News Round-Up (VI): RCDb, Verimatrix, Rogers, Syabas, VBox

--RCDb, Verimatrix Team on Secure OTT Video Solution for Blu-ray Players
--Rogers' "TV Everywhere" Service Proving Popular, Will Shortly Offer Movie Rentals
--Syabas Teams with VBox to Enable Live TV Reception on Popcorn Hour OTT Device

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, please bear with us. Our regular news coverage will return shortly.

  • TV software and data services company, Related Content Database (RCDb) and content-security specialist, Verimatrix, have announced the launch at IBC of a licensable solution for securing premium video content for OTT distribution to Internet-connected Blu-ray players. "The joint solution highlights how broadcasters, programmers and network operators can leverage the rapidly expanding base of Internet-connected Blu-ray players to cost-effectively extend their revenue footprint through branded video services," the companies state in their press materials. "RCDb's licensable Blu-ray disc client and server platform enables a complete operator-branded BD-Live service that supports both IP delivery of TV content and the extension of an operator's STB user experience to consumer-friendly Blu-ray players. Verimatrix has extended its MultiRights architecture for encryption, secure key management and device authentication to protect streaming content to Blu-ray players. No custom player integration is required, as the integrated application is delivered in the form of a spec-compliant Blu-ray disc and the secure content delivery leverages the standards-based and studio-endorsed AACS content protection built into every device."
  • Canadian pay-TV operator, Rogers Communications, has announced that its "TV Everywhere" service, Rogers On Demand Online, now has nearly 250,000 customers--i.e. 10% of its cable customer base. The company has also announced plans to complement the service with a new Rogers On Demand Online Rentals service that is scheduled to launch next month and to offer around 400 titles at launch.
  • Syabas, a Fremont, Calif.-based company that specializes in over-the-top set-top hardware and software, and VBox, a provider of converged digital broadcast and IPTV solutions, have announced a joint solution that will allow live TV reception on Syabas's Popcorn Hour OTT device without adding an additional device.


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