Rochester, NY, October 16 --
Company, a worldwide leader in retail imaging solutions, and SolaByte, a cloud
media service provider, today announced they have signed an agreement to
facilitate electronic sales of copyrighted music and motion pictures through automated
disc-to-digital transfer and online content purchases.
As part of
this agreement, Kodak and SolaByte will develop
and market solutions that utilize Kodak’s global footprint of 105,000 KODAK
Picture Kiosks to automate the disc-to-digital upgrade process. The automated process identifies content
stored on DVD’s, CD’s and BLU-RAY Discs and authenticates the disc as genuine prior
to registering the license for the content to the consumer’s account. The disc is
digitally flagged by the system to limit the number of digital copies that can
be obtained from the disc. SolaByte’s patent-pending
technology eliminates the need to move large video or music files to the cloud,
conserves storage space, and does not compromise the playback of the original
disc. The professionally mastered digital
copies, made from the KODAK Kiosk, then may be easily used by consumers to listen to music or to
watch movies online, at home, or on their portable devices.
has been at the forefront of capturing, preserving and sharing printed photo experiences
throughout our history. Through our collaboration with SolaByte, we plan to
extend this leadership into additional content types, both digital and physical
formats,” said Larry Trevarthen, Vice President of Worldwide
Marketing, Retail Systems Solutions, Eastman Kodak Company.
Chatfield, CEO of SolaByte, added “We are honored to partner with Kodak and
bring our technologies to Kodak’s retail network. Our goal is to continually
evolve our innovative solutions that liberate content from physical formats so
the content may be deployed from the cloud and enjoyed on a broad range of
devices anywhere. Kodak is the perfect partner to help us bring our solutions
partnership will be focused on innovative ways of simplifying access to content
of all types (e.g., music, movies, etc.) for consumers in North America. The first deployments are estimated to
occur in mid-2013. In addition,
Kodak will continue to advance digital solutions to expand options for
consumers and help retailers open new revenue streams.
world's foremost imaging innovator, Kodak helps consumers, businesses, and
creative professionals unleash the power of pictures and printing to enrich
their lives. (Kodak is a
trademark of Eastman Kodak Company). All trademarks referenced herein are the
property of their respective companies.
SolaByte is a cloud media service
provider focused on developing technology that makes owning licensed content
more flexible, transferable and enjoyable than ever before.www.solabyte.com
© Kodak, 2012. KODAK is trademark
of Eastman Kodak Company.