Nokia’s Comes With Music unlimited download service has
performed short of expectations with approximately only 23,000 people buying
the special phones equipped with 1 year of music service, a low number given
the amount of advertising. Nokia has not released any statistics and claimed that any
numbers are unofficial, but defends Comes With Music as a "very new
business model." Nokia also hopes to adjust both its strategy and
marketing pitch. Nokia’s Comes With Music is a collaboration between Nokia and Universal
Music in an attempt to evade dependence on Apple by using music subscription
through phones rather than pay-per-track downloads on PC. However, Nokia’s
unwillingness to remove protected Windows Media files prevents customers from
easily moving songs to the Apple devices they have, while the removal of copy
protection from iTunes songs further encourages a shift way from Nokia’s
More information at http://www.electronista.com/articles/09/04/22/nokia.cwm.disappointment
Warner Bros. launches new trade-in program for HD-DVD owners to
get Blu-ray versions of their HD-DVD movies. The new program, "Red2Blu," allows customers to upgrade
titles they currently own on HD-DVD to Blu-ray. On Red2Blu.com, consumers can
trade up virtually any of their WHV HD-DVD titles (up to 25) for the same title
on Blu-ray for a small fee plus shipping and handling. "Red2Blu" is currently
available to only United States residents.
More information at http://www.dvdtown.com/news/trade-in-your-hd-dvds-for-blu-ray-editions/6572
ZONIK, Saudi Arabia-based electronics company, has successfully rolled out
their digital content kiosk solution. The kiosks, based in stores throughout
Saudi Arabia, allow customers in stores to browse, purchase and download
thousands of legitimate digital albums, music videos and movies to portable media
players or memory devices.
Zonik led the research, development and integration for the entire solution and
selected Eagle Eye Technology, a UK-based software solution provider, to create
the kiosk solution incorporating applications and an administration suite of
tools that allows managed distribution of the content throughout the
geographically diverse kiosk estate. The software is backed by a rich catalog
of digital content supplied by major international record labels and movie
studios and home-grown Saudi Arabian content suppliers.
The kiosk solution supports the download of digital content onto compatible USB
drives, Memory Cards, Bluetooth enabled devices, CDs, MP3 and MP4 players,
Plays for Sure Devices and the iPod range. Digital content can be transferred
to a consumer’s device in a matter of seconds for music and minutes for full
length feature films.
More information at http://www.sourcewire.com/releases/rel_display.php?relid=47048&hilite
Indian mobile operators added a record 15.64 million customers
in March, helped by the expansion of networks to smaller towns and rural areas,
data from the telecoms regulator showed. India, the world’s fastest-growing
wireless market, has seen its mobile subscriber base increase by 50 percent,
adding more than 130 million as reported by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of
India. India is the second-biggest market for wireless services, trailing China
which has more than 600 million users. Indian operators had added 15.41 million
customers in January and 13.45 million users in February.
More information at http://uk.reuters.com/article/technologyNewsMolt/idUKTRE53L0T320090422
The Korean music industry is changing approach toward illegal
downloading. Instead of chasing after illegal downloaders, the industry is
fighting against rampant music piracy through educational campaigns and
employing technical protection for digital audio files. Leo Doek-yo, CEO of the
Korean Association of Phonogram Producers (KAPP) acknowledged that KAPP
realized “our actions (suing illegal downloaders) would not help in rooting out
the already widely-known and practice.” KAPP started the educational
“Bul-ggeun” campaign in 2007 and is still busy trying to come up with effective
plans to ban users from downloading illegally.
Technical protection measures have been used worldwide but music
technology experts in Korea have come up with an elaborate, five-level measure
for digital audio.
The first level bans certain lyrics and titles. When users find
a way by playing with the words in both the Korean and English languages, the
second level is activated, banning the lineups and mix-ups of certain words.
