Autodesk To Acquire Media 100 Software Line
Autodesk announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire the software product line from Media 100, a leading provider of digital media products. With this acquisition, Autodesks Discreet Division enhances its content creation product portfolio with Media 100s streaming media software solutions -- allowing Discreet customers to create, distribute, re-purpose and publish media content for consumption via the Internet, corporate Intranets and IP-enabled devices such as cell phones and PDAs. The asset purchase for $16 million cash is expected to close during Autodesks third quarter and is not anticipated to dilute Autodesks expected earnings for the current fiscal year. The software acquisition forms the foundation of Autodesks entry into streaming media for the corporate and institutional markets. Streaming delivers immediate playback of content over the Internet, without the need to download, and is fast becoming the distribution medium of choice for films and entertainment, advertising, corporate/investor communications, and distance learning and training. The Media 100 software fortifies our commitment to offer our Discreet customers a comprehensive suite of rich media solutions that address their needs from creation to distribution, said Paul Lypaczewski, general manager of Autodesks Discreet division. The advantages of streaming are particularly compelling in todays economic environment, as companies can improve productivity and customer communication with engaging, informational Webcasts. The benefits of the full Discreet-Media 100 software product line will effectively align us to capitalize on this industry growth trend. Software acquired from Media 100 includes the Cleaner family of products -- Cleaner 5, Cleaner EZ, Cleaner Live, Charger and SuperCharger -- and the editing and dynamic streaming media production software of CineStream, EventStream technology, EditDV and IntroDV. Cleaner and its related products complement Discreets entire family of content creation solutions, and is the industrys leading cross-platform encoding software that delivers interactive streaming video and audio to Websites, such as live-event Webcasting. CineStream, its predecessor EditDV, and IntroDV will provide Discreet with cross-platform streaming media production and non-linear DV editing technology. The acquired software product lines will be sold and distributed by Discreet upon final completion of the acquisition and is expected to be fully branded under Discreet within the year 2001.