CCP Event : Special session at the ABU on the Developments in Content Protection

The CENTRE FOR CONTENT PROTECTION will be holding a special
session at the ABU DIGITAL BROADCASTING SYMPOSIUM 2010 to highlight new and interesting developments for content
protection in the region during the event.

We hope that you
will make your way to our session on the

10 March 2010, 9.00am –
10.30am.
 
The location is at Hotel Istana, Baiduri Room.  It is a free
session.

Details of our session :-

“Alternatives for Content Protection in Free-to-Air”

 Time Session
Action(s) Presenter
9.00 – 9.05   Chairman Introductions    
Isa Seow / Member company representative
9.05 – 9.20
  Keynote
ASTRO
9.20 – 9.45
  Testimonials from member companies on the problems they face and the solutions they require DISNEY, CONAX, NAGRA present views.
9.45 – 10.10
  Conditional access member companies to highlight how they address the problem.  (A discussion)
ALL CCP MEMBERS (discussion on stage)
10.10-10.25         
   Crowd Q&A     
10.25 – 10.30
   Closing Remarks and Break     

   
INTRODUCTION

The primary objective of the conference is to provide a platform for content owners, conditional access companies and free to air operators to interact and build partnerships.  It is also to raise awareness to those in the free-to-air industry on the forms of content protection options available.

PARTICIPANTS

Participants of the session(s) should include regulators, free to air, telcos, conditional access companies, broadcasters, technology providers, content providers, content aggregators, mobile and IPTV, industry, broadcasters and others.

OBJECTIVES

•     To provide a platform for industry stakeholders, free to air operator, broadcasters, conditional access companies, government and vendors to interact

•     To explore emerging trends related to the industry

•     To build relationships and learn about business models,    partnerships and    industry developments

•     To introduce CCP as a neutral party

•     Discuss protection of content in various devices; highlight convergence issues

•     To address  current and new issues in relation to the industry

CONTACT

Managing Director
ISA SEOW
Mobile (Singapore) +65 82014421
Office +65 67772854

Assistant Junaidah Arifin +65 91830593
Fax +65 67740733

email: isa_seow@contentprotection.net
email: junaidah_arifin@contentprotection.net
 

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CCP Industry Updates – February

DIGITAL MEDIA DIGEST – FEBRUARY 2010
 
 
A. DIGITAL TELEVISION

1.    Spain: InOutTV and Electra announce Interactive TV Platform Service availability

Business Wire – 4 January


InOutTV and Electra have entered into a long term partnership to offer broadcast and connected interactive television services to consumers in Spain over DVB-T (DTT).
Nationwide service availability will commence from first quarter 2010 over InOutTV’s digital terrestrial TDT (DVB-T) network. Launch will commence on zapper and PVR STB silicon free-to-air and Premium TDT solutions, following shortly afterwards in digital TVs.
 
Electra’s patented technology Trove™ can be incorporated into virtually any mass market device – entry level set top boxes, digital television recorders and TVs – to provide a quality interactive experience. Supporting true colour, sound and games, Electra’s added-value offering will generate increased frequency and length of consumer visits, resulting in greater revenues. Services can be accessed with one button press, even from standby, and use less than one percent of the bandwidth compared to traditional MHP and MHEG-5 interactive TV services.
 
http://au.sys-con.com/node/1234382

   
2.    Large Screen Mobile Digital TV Becomes Reality with MyvuTV(R)
PRNewswire – 5 January

Myvu announced a new platform for its award winning Personal Media Viewers, MyvuTV.

The MyvuTV platform will include a built in digital TV receiver and a built in Flash player. The first products will offer DVBT, ISDBT and CMMB TV for TV and support AVI, FLV, RMVB (30 Frame/Sec) formats for the flash player. The initial products will ship in Q1 2010 in time for Football World Cup 2010.

MyvuTV was developed in partnership with EGOMAN of Shenzhen, China. The product will be available in retail from Myvu as well as in OEM configurations from Myvu’s partner, EGOMAN. The platform can easily be customized to suit large volume opportunities. Myvu selected EGOMAN because of their leading position in portable Digital TV and Personal Media Players.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/large-screen-mobile-digital-tv-becomes-reality-with-myvutvr-80694192.html

3.    Granada digital TV switchover complete

Cable.co.uk – 5 January

Homeowners in the Granada region have been informed that the area’s digital TV switchover has been completed.

Jo Waters, regional manager of Digital UK, has outlined in a statement to the North West Evening Mail that the end of the work means Freeview coverage has been extended to around 500,000 viewers. People affected by the changes may have to retune set-top boxes for changes to take effect, including those with BT Vision equipment.

http://www.cable.co.uk/news/granada-digital-tv-switchover-complete-19560517/

4.        United States: Mobile Digital TV finally ready for its close-up
   
    Sfgate – 5 January   

A few months after the Advanced Television Systems Committee approved a mobile digital TV standard, a whole range of products are being lined up for consumers at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas now. It won’t be long before mobile DTV will be able to make its way into a variety of portable products such as laptops, mobile phones, mp3 players etc.

