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Widevine Allowed Patent on Transcoding Broadcast Content for Internet Delivery
Widevine’s Sixty Third Patent Covers Transcoding Actions Such as Encryption, Encoding, and Encapsulation
SEATTLE, WA–(September 2, 2010) - Widevine, a provider of digital entertainment solutions, today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has allowed Widevine new patent claims, which provide intellectual property protection for transcoding broadcast content for Internet delivery. The invention allows consumers to enjoy live, high definition (HD) entertainment over the Internet. The premium broadcast content may be viewed using Internet connected consumer electronics and mobile devices.
According to Glenn Morten, Widevine’s CTO and patent co-author, “Efficiently grooming broadcast content for retransmission via Internet Protocols is fundamentally important to enabling a high quality entertainment experience on a wide range of devices.”
Obtaining its 63rd patent marks Widevine’s progress in developing digital media innovations through its multimillion-dollar research and development efforts.
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.
“I am pleased with the continued growth in our intellectual property portfolio,” said Brian Baker, Widevine’s CEO and patent co-author. “Widevine has one of the largest concentrations of video optimization and digital rights management expertise in the world. This latest patent further proves Widevine’s technical capabilities and ability to offer a sustainable competitive advantage for over-the-top and TV Everywhere operators worldwide.”
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.
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.