US Open Readies Live Video

4:30 PM -- Today on Contentinople:

  • The U.S. Open is using several technology firms that range from startup Origin Digital to giant IBM to live stream more than 150 tennis matches online for this year's tournament. That's significantly more than last year, when only the men's final between Roger Federer and Andy Roddick was streamed, because rain postponed it to Monday when viewers would be at work. If last year's streaming garnered 300,000 views with little promotion, how much traffic will stampede onto USOpen.org this year?

  • Indian online video site BIGFlix has chosen BuyDRM to secure its video content.

And in today's News Bits, Google announces it is adopting the EPUB standard format for its 1 million-strong e-book library.

— The Staff, Contentinople

LatrellL 12/5/2012 | 3:57:44 PM
re: US Open Readies Live Video

BuyDRM's KeyOS Rights Management Platform is being used to enable content protection and download management for BIGFlix's paid download and streaming video services. The content protection piece allows customers to download and watch their films later, or they can start watching the film while it downloads in the background.
BIGFlix currently sells downloadable movies in Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT)'s Windows Media format, but that could soon change. BuyDRM CEO Christopher Levy says the company is analyzing other technologies, such as Microsoft Silverlight, that it could use to deliver videos.
BIGFlix, which is a subsidiary of Reliance Big Entertainment (the same group that is providing funding for Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks Studios), hosts a wide range of new and classic Bollywood content, as well as Indian television and music videos. With this, they might not need any debt consolidation with the new client.

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