Allen's claims cover three Internet-driven patents linked to e-commerce and Internet search capabilities.
The deal is a big one for Evolution and Conax, which have been pitching their Digital Video Broadcasting platform to small and mid-sized US cable operators. (See Cracks Emerge in the Moto-Cisco Duopoly .)
Best Buy Co. Inc. is the latest to sign on, picking Widevine as its "preferred provider" for DRM and adaptive streaming for its Insignia-branded TVs, Blu-ray players, and other media players. The retailer expects to be shipping Widevine-enabled devices, which will feed in over-the-top video services, in the third quarter of 2010. Widevine CEO Brian Barker says his company's software will enable those devices to support traditional DVD-like trick-play functions (fast-forward, rewind, etc.) and chaptering and bookmarking without buffering. (See Widevine Scores Best Buy Deal.)
— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable