News Round-Up (V): Netgem, Microsoft, Opera, Oregan, Widevine

--Netgem Integrates Microsoft Silverlight and Play Ready, Launches New Range of Internet/TV Adapters
--Opera Launches Multiple Solutions for Connected/Hybrid TV
--Oregan Taps Widevine for OTT Adaptive Streaming and DRM, Debuts Motion-Sensing Remote
Due to the huge volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days by the IBC, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up format. We anticipate that it will take a few more days for us to catch up with all the recent news: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered in this issue,...

Best Buy Taps Widevine to Provide Video Optimization and DRM for its Insignia Connected-TV Devices

Content protection and video optimization specialist, Widevine , said Tuesday that electronics retailer, Best Buy , has tapped it to be a "preferred" provider of adaptive streaming, virtual DVD-like controls and digital rights management (DRM) for its Insignia-branded connected-TV devices, which include television sets, Blu-ray players and media players. According to the company, its video optimization and DRM technologies will enable content owners and service providers to deliver content directly to Insignia devices in an...

Widevine to Provide Boxee with Adaptive Streaming and DRM

Content protection and video optimization specialist, Widevine , and OTT specialist, Boxee , said Wednesday that they will collaborate to make Widevine's adaptive streaming, virtual DVD controls and DRM technologies available in consumer electronics devices containing Boxee's software platform. As a result, the companies say, Boxee customers will be able to access more high-quality, premium content than ever before. "We are excited to work with Boxee, one of the most innovative media center platforms available...

News Round-Up

--Cameron Death Promoted to SVP and GM of NBC Universal Digital Studio
--Comcast Increases VOD Movie Line-Up for Customers in Pacific Northwest by 450%
--MobiTV DRM Allows Video Downloads to BlackBerry Torch for Local Playback
--Total Immersion's Augmented Reality Slot Machine Returns
Here are some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: NBC Universal has announced the promotion of Cameron Death to SVP and general manager of its NBC Universal Digital Studio . The latter, which Death has helmed since its launch back in 2008, creates original digital content for major advertisers and distributes it across multiple platforms. "With the Digital Studio, Death has already created an industry-leading and profitable new business...

News Round-Up (X)

--Warner Bros. Launches New SVOD Service on BT Vision
--Widevine to Provide DRM, Video Optimization for DISH Network's "TV Everywhere" Service
--YouTube Once Again Available on Syabas Popbox and Popcorn Hour OTT Devices
--Cisco Joins Zodiac Partner Program to Support Cable tru2way Deployments
The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, so we are covering most stories in round-up/summary form, and we anticipate that there will be some additional interruptions of our regular news publishing schedule beyond that. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. Warner Bros. has launched a new subscription VOD service, dubbed WarnerFilms, on the Microsoft Mediaroom-powered hybrid DTT/IPTV platform, BT Vision. According to the company, the service will provide...

Widevine Lands Deal with Netflix, Releases v4.4.4 of its Video Optimization/DRM Platform for OTT/TVE

--Platform Also Being Used by Best Buy, Blockbuster, Sonic Solutions
Content security specialist, Widevine , revealed Wednesday that its video optimization and DRM platform for over-the-top and TV Everywhere services delivered to retail consumer electronics devices is being used by Netflix to secure the latter's "Watch Instantly" instant streaming service; and also announced the commercial availability of version 4.4.4 of the platform.

According to the company, features offered by the new release include: Support for live HTTP streaming, file downloads, progressive downloads...

Widevine DRM and Video Optimization Tech Incorporated into Metrological's Mediaconnect TV

DRM and video optimization solutions provider, Widevine , said Monday that its adaptive streaming, virtual DVD/Blu-ray features and DRM technologies are being integrated with Metrological Media 's Metroconnect operating system for use on Metrological's new hybrid/OTT device, Mediaconnect TV, in order to ensure that "subscribers enjoy highest-quality, over-the-top video content" on the device.

Metrological bills its software platform as enabling operators to extend OTT media entertainment services to their subscribers, and bills...