Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): NDS, Morega, Netflix, Miramax, Western Digital

--NDS to Secure Morega's "TV Everywhere" Solution
--Netflix Begins its Latin American/Caribbean Roll-Out
--Miramax, Western Digital Support Netflix's Latin American Roll-Out

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.

  • NDS has formed a technology partnership with Morega Systems that sees it integrating VideoGuard Connect, its DRM system for multiplatform pay-TV (see the article published on, August 31st), with Morega's content delivery solution for multichannel operators. "Morega's technology enables pay-TV operators to deploy TV Everywhere services that allow subscribers to consume premium content on a range of devices including smartphones, tablets and PC's," NDS states in its press materials. "By using VideoGuard Connect, Morega is able to offer end-to-end service protection for sideloaded content." Said Morega president and CEO, Philip Poulidis: "We believe that in the coming years consumers will expect media mobility to be a standard feature of any pay-TV package. This is a service that is in great demand from users, but one that can be a challenge for operators since they have to guarantee they can protect premium content from the threat of file sharing. By working with NDS as our security partner, we are able to give customers even greater confidence that they can make the most of their most valuable asset--content--without the threat of it being compromised during the move to new platforms."
  • Netflix said Monday that it has launched in Brazil, and that it expects its service to be available in 43 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean by September 12th. The Brazilian version of the service will initially be available under a one-month free trial. "Today, the Portuguese-language version of Netflix launched in Brazil, where thousands of hours of movies and TV shows can now be watched instantly, anytime and anywhere via PC, Mac, PS2, PS3 and Wii for a monthly subscription price of BR$14.99," the company states in its press materials. "On Wednesday, 7 Sept., the Spanish-language version of the Netflix streaming service will become available in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. The monthly subscription for unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows in Argentina is 39 pesos while in Uruguay and Paraguay the price is US$7.99 per month. On Thursday, 8 Sept., Netflix will become available in Chile at 3,790 pesos per month and in Bolivia at US$7.99 per month. On Friday, 9 Sept., Netflix will begin unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows via the Internet in the Andean region. In Colombia, the monthly subscription price will be 14,000 Colombian pesos while in Venezuela, Peru and Ecuador the price will be US$7.99. On Monday, 12 September, Netflix will launch its service in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. In Mexico, the monthly subscription price for unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows over the Internet will be 99 pesos while in Central America and the Caribbean the price will be US$7.99 per month. In the Caribbean region, Netflix will be available in English and Spanish."
  • In related news: 1) Miramax has announced that "hundreds" of its film titles will be available via streaming in international markets, as the result of a new multi-year agreement with Netflix (note: Miramax titles have been available in the US via Netflix's streaming service since May). " Beginning this month, Netflix members in Latin American territories including Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina will be able to instantly watch more than 140 Miramax movies, with dozens of titles being added on a rotating basis," Miramax states in its press materials. "The movies can be watched on multiple platforms, including TV, tablet, PC and mobile phones. Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed." 2) Western Digital has announced that Netflix's new Portuguese-language streaming service is now available through its WD TV Live Plus media players in Brazil. The devices also provide access to such services as YouTube, Facebook, Picasa and TuneIn Radio. In addition, Western Digital says, the WD TV Live Plus "lets Brazilian consumers stream photos, music and videos from any Mac or PC computer or network storage device such as the My Book Live drive, over home networks and onto the television. Any USB drive, like the WD My Passport and My Book product families can be directly plugged into the media player's USB port for instant enjoyment of personal content," the company's press materials continue. "WD TV Live Plus even supports the connection of a USB camcorder or digital camera. The powerful media processing in the WD TV Live Plus media player enables playback in full-HD 1080p resolution and supports most types of video and audio formats."
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