Over 20 channels are slated to be run over Mobile DTV.  8 stations in the Washington DC area run these 20 channels.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/techchron/detail?entry_id=54679

5.    China: VisionChina Media Completes of Digital Media Group Acquisition

PRNewswire – 6 January

 
VisionChina Media Inc., one of China’s largest out-of-home digital television advertising networks on mass transportation systems, announced the completion of the Company’s previously announced acquisition of Digital Media Group, a leader in China’s subway mobile television advertising market.
 
The transaction creates China’s largest and most comprehensive mobile television advertising network, furthering VisionChina Media’s goal to become the foremost digital television platform reaching daytime audiences in China. The total consideration for the transaction, consisting of US$160 million in cash and shares, is payable by the Company to eligible shareholders of Digital Media Group in three installments over the next two years.
 
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/visionchina-media-announces-completion-of-digital-media-group-acquisition-80780817.html

6.    MIPS Technologies Leverages Yahoo! TV Widgets for MIPS-Based(TM) DTV Platforms

CNNMoney – 7 January

MIPS Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of industry-standard processor architectures and cores for digital consumer, home networking, wireless, communications and business applications, announced integration of an optimized Yahoo! Widget Engine for MIPS-Based(TM) digital home devices.

MIPS will develop an optimized reference platform running the Yahoo! Widget Engine for digital TV and set-top box applications. Leveraging this reference implementation, MIPS(R) licensees will be able to quickly develop devices incorporating Yahoo! TV Widgets. Yahoo! TV Widgets enable popular Internet services and online media to reach viewers through applications specifically tailored to the needs of the television watcher.

http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/globenewswire/181083.htm

7.    Mobile DTV Beta Launch Scheduled

Television Broadcast – 8 January

Samsung has equipped its Moment handset with an ATSC M/H chip for mobile DTV reception. The device will be used in mobile DTV beta trials this spring in Washington D.C. and Baltimore. The service will entail 20, free local broadcast channels.

The Open Mobile Video Coalition has worked on launching mobile DTV for nearly two years. Samsung participated in developing the technology standard, which was adopted last fall. The company developed a receiver chip compatible with the standard. Other participating manufacturers include Harris, Rohde & Schwarz and LG, which also developed a receiver chipset and unveiled a ruggedized, battery-powered mobile DTV at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where the Moment’s DTV reception was announced.

http://www.televisionbroadcast.com/article/92816

8.    Japan: Broadcom’s new SoC for digital terrestrial converter for Japan’s Digital TV
   
      EE Herald – 11 January

Broadcom has announced high integrated digital terrestrial converter box system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions designed for Japan’s upcoming transition to digital TV broadcast transmission. Featuring an ISDB-T tuner, Broadcom’s single-chip solutions address Japan’s analog broadcast shut-off program and also meets the requirements for ISDB-T digital programming worldwide.

The Japanese government plans to convert 50 million households to ISDB-T (according to In-Stat market research), and is targeting July 24, 2011 for complete digital conversion of all homes in Japan. This cost effective device is targeted for this market.
http://www.eeherald.com/section/news/nw100010210.html

9.    Vietnam’s satellite television services launched

Vovnews.com – 12 January

The Vietnam Satellite Digital Television Company, a joint venture between the Vietnam Television and the French Canal+ Group launched K+ services in Hanoi on January 12.
The K+ service is Vietnam’s most wide-range satellite digital service. It can broadcast nearly 60 entertainment channels including, films, and sports as well as offer other monopoly TV channels such as the Champions League, the Europa Cup and the French and Spanish Championships.
Most of these channels have subtitles or are dubbed into Vietnamese to give the largest access possible to the Vietnamese public.

 
http://english.vovnews.vn/Home/Vietnams-satellite-television-services-launched/20101/111692.vov

10.        Ghana: Targets 2012 for Digital Broadcasting Migration
       
        myjoyonline.com – 13 January     
   
Ghana has set herself a 2012 deadline to complete the switch from analogue broadcasting services in favour of digital broadcasting ahead of an international deadline of June 17, 2015.

A 24-man National Migration Technical Committee to ensure that Ghana achieves the target was inaugurated in Accra with a mandate to make policy recommendations to situate the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting networks within the broader context of strengthening and developing Ghana’s Information Infrastructure, and to determine how the transition of existing broadcasting services to digital broadcasting transmission networks and the introduction of new services will facilitate national government priorities, among others.

http://news.myjoyonline.com/technology/201001/40517.asp

11.    World standards body maps out 3D TV generations
   
    reghardware – 14 January 2010    

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has established a far-reaching roadmap for 3D TV technology, though it admits it will take at least 20 years for its more advanced notions to be realised. 

The ITU’s roadmap defines the next three generations of 3D TV, kicking off with  stereoscopic technology and taking us to holographic images.

