB device that simplifies setup by automatically detecting the video source format; and new capabilities that make it easy to burn large videos across multiple DVDs if extra disc space is required. $69.99 (registered owners of previous versions are eligible for a special software-only upgrade for $19.99).