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Trident Brings VUDU Streaming Movie Service Onto Its Connected TV Platform

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Trident Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: TRID), a leading provider of set-top box and TV semiconductor solutions, announced today that the VUDU Movie Service, the premier HD on-demand movie service available today, along with VUDU Apps, a platform for the delivery of Internet entertainment services on HDTVs, has been integrated onto Trident's DTV platform.  This will enable Trident customers to offer mainstream consumers direct streaming access to VUDU's over 4,000 HD and HDX movie library and surround sound cinematic experience.

"Embedding VUDU's cutting edge application platform in our connected TV SoCs will enable our customers to quickly bring to market advanced Internet-connected HDTVs," said Dirk Wieberneit, senior vice president and general manager of the TV Business unit for Trident Microsystems.  "This will bring a completely new level of interactivity to the home television and will deliver enormous amounts of Internet content and exciting applications directly onto the TV."

About VUDU:

Following is a current list of the leading services offered by VUDU, among the applications that will now be offered on the Trident platform.

  • VUDU Movies, featuring the world's largest catalog of HD movies, with more than 4,000 titles, and HDX, the only streaming 1080p video with high resolution 5.1 Dolby Digital Plus surround sound available directly on Internet-connected devices.
  • VUDU Ticker, an Internet powered real-time ticker that enables the display of user specific Internet content updates over live TV.
  • Popular Internet services, such as Pandora, Dailymotion, Picasa and Flickr.
  • Leading news providers, such as The New York Times and The Associated Press.
  • Popular Video podcasts such as Revision3 and DiggNation.

"Our relationship with Trident allows us to bring the extraordinary value of VUDU to more OEMs and ODMs," said Edward Lichty, VUDU General Manager. "Utilizing VUDU's unique cloud architecture, TRIDENT's OEM and ODM customers will be able to deliver an expanding suite of applications and services without having to modify the software in the field. Our goal is to continue bringing the best quality VUDU service directly to your living room, all the way down to the chip."

About VUDU

A leader in digital entertainment, VUDU offers the world's largest selection of HD movies, including thousands of blockbusters, Hollywood classics, and indies available in stunning HDX 1080p with Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound. Movies are available the same day they are released on DVD or Blu-Ray, and can be rented or purchased without a subscription. VUDU is available on internet-capable HDTVs and Blu-ray Disc players from LG, Mitsubishi, Philips, Magnavox, Panasonic, Samsung, SANYO, Sharp, Sylvania, Toshiba and Vizio and on the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system from Sony. VUDU is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wal-mart Stores, Inc., and is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA. For more information, visit http://www.vudu.com/.

About Trident Microsystems, Inc.

Trident Microsystems, Inc., with headquarters in Sunnyvale, California, is a leading force in the digital home entertainment market, delivering an extensive range of platform solutions that enhance the consumer experience in the Connected Home.  As one of the top-three semiconductor providers to both the TV and set-top box markets, Trident's solutions can be found in the products of leading OEMs and channel partners worldwide.  The company's extensive IP portfolio of more than 2,000 patents has been driving key innovations in image quality, 3D TV, low power consumption, and 45nm designs. For further information about Trident and its products, please consult the Company's web site: www.tridentmicro.com.

Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and is subject to the safe harbor created by those sections. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the integration of VUDU technology into Trident's DTV platform. Investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties, and there are important factors that could cause Trident's actual results to differ materially from those in the forward looking statements. These risks include, without limitation, that other competitors may offer similar access to direct streaming to VUDU's movie libraries; not all consumers will embrace the new level of interactivity to the home television; customers may not realize faster to market advanced Internet-connected HDTV's based solely on this feature; and that other services may be offered by other companies that are perceived as having greater value or stronger attributes. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date of this press release; Trident does not undertake any obligation to publicly revise or update any such forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the statement was made. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Additional information concerning factors that could cause results to differ can be found in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's most recently filed Reports on Form 8-K, Form 10-K and Form 10-Q, which are available at http://www.sec.gov.

NOTE: Trident and the Trident logo are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Trident Microsystems in the United States and /or other countries.  All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners.

SOURCE Trident Microsystems, Inc.

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