The focus of the ITU Radiocommunications Study Group 6 is stereoscopic 3D in which separate left- and right-eye HD images are transmitted alternately and special glasses ensure the correct eye sees the correct picture.

The Group will work to define a series of "globally agreed" standards to which equipment manufacturers, film makers and broadcasters can adhere. But the organisation said the technology will be just as applicable to other areas where visual content can be enhanced into a third dimension, Air traffic control, for example.

http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2010/01/14/itu_3d_tv_roadmap/  

12.    India: Reliance BigTV, Indiagames to introduce DTH Games

The Economic Times – 15 January

Reliance Big TV, the Direct-To-Home (DTH) arm of Reliance Communications, and UTV subsidiary Indiagames have tied up to introduce DTH Gaming services in India.
Called iGames, the gaming services will be offered by Indiagames on Reliance Big TV’s DTH platform in the country.

"Our strategic tie-up with Indiagames is an extension of our business relationship with the UTV Group. iGames also signifies our focus to further enhance and monetise our VAS (Value Added Services) capabilities towards a profitable growth in the DTH business" Reliance Big TV chief executive officer Sanjay Behl said in a statement.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/media/entertainment-/media/Reliance-BigTV-Indiagames-to-introduce-DTH-Games/articleshow/5448726.cms

13.    Kenya begins march to digital broadcasting

Bizcommunity.com – 18 January


Kenya has begun migrating to digital broadcasting technology ahead of the June 2012 deadline. In December 2009, Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki launched the Digital Video Broadcasting Terrestrial (DVB-T) technology.
 
According to the Communication Commission of Kenya (CCK), no more television broadcasting licences will be issued until the country migrates fully to digital technology. The liberalisation of Kenya’s media industry has seen a growth in the number of broadcaster but CCK, the industry regulator has been unable to meet the demand of frequencies.
 
http://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/111/66/43727.html

14.    Azerbaijan to complete transfer to digital television in 2012
News.az – 19 January


Azerbaijan will switch to digital television three years ahead of time, in 2012, the Communications Minister, Ali Abbasov said.

Ali Abbasov was speaking at an expanded session of the Cabinet of Ministers, which looked at Azerbaijan’s socioeconomic development in 2009. Sixty-two new radio and television transmitters were installed and satellite and cable television, radio and Internet broadcast services were expanded in Azerbaijan in 2009, Abbasov said.

The minister said that the quality of broadcasts had been improved in the border regions. Broadcasting in these areas is supervised by a commission of specialists from different ministries and departments, which this year will be joined by the State Border Service.

http://www.news.az/articles/6941

15.    India: SC asks TRAI to fix DTH tariff by June 30

Business Standard – 19 January

The Supreme Court asked the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to fix the tariffs for direct-to-home (DTH) services by June 30 and place the plan before it.

The court also asked TRAI to hear all parties concerned, including the broadcasters, before fixing the tariffs. These have to be considered in the light of the entire distribution market.

There are six DTH providers in the country, which cater to more than 10 million subscribers, compared with around 80 million subscribers of cable television. So far, there has been no proper regulation on tariffs for DTH by TRAI. In this situation, the broadcasters are providing content to DTH operators at 50 per cent of the tariffs at which these bouquets are being offered to the non-CAS cable TV platform. Therefore, a comprehensive regulation regime was thought necessary.

http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/sc-asks-trai-to-fix-dth-tariff-by-june-30/383060/

16.    Harris demos ATSC Mobile DTV at CES 2010

Broadcast Engineering – 21 January

Harris Corporation supported several live ATSC Mobile DTV demonstrations during the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show last month in Las Vegas.

At the show, Harris supported over-the-air broadcasts for Las Vegas-market digital TV stations KLAS-DT, a CBS affiliate owned by Landmark Communications, and KVMY-DT, a MyNetworkTV affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group. Harris integrated its MPH ATSC Mobile DTV platform with each broadcaster’s main transmitter to deliver the ATSC Mobile DTV streams.

Harris also transmitted eight ATSC Mobile DTV program streams of local and national content on local Channel 56. The DISH Network, which owns Channel 56 in the Las Vegas market, volunteered its frequency for the demonstration. Harris provided one Maxiva UAX air-cooled UHF transmitters and its MPH platform.
The MPH platform includes Harris’ NetVX video networking system, Synchrony mobile networking adapter and Apex M2X exciter, as well as signal generation and Electronic Service Guide (ESG) components from Roundbox.

http://broadcastengineering.com/RF/harris-demos-atsc-mobile-0121/

17.    Romania: SES Sirius supports TV digitalization

Financiarul.ro – 22 January

SES Sirius, the Swedish state company which operates transmission satellites in the Sirius 3 and 4 digital system, will support Romania in implementing the digitalization strategy approved in mid-December 2009 by a Government resolution.
The announcement was made on Thursday, during a press conference, by Hakan Sjiodin, executive general manager of SES Sirius, the Swedish official mentioning that at the end of 2011, the company under his management would launch Sirius 5, a satellite equipped with 36 transponders (one transponder can make it possible to receive the transmission of 25 TV channels).

 
http://www.financiarul.ro/2010/01/22/ses-sirius-supports-romania-in-tv-digitalization/

18.    Latvia: Grass Valley supports DTV transition

Broadcast Engineering – 25 January 2010

Working closely with equipment distributor and system integrator Hannu-Pro, Grass Valley engineers have competed installation of numerous signal processing and distribution products and systems at the Latvia State Radio and Television Center (LVRTC) in Riga to facilitate Latvia’s nationwide switch from analog to digital transmission via a DVB-T single frequency network (SFN).

