Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): PayWizard, RCDb, Verimatrix

--PayWizard Adds Voucher Capability, Free Account-to-Account Transfers to its DTV Payment Platform
--RCDb Launches WatchWith Service Delivery Platform for OTT TV Distribution
--RCDb, Verimatrix Team to Deliver Premium Video to LG Connected TV's, Blu-ray Players
Due to the large volume of news generated by the IFA, IBC and CEDIA trade shows--and because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2011 --we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us several days 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...

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...

Widevine to Protect Content on EchoStar STB's Equipped with Sling Media's TV Placeshifting Technology

Content protection and video optimization specialist, Widevine , said Tuesday that EchoStar's EchoStar Technologies and Sling Media subsidiaries have selected its DRM solution for the protection of content delivered by EchoStar's SlingLoaded set-top boxes (i.e. set-tops equipped with Sling Media's TV placeshifting technology, which allows users to watch and control their home TV remotely via desktop PC, Mac, laptop and a range of smartphones). Earlier this year (see the article published on, May 5th),...

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...

News Round-Up

--Verizon Launches FiOS Labs Site
--Over 200,000 Users Participate in ITV's Social Coverage of Election Debate
--ITC to Investigate Certain Cablevision STB's
--Microsoft Releases Silverlight 4
--MHL Consortium Aims to Develop New Interface Standard for Connecting Mobiles to HDTV's
--Sony to Integrate PlayTV with Facebook
--TiVo Calls on FCC to Probe Economics of CableCARD
--Widevine Selects Arxan's Application Hardening and Key Protection Solutions
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: Verizon revealed via Twitter Sunday that it has launched a FiOS Labs site , which it says will allow interested parties to "take a look backstage at some ideas we're working on, along with some of our most recently launched features." Projects listed on the site include an initiative with iheartradio to bring the latter's...

Netflix Licenses Irdeto's Cloakware Technology to Protect its Instant Streaming Content

--Says the Technology Will Enable It to Offer Instant Streaming Service on More CE Devices
Content protection specialist, Irdeto , said Tuesday that video rental company, Netflix , has licensed its Cloakware embedded security technology as part of its suite of content protection tools for its "Watch Instantly" instant streaming service. "We have always been committed to offering our members the greatest convenience, selection and value for instantly watching TV episodes and movies across a wide range of consumer electronics devices," Bill Holmes, Netflix's VP of business development, said in...

Funai Taps Widevine to Enable "TV Everywhere" Distribution on its Connected Devices

--Devices Include Philips-, Magnavox-, Sylvania- and Emerson-Branded Products
Content security specialist, Widevine , said Tuesday that Funai Electric Co .--which manufactures consumer electronics sold in the US under the Philips, Magnavox, Sylvania and Emerson brands--will incorporate its adaptive streaming technology, virtual DVD/Blu-ray-like controls and DRM solution on its Internet-connected HDTV's, Blu-ray players and other connected devices. According to the company, the deal means that its video optimization and DRM technology will enable cable, satellite and Internet providers to deliver a high-quality "TV Everywhere"...

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...

Widevine Secures $15 Million from Samsung, Liberty Global, Unnamed Satellite TV Provider

--Company Claims Relationships with Pay-TV and CE Industries Position it Well for "TV Everywhere"
Video content security and optimization specialist, Widevine , said Monday that it has secured $15 million in new funding from Liberty Global , Samsung Ventures (the venture capital arm of Samsung Group) and an unnamed "third corporation" described in a Widevine press release as "the world's...second largest satellite provider ." The company, which has raised close to $52 million to date, says that its technologies are playing a "central role" in the delivery of video...