Chunghwa Taps Widevine for IPTV Expansion

Widevine Technologies, provider of downloadable content protection, forensic watermarking and digital copy protection solutions, have announced that Taiwan’s state-owned Chunghwa Telecom has purchased an additional 300,000 Virtual SmartCard clients to secure premium linear broadcast and video-on-demand, IPTV delivery across a wide range of consumer electronics devices.

“The expansion of Chunghwa’s core VOD and linear broadcast offerings is an important step forward in realizing our vision of offering MOD services to our entire subscriber base of four million customers,” said Yi-Fong Chang, Managing Director of Chunghwa’s Multimedia Department. ”Our ability to acquire and license premium content for our fixed line business has been greatly enhanced by Widevine’s comprehensive content protection solutions. We chose Widevine over other solutions because of its solid reputation with Hollywood Studios and it is proven in IPTV deployments worldwide.”

“Widevine is up to the challenge of keeping Chunghwa’s content licenses intact,” says Brian Baker, Widevine’s President and CEO. “We are pleased to continue an aggressive expansion across the country and evaluate other opportunities to assist Chunghwa with the major motion picture studios and broadcasters.”

According to IP media research analyst Colin Dixon of The Diffusion Group, “Now that Chunghwa has proven it can scale its IPTV service, it is beginning to look at bringing those services to multiple consumer devices. Operators need a proven, single security solution such as Widevine’s that not only scales but also reaches across set top boxes, PCs and mobile phones.”

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