Hannu-Pro started the first phase of project in August 2009 and completed system testing in December. As of last month, the first national DVB-T multiplex (and additional two multiplexes from Lattelecom) is available over the air to 95 percent of the Latvian population.

Now that the first phase is complete, a second phase will see the deployment of four additional DVB-T multiplexes. Thus by 2012‚ when the country’s DVB-T service introduction will be finished, there will be seven DVB-T multiplexes available in Latvia, all based on headend technology from Grass Valley. All essential systems are designed to support full redundancy (1+1 or n+1), ensuring on-air reliability.

http://broadcastengineering.com/products/grass-valley-supports-transition-0125/

19.    Taiwan: Ericsson ties up with Taiwan makers to explore TV solution business

Digitimes Systems – 27 January

Ericsson is strengthening its cooperation with Taiwan-based network equipment makers as it strives to expand its television solution business which covers new TV services such as MOD, mobile TV and interactive TV. The team-up efforts aim to explore new business opportunities by leveraging Ericsson’s strength in the multimedia industry and Taiwan makers’ capabilities in the manufacture of TV and other consumer electronics products.

Under these cooperation projects, Ericsson is responsible for the supply of head-end equipment and system solutions, while local makers are offering IP STBs (set-top boxes) and implementing system integration.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20100127PD217.html

20.    Thailand: Major switch to satellite TV predicted

The Nation Business – 27 January

The audience for satellite TV is now about 32 per cent of the Kingdom’s 19 million households, Satellite Television Association of Thailand (STAT) President Nipon Naksompop has said. And that figure is expected to grow to 90 per cent by 2013.

The forecast is based on trends in consumer behaviour, in which viewers have shown a preference for television content customised to their own lifestyles and needs instead of having to watch only a limited number of channels.

Nipon said research by the National Statistical Office and AGB Nielsen Media Research had found people were more likely to watch content they wanted to watch and that on average, they watched only three channels per day per person over a period of three hours per day. At present, the STAT provides 45 satellite channels.

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2010/01/27/business/business_30121223.php

21.    Russian: New DTH platform set for launch

Broadband TV News – 28 January

The new Russian satellite pay-TV platform Continent TV will make its debut in February. Its operators Orion Express and RuSat say the service will employ Intelsat 15 at 85.15 degrees East, launched last November, to offer viewers across the entire country over 70 popular Russian and foreign TV channels, some of which will be in HD. The monthly fee for 33 channels will be R99 (€2.32) and that for 50 R199, with 10 all-Russian TV services offered free of charge.

Significantly, viewers will be allowed to create their own packages, making the service more accessible to all income groups.

RuSat is a Moscow-based satellite operator, providing services to – amongst others – mobile TV networks. Orion Express meanwhile operates a DTH platform of the same name and has provided TV services to cable operators since 2005 and individual clients since 2007.

http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2010/01/28/new-russian-dth-platform-set-for-launch/

22.    Tunisian television to go digital as of March 2010

Tunisia Online – 28 January

With the advent of digital terrestrial television (DTT), analogue television will gradually disappear from Tunisia’s television landscape by March 2010. 90% of Tunisia’s territory will be covered by digital television by 2010 which is slowly but surely gaining momentum throughout the country.

The establishment of digital terrestrial television will cover all of the country by 2014, with the re-use of frequency spectrum to develop future services for communications via high-capacity radio waves, high-flow mobile Internet services such as Wimax and the development of broadcasting technologies such as high-resolution systems.

http://www.tunisiaonlinenews.com/?p=33120

23.    Colombian TV goes digital

Colombia Reports – 29 January

Colombia’s minister of information and communication technologies, Maria Rosario Guerra, will launch the country’s first transmissions on digital terrestrial television soon.  The three public channels that will use the new digital signal are Canal Uno, Señal Colombia and Canal Institucional, and the signal will for now only be available to some houses in Bogota.

The digital switchover will mean clearer images and higher sound quality for television viewers, as well as increased capacity for television interactivity. Although the introduction of digital terrestrial television is still in its early stages, the coming months will see a growth in the coverage and reception of the digital signal.

http://colombiareports.com/colombia-news/news/7927-colombian-tv-goes-digital.html

24.    China Digital TV Announces Strategic Investment in OpenV
PRNewswire – 29 January

China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd., the leading provider of conditional access systems to China’s expanding digital television market, announced that it has made a joint investment in OpenV China Holdings Company (“OpenV”), a leading Chinese online video company, alongside one of OpenV’s existing shareholders.

Subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions, the aggregate amount of China Digital TV’s investment will be up to US$14.5 million, consisting of consideration for an initial equity investment, a convertible loan to OpenV and consideration payable upon the potential exercise of a warrant to purchase additional shares of OpenV. Assuming the full conversion of the convertible loan into OpenV’s shares and the full exercise of the warrant, China Digital TV’s equity interest in OpenV would be approximately 25% to 31%, subject to certain performance adjustment mechanisms. China Digital TV has the right to appoint two directors to OpenV’s seven-member board of directors.

The aggregate amount of the investment from both investors will be up to US$17 million in cash.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/china-digital-tv-announces-strategic-investment-in-openv-83021927.html

25.    Motorola completes acquisition of SecureMedia

Trading Markets.com – 29 January
Motorola has completed its acquisition of SecureMedia, a developer of software based digital rights management and security systems. Motorola and SecureMedia signed a definitive purchase agreement under which Motorola has now acquired all of the assets of SecureMedia. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
SecureMedia develops and markets software systems for securing the distribution of digital entertainment over multiple platforms to multiple devices, including set-top boxes, wireless handsets, PCs and portable entertainment devices.
With the acquisition of SecureMedia, Motorola said that it will enhance its content security product portfolio and added that it will be able to offer both stand-alone as well as integrated software security solutions to IP video customers.

http://www.tradingmarkets.com/news/stock-alert/mot_motorola-completes-acquisition-of-securemedia-738264.html

26.    GTA TeleGuam Expands Japan’s NHK Television Offerings on GUdTV

Earth Times – 31 January

GTA TeleGuam announced it has expanded its GUdTV programming to include Japan’s NHK World TV high definition channel and a new dual language audio track on the NHK World Premium channel. NHK World provides news from Japan as well as popular Asian lifestyle programming for international viewers.

GTA TeleGuam added the NHK World TV high-definition, English language channel at no additional charge to its GUdTV HD tier available for Choice Digital Package subscribers. The new NHK World TV HD channel can be found on channel 461. The NHK World Premium channel with dual language audio tracks in Japanese and English is on channel 230. GUdTV is short for Guam Digital Television.

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/gta-teleguam-expands-japanrsquos-nhk-television-offerings-on-gudtv,1143715.shtml

27.    Switch from Reception to Melita’s Digital TV and save money

    Gozonews.com – 31 January

Melita has announced that there has never been a better time to switch from Melita’s Reception package to Melita’s Digital M television package. Enjoy great television content, a wide choice of TV and radio channels for just €7.76 per month and benefit from up to 5 month FREE subscription to the world of sports, movies and international hit series through Melita Sports and Melita Movies & More.
Subscribers will be able to enjoy some of the best sports leagues including NBA Basketball and the UEFA Champions League. Film and series enthusiasts will be able to watch hit movies like Marley & Me, Forgetting Sarah Marshal and Vantage Point as well as top-rating series like Glee, Desperate Housewives, Fringe, 24 and much more.
http://gozonews.com/12099/switch-from-reception-to-melita%E2%80%99s-digital-tv-and-save-money/

28.    NTC to push back deadline for shift to digital TV

The Manila Times – 1 February

THE government may push back the deadline for the Philippines’ migration to digital terrestrial TV given the unresolved matter of which platform will be adopted.

Digital TV is a telecommunication system for broadcasting and receiving digital sound and video signals that requires a specially designed and more advanced TV set than the traditional analog box.

The migration is important for consumers because those who still have analog TV sets will have to buy set-top boxes (STB) to receive digital signals. The STB is a device that connects to analog TV sets so they can receive and display digital signals. The STB also has the ability to manage many channels in one bandwidth and carry electronic program guides and interactive programs.

The NTC earlier estimated that the country had 13 million analog TV sets, which will require a set-top box with the migration to digital TV.

The NTC is choosing between two platforms: the Digital Video Broadcast-Handheld (DVB-H) of Europe and the integrated services digital broadcast-terrestrial (ISDB) of Japan.
http://www.manilatimes.net/index.php/business-columns/10641-ntc-to-push-back-deadline-for-shift-to-digital-tv

B.    Digital Rights Management

28.    Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE) Announces Key Milestones
   
    SOA World Magazine – 4 January

The Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem LLC (DECE LLC), announced it has reached key milestones toward establishing the first open market for digital content distribution. In addition, DECE announced that 21 companies have joined the group which now includes 48 members across entertainment, software, hardware, retail, infrastructure and delivery.

