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GalleryPlayer Adds Blu-ray Distribution

Seattle — GalleryPlayer, supplier of still-image collections for flat-panel TV screens, said it has reached an exclusive distribution deal with independent home entertainment distributor Image Entertainment to release four new titles exclusively on Blu-ray disc this fall.

The agreement will lead to the first high-definition lifestyle imagery to be distributed on Blu-ray Disc. The discs will be distributed starting this fall with one-hour-plus programs including 1000 Places to See Before You Die: 50 Favorite Destinations; The Amazing World of National Geographic; Art Wolfe: Vanishing Act; and 50 Paintings from the Museum of Modern Art.

The GalleryPlayer Blu-ray Discs will join a variety of distribution formats in use for the company’s still-image libraries, which consist of fine art images and photographs. Images are available through the Web site, on the Comcast cable TV service, in select hotels and on HD memory cards, in partnership with Panasonic, for viewing on the 2007 plasma and HDTV line.

“GalleryPlayer’s move into the Blu-ray disc market underscores the company’s focus on providing consumers with easy access to the world’s finest high-definition art and photography,” said Paul Brownlow, GalleryPlayer president. “HD Lifestyle Imagery demands the highest quality visual presentation and consumer experience, which Blu-ray discs deliver. Blu-ray Discs are clearly the preferred choice, currently outselling HD DVDs, and we’re launching our most popular content on the most popular platform. It’s a winning combination for GalleryPlayer, Blu-ray and millions of consumers.”