Interactive TV News Round-Up (VI): Rovi, Samsung, MTC, Softel, Nexidia, Solekai, DECE

--Rovi in DivX Licensing Deals with Samsung, MTC
--Softel-Nexidia Partnership Results in Two New Subtitling/Captioning Solutions
--Solekai Systems Tapped to Help Create Compliance Verification Program for UltraViolet

Due to the large volume of news generated by the IFA and IBC 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 yet see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us.

  • Rovi has signed a multi-year licensing agreement with Samsung that will allow the latter to integrate Rovi's DivX technology into its CE devices. "The DivX technology will continue to feature prominently on Samsung's range of popular mobile devices including the greatly anticipated Galaxy S II LTE and Galaxy Note smartphone," Rovi states in its press materials. "Since the launch in 2007, DivX technology has been featured on more than 80 Samsung phone models. Samsung was the first to offer phones with DivX technology on multiple mobile platforms including LiMo, Symbian, Windows Mobile, bada and Android. DivX technology has also played an integral role in the launch of several leading-edge Samsung mobile devices including the Galaxy S, the world's first Android mobile phone that is DivX Certified for HD at 720p, as well as the Galaxy line of tablets. Devices certified for DivX provide consumers with a comprehensive digital media solution that makes it easy to transfer Internet video for enjoyment on an extensive, multi-manufacturer ecosystem of consumer electronics devices. All DivX devices contain digital rights management technology to enable the secure playback of premium movies in the DivX format. Global online retailers offering titles in the DivX format include Film Fresh, the WB Shop, and Media Markt. Over 500 million DivX home and mobile consumer electronics devices have shipped into the market worldwide from leading manufacturers." Rovi has also signed a multi-year licensing agreement for its DivX technology with Chinese CE manufacturer, MTC. "Through the new agreement, MTC will expand its implementation of DivX Plus HD, the premium level of certification, and use it across its product lines, including digital set-top boxes, DVD and Blu-ray disc players, and digital TV's," Rovi states in its press materials. "Building on Rovi's expansive ecosystem that includes more than 500 million devices with DivX technology, MTC devices will be able to take full advantage of the range of Internet video and Hollywood entertainment available around the world in DivX formats...Devices certified for the DivX Plus HD profile can easily play back DivX .AVI and DivX Plus .MKV files up to 1080p as well as protected Hollywood entertainment in the DivX and DivX Plus HD format for an optical disc, USB drive, or streamed wirelessly between devices in a home network using DLNA. The Certification program has resulted in the creation of a comprehensive digital media solution that makes it easy for consumers to enjoy video entertainment across an extensive, multi-manufacturer ecosystem of consumer electronics devices."
  • Softel (IBC Stand 1.A27) has announced two new products for the creation and repurposing of caption and subtitle files. "Softel has partnered with Nexidia, Inc., a leading provider of dialog analysis technology and combined Nexidia systems with proprietary Softel technologies, which have been in R&D for many years," Softel states in its press materials. "The resulting line of Swift ReSync products dramatically increases output and reduces costs for subtitle and caption timing with productivity gains of 40 to 90 percent. Swift ReSync TiGo automates the timing of new subtitles and captions as they are created, and Swift ReSync Enterprise automates the re-timing of existing subtitle and caption files to match newly edited programs, ready for automated re-airing. By adding the Swift ReSync TiGo option to the Swift Create workstation, operators are freed from the time-consuming and sometimes error-prone task of manually setting the timing for each new subtitle and caption. Using Nexidia's patented dialog analysis as well as Softel’s proprietary algorithms, Swift Create instantly and precisely assigns timecodes to subtitles and captions automatically. This is achieved by taking account of recorded speech, shot-change information, reading-speed calculations and other considerations to free up valuable subtitler/captioner time. Crucially, the systems offer support for multiple languages including Arabic (modern standard), Dutch, English (North American, Australian and UK), French (European), German, Italian, and Spanish (Castilian and Latin American). With the explosion of broadcasting and new media platforms and strict new regulations requiring new media to be subtitled or captioned, broadcasters are struggling to deliver massive quantities of subtitled and captioned media quickly and affordably. Swift ReSync Enterprise is a backoffice server-based system which automates batch re-timing of existing subtitle and caption files to match videos that have been edited for re-broadcast or re-distribution. With Swift ReSync Enterprise, broadcasters and post-production houses will be able to subtitle and caption more content for more viewers at a far lower cost. Swift ReSync TiGo and Swift ReSync Enterprise supplement the existing Softel Swift product line for the creation, encoding, transcoding, insertion and transmission of captions and subtitles. The Swift ReSync family enhances the Swift Create workstation and Swift backoffice to deliver the efficiency, reliability and cost savings that next-generation broadcasting will rely on."
  • Software engineering services company, Solekai Systems, has announced that it is supporting the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE), the 70+ member consortium that is developing the UltraViolet digital rights locker system (is designed to allow consumers to view digital media content that they have purchased on multiple devices, once they have authenticated themselves). "Solekai is acting in an advisory capacity in the design of the UltraViolet Compliance Verification Program, and also designing and creating a set of accompanying verification suites and test tools to be used for the upcoming launch of the UltraViolet ecosystem," the company states in its press materials. "Set to launch this fall, UltraViolet is designed to address the growing discontent with today's highly fragmented market for digital video by providing consumers with a new, compelling way to collect and enjoy movies and TV shows from a wide array of outlets. This ecosystem will combine the benefits of cloud access with the power of an open, industry standard--empowering consumers to use multiple content services and device brands interchangeably, at home and on-the-go. In July, DECE announced the deployment of the licensing program and technical specifications, and initial licensees are now integrating and testing the UltraViolet digital rights locker system, which DECE will operate as a shared cloud resource. Solekai, a provider of market-leading and innovative digital video development, integration and testing solutions, is working with DECE to design and develop certain parts of the UltraViolet technology infrastructure including a set of Common File Format (CFF) generation and verification tools. The UltraViolet CFF file format is designed to be used for downloads and streaming, allowing consumers to share content files directly among multiple brands of registered apps/devices, even as they may run different UltraViolet-compliant Digital Rights Management (DRM) systems. CFF-formatted content can be encoded and encrypted by content providers once, and then be played by consumers across a wide range of multiple platforms, creating a highly efficient and streamlined alternative to today's vertical distribution electronic sell-through (EST) systems."
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