The third level bans different types of files, such as MP3/AVI files, from
being downloaded, while the fourth recognizes certain “hash functions,” or the
digital function each song and movie has as a characteristic. The final level,
which is currently only carried out in Korea, is the filtering stage, in which
content production and distribution companies offer special servers that
recognize the specific codes songs have. These songs are registered to certain
companies like KAPP and when a user downloads or even uploads any kind of
property registered, the contents will be transmitted to the server and be
confirmed as property violation. As soon as server recognizes the codes,
downloads and uploads are severed.
Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Group urge technology
industry, business and governments and the general public to participate
through dialog and collaboration to address cybercrime and help instill trust
in the Internet. Microsoft also discussed progress toward enabling End-to-End
Trust, a vision for a safer, more trusted Internet. Four critical areas have
been advanced: security and privacy fundamentals, creations of a trusted stack
with security rooted in hardware; in-person proofing based on identify claims;
and social, political, economic and IT industry alignment for change.
Microsoft has been sharing its security and privacy practices
such as Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) and Active Protections Program to
the IT community to build secure software and protect customers.
A “trusted stack” encompasses all components of the computing
environment including operating systems, people and data. Windows 7 Beta
includes support for Trusted Platform Modules (TPM), a security base rooted in
hardware with features such as Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption; AppLocker, and
More information at http://www.net-security.org/secworld.php?id=7376
After a series of major changes to the BBC iPlayer including
offering of HD streams and downloads, The BBC further made some changes to the
digital rights management (DRM) of its HDTV broadcasts. One personal copy of HD
content is allowed to be burned to a Blu-ray disc from BBC content saved to the
hard-drive. However, attempts to make more copies to disc or rip content to a
PC will be blocked.
BBC HD Danielle Nagler explained, “It will now be possible to
make a single HD Blu-ray copy of one of our programmes, although not copies of
copies. An HD connection to a protected home network will also be possible,
although an HD connection to the internet or portable devices will not work…
Partial unlocking of some paths should also enable the high quality standard
definition RGB outputs from some set-top boxes.”
GulfPines Communications, LLC has selected Verimatrix’s IPTV
solution, Video Content Authority System (VCAS), to deliver a powerful,
advanced video solution. The VCAS has been fully integrated with the Falcon
IP/Complete™ IPTV delivery system, which encompasses content aggregation and
delivery from satellite, router, and DSLAM on past the middleware where other
systems end. Verimatrix will demonstrate the Falcon IP/Complete solution at NAB
2009. The MPEG-4 IPTV platform from Falcon IP/Complete combines security
technology from Verimatrix and middleware from Thomson.
More information at http://www.fierceiptv.com/story/nab-gulfpines-chooses-falcon-verimatrix/2009-04-20?utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss&cmp-id=OTC-RSS-FI0 and http://www.verimatrix.com/newsevents/press_releasedetail.php?pressrelease_id=166
Real Networks attempted to provide consumer with software that
allows copying DVDs of movies, and the copyright industry has barred the sale
of the software. RealDVD was launched last year and is supposed to allow users
to copy any DVD they wish. The act of copying a DVD has always been considered
contrary to the DVD CSS license agreement, and prompted the Motion Pictures
Association of America (MPAA) to take action, getting a court to ban the sale
of RealDVD and also released their own version of DVD copying incorporating
copy protection technologies.
More information at http://www.zeropaid.com/news/86046/judge-hears-realdvd-case
Broadcast Asia has liaised with CCP with the objective of providing our members with better prices for booths. For those CCP members already taking booths and have offices in Singapore this may interest you.
The IMAP program is for those CCP companies that have their registrations in Singapore, and regional offices based in Singapore. It would be a 50% discount on booth costs. Please follow up if you are interested.
Please contact directly:
Sales Manager (Communications)
Singapore Exhibition Services Pte Ltd
DID: +65-6233 6673
Fax: +65-6276 1698
Mobile: +65-9226 2299
No. 1 Jalan Kilang Timor #09-02 Pacific Tech Centre Singapore 159303
Centre for Content Protection