SOURCE: Widevine Technologies

August 06, 2008 09:00 ET

Chunghwa Video Services Demand Explodes With Premium HD and Olympics Content Secured by Widevine

Fastest Growing IPTV Service Signs Up Record Number of Subscribers While Enabling In-Home Network Expansion for Consumers

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - August 6, 2008) - Widevine Technologies, the only provider of multiformat, multiplatform DRM and digital copy protection solutions, today announced Chunghwa Telecom (NYSE: CHT) has purchased an additional 450,000 Cypher® Virtual SmartCard™ clients from Widevine to accommodate rapid subscriber expansion and in-home network proliferation with existing subscribers. The continued demand for Chunghwa's television service has largely been driven by the introduction of existing Hollywood premium content, HD programming and exclusive rights to Olympics coverage.

Chunghwa's interactive TV service, Multimedia on Demand (MOD), is the largest IPTV deployment in the world based on number of devices deployed. Customers of the Chunghwa service can take advantage of a wide range of linear broadcast channels, video-on-demand, pay-per-view and karaoke-on-demand.

"We are pleased to utilize Widevine's content protection to secure content for our subscribers who continue to seek us for our exceptional service offering," said Cheng Chin-Min Ph.D., Managing Director of Chunghwa's Multimedia Department. "Widevine is a critical enabler of our business model and service offerings, especially as we look to expand our footprint to multiple consumer devices. What's more, their content protection solutions have proven scalable to meet our highly aggressive growth requirements leading up to the Olympics and beyond."

Widevine Cypher secures the entire Chunghwa footprint -- enabling multimedia service delivery across multiple consumer devices within the home.

"Widevine, working closely with Alcatel-Lucent to provide the middleware, believes in the Chunghwa vision and award-winning IPTV services they have offered over the last five years," says Brian Baker, Widevine CEO. "As we continue our global leadership in enabling managed network operators to secure multimedia services to multiple consumer platforms, we are confident our support of Chunghwa will enable all 4.1M subscribers to share in the vision of exceptional TV services into the home and beyond."

About Widevine Technologies, Inc.

Widevine is the only provider of multiplatform and multiformat DCAS, DRM, digital copy protection and forensic watermarking solutions for content owners, telco, cable and internet service operators.

More than 130 service providers and 160 web properties utilize Widevine solutions to enable the acquisition and distribution of premium studio and broadcaster content to a wide range of consumer devices. Widevine makes it possible to protect internet and pay-TV revenues while creating new service opportunities through the secure distribution, identification and tracking of digital content.

An innovator and holder of more than 30 patents, the company continues to develop innovative technologies and solutions that solve the multiplatform and multiformat content protection and digital forensic needs of content owners and operators globally.

Widevine is a privately held corporation headquartered in Seattle, WA, funded by Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO), Charter Ventures, Constellation Ventures, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd (DNP), PaceSetter Capital Group, Phoenix Partners, TELUS (NYSE:TU) and VantagePoint Venture Partners.

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About Chunghwa Telecom

Headquartered in Taipei, Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd. (NYSE: CHT) has provided Taiwan with telecommunications services, including telephone, mobile, leased-line, Internet access, and other services for over 50 years. Chunghwa is Taiwan's largest mobile service provider in revenues and subscribers of approximately 8.4 million. Chunghwa also is the largest broadband internet access provider, with nearly 4 million ADSL subscribers, and the largest internet service provider, based on subscribers numbering 4.3 million for HiNet service. Total internet and data revenues exceeded $1 billion for the first nine months of 2006.

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