Press Release Source: On2 Technologies, Inc. On2 Releases Updated VP6 Video Codec Thursday January 8, 11:20 am ET Reports Download of Over 50,000 Personal-Use Licenses NEW YORK, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- On2 Technologies, Inc., The Duck Corporation, (Amex: ONT - News), today announced that it has officially released a new and improved TrueMotion® VP6 video codec. This release marks an impressive array of quality improvements over earlier versions of the codec. Among the added features and improvements in the latest VP6 are: * Greatly improved two-pass, variable bitrate-mode encoding (nearly 25% improvement). * Improved speed of "best quality" mode by nearly 20%. * Produces output with Peak Signal-to-Noise Ratios (PSNR) that are better than Real 10, Windows Media 9 and H.264 on a wide range of test material at data rates ranging from dial-up (28.8 Kbps) to DVD and HD (6 to 8 Mbps). * Better allocation of bits. * Better cut scene detection. * Improved multiple platform support (Intel, Equator, Texas Instruments, PowerPC) * Compresses high-definition (HD) material with no restrictions on the encoder. VP6 can play back 1920x1080 HD material on a 2.5 GHz PC and 1280x720 material on Equator's 400 MHz MAP BSP. * Supports real-time encoding at full D1 resolution The company also announced that over 50,000 people have downloaded VP6 since it was made available free for personal use in October 2003, and that feedback from users has been overwhelmingly positive. "We want to thank the thousands of VP6 users for their constructive suggestions," said Eric Ameres, Chief Technical Officer and Executive Vice President of Software Development at On2. "Their feedback has helped us to achieve these improvements, and their objective measurements show that VP6 is the world's best video codec. We're excited to see VP6 so widely adopted and believe that it could soon supplant all our competitors as the personal-use codec of choice." Interested parties can read more about VP6 licensing, view video samples & test results of VP6 against other codecs, and download the codec software at www.on2.com. About On2 Technologies, The Duck Corporation On2 Technologies (Amex: ONT - News) is a leading technology firm at the forefront of video compression. The Company revolutionized video encoding with the creation of its advanced full-motion, full-screen, video compression and streaming technology (TrueMotion® VP4/VP5/VP6). On2 licenses its high quality video codecs for use in set-top boxes, consumer electronics devices and wireless applications. In addition, On2 offers a suite of products and services, including high-level video encoding, customized technical support, and consulting/integration services. Located in New York City, the Company has an office in Clifton Park, NY, and operations in Cambridge, UK. On2 may be reached at 21 Corporate Drive, Suite 103, Clifton Park, NY 12065 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.