The milestones announced include:
•    Agreement on a Common File Format, an open specification for digital entertainment, that will be used by all participating content providers, services and device manufacturers
•    Vendor selection for and role of the Digital Rights Locker, a cloud-based authentication service and account management hub that allows consumers rights access to their digital entertainment
•    Approval of five Digital Rights Management (DRM) solutions that will be DECE-compatible
http://soa.sys-con.com/node/1233744

29.        United States: DECE Members agree on format, DRM Schemes
   
    Electronista – 4 January   

Members of the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE) said they have agreed on key points behind their promised universal media access strategy. The coalition has come to a deal on a common file format that will work across the hardware and software of every participating member. Among proprietary formats, the group has picked Adobe’s Flash Access, CMLA-OMA, Marlin, Microsoft’s PlayReady and Widevine as officially supported by the system.

The digital rights "locker" key to the system is also now in development by Neustar, according to the companies involved. When finished, the locker will be accessible from any DECE-supporting app or device and grant permission to download or stream content as long as the purchasing or rental rights allow it.

http://www.electronista.com/articles/10/01/04/dece.will.exclude.drm.in.common.format/

30.    United States: NDS Launches end to end solution for the e-publishing industry
   
    NDS.com – 6 January   

NDS, a provider of technology solutions for digital pay-TV, has launched its new solution for the e-publishing industry. The solution monetizes books, newspapers and magazines on e-reader devices, including LCD tablets, e-Ink devices and other compatible consumer electronics devices.

Building on NDS’s conditional access and digital rights management (DRM) technology, NDS VideoGuard, provides future-proof security on multiple levels, including service protection to allow controlled access to content based on user rights, protection of the device to prevent jailbreaking and device modification, DRM for content protection and user authentication schemes.

http://www.nds.com/press_releases/CES_E-Publishing_060110.html

31.        United States: Vobile launches VideoDNA 3D
       
        PRNewswire – 8 January

Vobile, the leading provider of video content identification and management products and services, announced the release of VideoDNA(TM) 3D, a solution specifically designed to track and protect 3D video content, the next generation of digital entertainment. The VideoDNA 3D service offers content owners real-time digital fingerprinting, fully automated identification, tracking and monetization of 3D video content.

Vobile has taken its award-winning VideoDNA technology to the next level of supporting 3D video content. The premium VideoDNA 3D services were successfully deployed to track and protect the industry’s biggest 3D movie hits in 2009. Movie studios, TV broadcasters and cable programmers are increasing their investment in 3D video content. As the 3D explosion continues to progress, content protection using VideoDNA 3D is becoming essential to the new 3D video business.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/vobile-launches-videodna-3d-enables-content-tracking-and-protection-for-3d-programming-81025422.html

32.    United States: Microsoft awarded Patent for ‘Digital rights management scheme for an on-demand distributed streaming system’

Tom’s Hardware – 9 January

The US Patent office has recently awarded Microsoft with U.S. Patent 7,639,805 for a ‘Digital rights management scheme for an on-demand distributed streaming system.’

The abstract reads as:
A DRM scheme that may be optionally invoked by the owner. With the DRM protection turned on, the media is encrypted before it is distributed in a P2P network, and is decrypted prior to its use (play back). The peers may still efficiently distribute and serve without authorization from the owner. Nevertheless, when the media is used (played back), the client node must seek proper authorization from the owner. The invention further provides a hierarchical DRM scheme wherein each packet of the media is associated with a different protection level. In the hierarchical DRM scheme of the invention there is usually an order of the protection level. As a result, in one embodiment of the invention, the decryption key of a lower protection layer is the hash of the decryption key at the higher protection level. That way, a user granted access to the high protection layer may simply hold a single license of that layer, and obtain decryption keys of that layer and below. The invention further provides for a process for managing digital rights to a scalable media file wherein a different encryption/decryption key is used to encrypt each truncatable media packet with a base layer without requiring additional storage space to store the key.
Content is split and shared with others through a system similar to that of a torrent network. 

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/microsoft-bittorrent-p2p-file-sharing,9405.html

33.        US: Judge Slams MPAA ‘Cartel’ Allegations
   
    Wired – 11 January 2010    

Federal judge is slamming the door on RealNetworks’ argument the Hollywood studios are a “price-fixing cartel” that illegally prevent the distribution of DVD-duplicating wares.

The Seattle-based electronics concern made the anti-trust argument in a failed bid to convince U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel in San Francisco to lift a distribution ban (.pdf) of its RealDVD software. It allows consumers to make copies of DVDs to hard drives.

The Motion Picture Association of America and others sued RealNetworks more than a year ago, claiming the software is illegal because it circumvents technology designed to prevent copying.

Patel’s decision means that, at least for the foreseeable future, it remains unlawful in the United States to market devices that copy DVDs. Despite a huge black market for them, the MPAA feared that under a contrary ruling it would lose control of the DVD as the music industry did the CD. CDs were not encrypted and protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/01/judge-slams-mpaa-cartel-allegations/

34.        United States: MPAA, Guilds on Net Neutrality

    New Electronics – 14 January 2010    

The Motion Pictures Association of America and a collection of major Hollywood guilds both issued separate statements of tentative support for proposed rules to ensure net neutrality on Thursday.

