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Widevine Selected By EchoStar for Digital Rights Management
EchoStar’s SlingLoaded Set-Top Boxes Embed Widevine’s DRM
SEATTLE, WA–(August 10, 2010) - Widevine, a provider of multiplatform digital rights management (DRM) and video optimization solutions, today announced that EchoStar Technologies L.L.C. and Sling Media, Inc., wholly owned subsidiaries of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), have selected Widevine’s DRM solution for the protection of content delivered by SlingLoaded™ consumer devices, giving added security when subscribers are watching or controlling their TV programming from a wide universe of video devices. This announcement was made in advance of EchoStar’s and Widevine’s participation at the Cable Labs Summer Conference 2010 in Keystone, Colo., Aug.15-18.
EchoStar’s SlingLoaded set-top boxes provide an entertainment centerpiece combining cutting edge video and IP technologies, making it easy to watch and control your home TV from virtually anywhere, anytime from your desktop PC, Mac, laptop, or supported smartphones.
“Our innovative consumer devices embedded with Widevine’s widely adopted security bring peace of mind to content owners and service providers seeking to maintain their revenue model while providing consumers unparalleled flexibility to watch their content on the go,” said Mark Jackson, president of EchoStar Technologies L.L.C. “This collaborative solution gives cable, satellite, telco or other service providers seeking a multi-screen solution another layer of industry-accepted security for placeshifting home TV content to PCs, Macs and other consumer electronics.”
“EchoStar has developed an innovative platform for extending traditional delivery of TV content inside and outside the digital home, including to mobile clients,” Brian Baker, Widevine CEO said. “Our solution provides consumers ultimate flexibility to watch content when and where they want. Widevine’s multiplatform DRM is critical to the success of this vision.”
The Widevine platform is deployed by major Internet content services and large cable, satellite and telecommunication companies launching Internet-accessible pay TV services. 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.
About EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
EchoStar Technologies L.L.C., a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), spans more than 25 years of delivering innovations in TV entertainment, advanced set-top boxes, and end-to-end video delivery systems. EchoStar designs and engineers products for satellite, IPTV, cable, terrestrial, and consumer electronics markets worldwide by combining engineering, supply chain, manufacturing, and service into one company. EchoStar provides customers with competitive business strategies, practices, and reduced product and operational costs. Visit www.echostar.com.
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 such as mobile devices including iPads, iPhones and Android 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.
Widevine is a privately held corporation headquartered in Seattle, WA, whose investors include Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO), Charter Ventures, Constellation Ventures, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd (DNP), Liberty Global (NASDAQ: LBTYA), PaceSetter Capital Group, Phoenix Partners, Samsung Ventures America, TELUS (NYSE: TU), and VantagePoint Venture Partners.