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Accedo and Widevine to Deliver OTT Video Services

Accedo Broadband and Widevine announced an agreement to deliver over-the-top (OTT) video services.

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Accedo and Widevine Partner to Deliver OTT Video Services

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS–(September 10, 2010) – Accedo Broadband, the leading provider of TV app stores and applications, and Widevine, a provider of digital entertainment solutions, today announced a partnership to deliver over-the-top (OTT) video services. Widevine’s adaptive streaming, virtual DVD controls and digital rights management (DRM) platform will be available for integration with Accedo’s application solutions. With this partnership, operators will be able to deliver the highest-quality viewing experience to their customers using Accedo applications.

The Widevine platform is deployed by major Internet content services and large cable, satellite and telecommunication companies launching over-the-top and TV Everywhere strategies. The company’s software platform optimizes the entertainment experience for content delivered over any network to any device. The solution is natively supported in nearly all major brands and types of network connected consumer electronics including televisions, Blu-ray players, mobile devices, gaming systems and more.

“With the proliferation of TV devices with over the top delivery of premium video content, DRM solutions are more important than ever,” commented Michael Lantz, CEO, Accedo Broadband. “We are excited about our new partnership with Widevine, which is enabling us to provide our customers with one of the market leading content protection solutions in Connected TV apps.”

“Accedo is one of the global leaders in providing apps for IPTV and Connected TV. We are very happy to be able to jointly offer proven solutions to the market,” commented Brian Baker, CEO, Widevine. “We are already working together on several great next-generation video services for OTT distribution and we look forward to bringing the partnership to the next level.”

Accedo and Widevine will demonstrate Connected TV applications for Blu-ray players and TVs on their respective stands at IBC in Amsterdam. Widevine and Accedo can be found in the IPTV Zone in stands, 314 and 703 respectively.

About Accedo Broadband
Accedo Broadband is the leading provider of applications for IPTV and Connected TV. Accedo Broadband provides the largest available application store for IPTV and Connected TV containing, for example, IPTV games, quizzes, puzzles, video art, music, karaoke, lifestyle, niche sports, weather, social media and communication services. Accedo’s Funspot gaming service is the most widely deployed IPTV gaming service in the world.

Accedo is a privately held company founded by telecom and media entrepreneurs Michael Lantz and Fredrik Andersson primarily backed by Swedish VC Industrifonden. Accedo Broadband is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden with branch offices in London, San Francisco and Hong Kong.

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About Widevine
Widevine provides digital media solutions for the delivery of digital entertainment to any device. Hundreds of service providers and device manufacturers use Widevine’s multiplatform DRM and video optimization solutions for securing high quality video and audio. Today, millions of consumers enjoy digital entertainment secured and optimized by Widevine on retail consumer electronics devices and legacy STBs from all major consumer brands. With over 60 patents Widevine is an industry leader and innovator of content protection and video optimization technologies.