The statements were in a response to a request for public comment from the Federal Communications Committee, which is considering policies on net neutrality.

The MPAA seemed lukewarm in its endorsement of net neutrality, spending the bulk of its statement detailing the dangers that piracy poses to the entertainment industry. In its filing, the MPAA emphasized that the benefits to all Americans of a robust broadband Internet will stem in part from access to compelling, high quality content. MPAA studios are embracing the digital future and already have begun to make their content available through many new, legitimate on-line distribution options. At the same time, content theft poses a serious threat, and the FCC’s proposed approach to network neutrality appropriately would permit Internet service providers to “take action to counter unwanted or harmful traffic” and to “decline to carry traffic if the transfer of content is prohibited by law, including copyright law.” The MPAA made clear in its filing, “if compelling content is to serve as a foundation for a thriving broadband Internet, creative works cannot be subject to rampant theft.”

The MPAA further explained that protecting creative works from online theft not only will help provide consumers with access to the content of their choice, but also help the nation’s creative industries continue to serve as an engine for economic growth and job creation.

http://www.thewrap.com/article/mpaa-guilds-support-net-neutrality-more-concerned-piracy-12993

35.    United States: Civolution, Mikros collaborate for HD Watermarking
   
    Broadcast Engineering – 14 January 2010    

Mikros image and Civolution have partnered to develop a solution that enables video watermarking of HD 4:4:4 signals.

The Civolution technical team, assisted by Mikros, advanced its NexGuard watermarking algorithm and its implementation for the quality demands of the 4:4:4 HD format. Mikros image is now offering, as part of its professional service product line, the watermarking of content in HD 4:4:4. Disseminated throughout the content, the watermark is an efficient deterrent against illicit redistribution of media and allows the identification of the source of a potential leakage — an invaluable security solution for rights holders.

The solution allows media content to be embedded with a robust and imperceptible watermark. The watermark or payload is inserted at the time of duplication and can be applied to any tape format up to HDCAM SR. The watermarked content becomes unique and, therefore, identifiable and traceable.

http://broadcastengineering.com/infrastructure/civolution-mikros-collaborate-hd-watermarking-0114/

36.        JAPAN: Sony Thorne PS3 Digital TV Accessory for Japan Unveiled
   
    i4u – 15 January 2010    

Sony unveiled Thorne, the latest Digital TV Accessory for the Sony Playstation 3 in Japan.  Thorne, which connects to the Playstation via USB Connection, allows users to watch and record their favourite shows on TV on the console.

As well as the 250GB PS3, Sony Japan have also announced a new digital TV tuner peripheral for the console.  The Sony Torne will drop in March 2010, and offer Japanese buyers a way to watch digital terrestrial TV broadcasts on their PS3, together with PVR functionality that allows for recording content (either to the PS3’s HDD or a connected USB 2.0 drive) even while the PS3 is being used for gaming, Blu-ray playback or just in standby mode.

http://www.i4u.com/article30058.html

37.        Switzerland: Nagravision and DISH Network Sign New Long-Term Agreement

    PR Newswire – 19 January

Nagravision SA, a Kudelski Group company and the world’s leading independent provider of value-added content protection solutions, announced the execution of a Conditional Access System agreement with DISH Network L.L.C., a subsidiary of DISH Network Corporation  (DISH).

DISH Network recently completed a migration of its more than 14 million subscribers (as of Dec. 10, 2009) to Nagravision’s new generation security technology. The new ten year agreement with Nagravision and NagraStar L.L.C. aligns DISH Network’s and Nagravision’s interests to optimize the resilience of DISH Network’s security solutions, including the deployment of next generation security smart cards in addition to a broader scope of signal protection covering traditional and emerging piracy threats.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nagravision-and-dish-network-sign-new-long-term-agreement-82066857.html

38.        US: EMI licenses songs to new ad-supported site

    cnet.com – 19 January 2010    

EMI Music has licensed music to ad-supported music service FreeAllMusic.com, becoming the second major label to partner with the start-up. According to a press release, FreeAllMusic says it will give users DRM-free MP3s that are paid for by advertisers. The only catch is that users must agree to watch "one brief video commercial" per download.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-31001_3-10436882-261.html

39.    US: Kindle publisher program eases dropping DRM

    Electronicsta – 21 January 2010    

Amazon in a support document for publishers using its Digital Text Platform has revealed that it will let those selling Kindle books shed the copy protection. Where it had previously been difficult to remove, the digital rights management (DRM) can now be left off of a book or periodical simply by marking a checkbox. To date, all known Kindle books to date use DRM.

Many other companies, such as Barnes & Noble, Plastic Logic and Sony, have all opted to support optionally protected but universal standards like EPUB on their own e-book readers. The restriction also comes less than a week before Apple may introduce a tablet ready for e-books, though Apple has historically preferred its own file formats when not using widespread standards.

http://www.electronista.com/articles/10/01/21/kindle.books.could.soon.reach.other.devices/

C. Other News
40.    MIPS to debut Android-based netbook and set-top boxes
ZDNet – 5 January

MIPS Technology will be exhibiting its new catalog of Android-based devices at CES 2010, further proving that Google’s OS is developing a strong presence among many different types of gadgets.

