Samsung Swings With Widevine's DRM

Global agreement makes Widevine's video optimization and digital rights management available on connected TVs and Blu-ray players from Samsung

June 22, 2010

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SEATTLE and SEOUL -- Widevine, a provider of digital entertainment solutions, today announced that it has signed a global agreement with Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. to distribute Widevine’s live and on-demand adaptive streaming, virtual DVD-like “trick play” and digital rights management (DRM) on Samsung connected devices. These technologies from Widevine will enable Samsung to support TV Everywhere and over-the-top delivery initiatives from Internet content providers and large cable, satellite and telecommunication companies.

As one of Samsung’s preferred partners, the Widevine client will be shipped on millions of Samsung devices in 2010. Widevine’s DRM and adaptive streaming software is already included in 2009 models of Samsung connected TVs and Blu-ray players shipped in the United States. This agreement enables Samsung to expand distribution on a worldwide basis.

Today consumers can connect to the Internet and access thousands of hours of video content, from the latest blockbuster movies to the most popular television shows, using their TV, Blu-ray player or mobile phone, among other devices. Widevine’s video optimization and DRM technology will ensure consumers using Samsung devices will receive the ultimate viewing experience for both live and on-demand content. Samsung will include Widevine’s adaptive streaming, virtual DVD-like controls and DRM on many of its most popular connected devices.

“Samsung is committed to meeting its customers’ evolving needs in this fast-paced, digital era,” said Yoon-Soon Ahn, vice president of R & D, Samsung. “In order to continue in this tradition, we selected a video optimization and DRM vendor that understood our success in innovation and design in order to develop devices that satisfy our customers’ requirements. We are particularly excited to add Widevine’s live HTTP adaptive streaming technology to our products.”

Widevine Technologies Inc.

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC)

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