Dune HD to BitTorrent Certify Multi-format HD Media Players

New Dune HD devices will incorporate BitTorrent features to help people discover, play, share and move high-quality personal media files

LAS VEGAS, NV (January 9, 2012) — Dune HD, one of the world leaders in designing and manufacturing HD media players, and BitTorrent, a leading peer-based technology company and inventors of the BitTorrent protocol, today announced a partnership to design, develop and market BitTorrent Certified Dune HD media players in Europe and Asia. The two companies will jointly demo device prototypes at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

New Dune HD media players will enable consumers to discover, play, share, and move all types of personal media, regardless of size, type or format, so that consumers can watch high-quality content in their living rooms. Devices will also enable users to share personal media with family and friends over the Internet using peer-accelerated technology. Certified devices displaying the "BitTorrent Certified" logo will go on sale in Europe and Asia, effective immediately.

"Once you've recorded a smartphone video with your friends or recorded a family wedding, it's fairly easy to transfer the files to your PC. However people really want to easily view them on their TV, and also share them with friends. BitTorrent technology makes it fast and easy," said Konstantin Dyshlevoy, a CEO at Dune HD. "BitTorrent technology provides a 360 degree ecosystem for personal media and a renowned technology that complements our devices. We're excited to leverage this exciting technology to offer our users an easy solution to an ongoing challenge."

"Personal media files are becoming bigger and bigger because the resolution of the recording devices has improved dramatically," said Shahi Ghanem, chief strategy officer at BitTorrent. "And peer-based computing is the fastest way to send these huge files over the Internet. Dune HD media players are an ideal solution for people who want to access their huge personal media libraries and play their high-quality content on any screen, at any time. We're pleased to be partnering with Dune HD and look forward to a long and beneficial partnership."

The BitTorrent ecosystem is an integrated solution of peer-based technology protocols, consumer software, and consumer electronics devices all orchestrated to help over 150 million users move their personal media from their PCs into the living room. BitTorrent Certification enables consumer electronics manufacturers to leverage the speed of the BitTorrent protocol and key downloading, transcoding, sharing and media-shifting features. The result is that their devices will seamlessly play BitTorrent content using a simple 10 foot user interface controlled by 4 or 7 button remotes for TVs, BD/DVD players, set top boxes, network addressable storage media adapters and more.

To see the prototype demo at CES, please RSVP to rsvp@bittorrent.com.

About Dune HD
Dune HD is the European Union and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) leader in connected media players and Blu-ray players. Based in Duisburg, Germany, Dune HD sells IPTV, VoD and OTT set top boxes to Telcos across Europe, Russia, Ukraine and throughout Asia, and media players and digital signage to retail stores worldwide.

About BitTorrent
BitTorrent is one of the world's leading peer-based technology companies. The company invented the BitTorrent protocol and related peer-to-peer technologies which make up a globally recognized ecosystem of technology protocols, consumer software, and consumer electronics devices that help people find, share and move digital media. BitTorrent's technologies are used by hundreds of millions of people around the world and drive between 20% and 40% of global Internet traffic. BitTorrent is based in San Francisco and has offices in Tokyo, Seoul, Krakow and Minsk. Please visit www.bittorrent.com for more information.