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MACROVISION INTRODUCES STARSHAKER; LOWEST DECODER COST SCRAMBLING SYSTEM FOR PROFESSIONAL AND INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS

 SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Macrovision premiered its newest transmission scrambling system, StarShaker, today at the Telecon VIII tradeshow. StarShaker has been designed to meet the security needs of operators of large, private video networks where low-cost decoding is required.
 Unique to StarShaker is its four-in-one selectable video scrambling that allows users to choose and change the level of video concealment for a particular transmission or segment of video. The StarShaker system is based on Macrovision's proprietary PhaseKrypt technology which is a line-position modulation scrambling technique that effectively "shakes" an active video picture to the point of being unviewable. StarShaker also includes horizontal and vertical sync overlays and video inversion for complete image concealment. Individual decoder addressability and secure audio scrambling are also features of the StarShaker system.
 The StarShaker system is controlled by an IBM-compatible PC connection to the encoder with an easy-to-operate Windows-based user interface. The encoders accept a standard NTSC (or PAL) baseband input and provide a scrambled baseband output that can be transmitted anywhere clear full-motion video travels without network reconfigurations or transmitter adjustments. Authorized decoders provide high-quality baseband and RF descrambled output.
 The first deliveries of StarShaker systems from Macrovision are projected for the first quarter of 1994 with decoders expected to cost less than $800 in quantity and encoders priced in the $9,000 range.
 Macrovision Corp. develops technologies for the protection of electronically transmitted and prerecorded video programs from unauthorized viewing or copying. The company offers products and services for the home video, pay-per-view, cable, satellite and corporate communications markets. Macrovision has field offices in London and Tokyo, with headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.
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 /CONTACT: Whit T. Jackson of Macrovision, 415-691-2954/


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