Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): Twentieth Century Fox, Cablevision, Verizon, Verismo, Verimatrix

--Twentieth Century Fox to Allow Blu-ray Customers to Transfer Movies to Android Smartphones
--USITC Rules in Cablevision's Favor on Four of the Five STB Patents at Stake in Dispute with Verizon
--OTT Specialist, Verismo Networks, Taps Verimatrix for Content Protection

Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format:

  • Twentieth Century Fox has struck a deal with Google that will enable consumers who purchase certain of its Blu-ray disc movies (starting in October with "X-Men: First Class") to download a digital file of the movie to their PC and then sideload it to their Android smartphone, the Financial Times reported last week. The service will initially be available in the US, the UK, France and Germany, the newspaper said. A key factor in Fox's agreeing to make its movies available on Android is believed to have been Google's acquisition last December of content-protection specialist, Widevine.
  • The US International Trade Commission last week upheld a judge's ruling that Cablevision did not infringe on four set-top box patents held by Verizon, but stated that Cablevision is violating a fifth Verizon patent (US#6,381,748). As part of the patent-infringement case it launched against Cablevision in March of last year (see the article published on, March 19th, 2010), Verizon has been seeking to prevent the cable MSO from importing several Cisco set-top boxes, and the USITC says that it is still weighing whether to prevent importation of the boxes, based on the patent that it believes Cablevision to still be violating. However, the latter patent has been invalidated by a judge in a separate patent-infringement dispute between Verizon and Cablevision vendor, ActiveVideo Networks. Light Reading Cable's Jeff Baumgartner has more on the Cablevision-Verizon patent dispute and its implications.
  • Verismo Networks and Verimatrix have announced a global partnership that they say will see the latter's Video Content Authority System (VCAS) securing and protecting all content delivered via Verismo's broadband TV platform. "We are enhancing our widely deployed broadband TV platform offering by integrating it with the industry's leading content-protection solution from Verimatrix for secure delivery of content over the Internet," Prakash Bhalerao, chairman and CEO of Verismo Networks, said in a prepared statement. "This new collaborative relationship and integration with Verimatrix, in addition to our existing DRM solutions, illustrates Verismo's strong commitment to protecting content and delivering it securely via our broadband platform across the globe."
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