Their line-up includes the world’s first Android-run set-top boxes (quite a day for those things), starting with a currently-unnamed MIPS-Based STB that will include video-on-demand, ThinkFree Office software (Word, Spreadsheet, Presentation), web browser and remote control keyboard and 1080p HD quality video.

The second set is an Android-based IPTV set-top box, featuring multicasting, video-on-demand, remote control user interface, and digital rights management requirements.
http://blogs.zdnet.com/gadgetreviews/?p=10514

 
41.    ASCI to review Airtel Digital TV’s MPEG4 ads
Indiantelevision.com – 11 January
 
The Advertising Standards Council Of India (ASCI) is in the process of reviewing the Tata Sky complaint against competition brand Airtel Digital TV’s "Dil Titli" commercials.
 
As per the Tata Sky grievance registered with ASCI, the advertisements are misleading since viewers are led to believe that Airtel Digital TV has superior picture quality because of MPEG4 or DVBS2. However, Tata Sky states that the claims are to be held in falsehood as MPEG technology is only used for compressing a large number of channels within a given bandwidth.
 
In December 2009, Tata Sky had registered its grievance against the ads, considered by the Consumer Complaints Council (CCC). The letter from Tata Sky to ASCI informed that while the first ad, where Saif hunts down his childhood friend, has stopped airing from 30 September across all 89 channels (national nad regional channels, all genre), the second ad featuring a TV reporter is still running on cricket matches.
 
The CCC decided to uphold the complaint as the advertisement breached chapter 1.4 of the ASCI code. The code states that advertisements shall neither distort facts nor mislead the consumer by means of implications or omissions. Advertisements shall not contain statements or visual presentation which directly or by implication or by omission or by ambiguity or by exaggeration are likely to mislead the consumer about the product advertised or the advertiser or about any other product or advertiser.
 
http://www.indiantelevision.com/mam/headlines/y2k10/jan/janmam25.php

42.        United States: Call for study of threat from “offline” filesharing
   
    The Guardian – 15 January 2010    
   
The Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property (SABIP), a body set up to advise the government, has been looking into "offline" copyright infringement after its research last year into online piracy threw up questions about how consumers get films, music and games for free.

In a review of available national and international research conducted by BOP Consulting, it was shown that consumers were ‘more interested in factors such as price, quality, and availability of material, rather than its legal status.’
As technology improves and film companies and publishers become more affected by piracy, he expects to see more copyright guidance from rights holders but not necessarily finger-wagging and a list of "don’ts". No one wanted a repeat of the bad press sparked by record labels’ pursuit of individual file sharers in the courts.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/jan/15/offline-copyright-breaches-report

43.        United States: Kingmax Launches 32GB SDHC Waterproof
   
    CRN Network – 21 January 2010    

Kingmax recently launched 32GB Class 10 SDHC memory card. The card has a writing speed of over 20Mbps and IPX8-compliant waterproof performance feature to prevent data damage from accidents.

Measuring 32x24x2.1mm, the card ensures AVCHD resolution and complies with full HD (1920×1080) picture quality. It can store up to 160-minutes of high-definition movies, or 2,500 pictures in RAW3 format.
Kingmax 32GB SDHC card supports content protection for recordable media (CPRM), built-in error correcting code (ECC) to detect and correct transfer errors and is compliant with RoHS, Halogen Free and PFOS / PFOA.

The card is tested to comply with the IEC 60529 waterproof criteria for IPX8 waterproof performance to ensure data integrity and safety in special shooting circumstances, such as divining and raining, or accidents. The exclusive PIP (product in package) technology packages the product in a robust unit to enhance both reliability and durability.

The cards will be start shipping in February and the pricing details are yet to be announced.

http://www.crn.in/ITChannel-021Jan010-Kingmax-Launches-32GB-SDHC-Waterproof.aspx

44.    Zambia: ZRA Intercepts 40 Bales of Pirated Tapes, DVDs

Allafrica.com – 22 January

 
THE Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) has seized over 40 bales of pirated tapes and digital video discs (DVDs) worth K173 billion from China destined for the local market.
The authority through its Lusaka International Airport officials confiscated the pirated products in which one DVD contained a collection of over 20 movies and the items are currently at Lusaka International Airport warehouse.
 
Speaking in Lusaka yesterday when Information and Broadcasting Services Deputy Minister Angela Cifire inspected the products, ZRA airport station manager Beatrice Kachinda said the goods were intercepted at the cargo checkpoint upon arrival.
 
"This consignment was ordered from China by some local suppliers who wanted to sell them locally, but they disappeared upon discovering that their goods were seized by ZRA at the airport because they are forged," Ms Kachinda said.
 
http://allafrica.com/stories/201001220583.html

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