Widevine Technologies

Widevine Technologies

October 22, 2007 06:00 ET

Nortel and Widevine® Give IPTV Providers More Options in Protecting Premium Video Content from Piracy

Global Reseller Agreement Enables Telcos to Adopt Companies' Secure IPTV Solution

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON--(Marketwire - Oct. 22, 2007) - Nortel(1) (TSX:NT)(NYSE:NT) and Widevine Technologies today announced that Widevine's content security solution has been integrated into Nortel's IPTV solution to protect telco operators' revenue streams and enable premium content licensing. This has been accomplished with the signing of a global reseller agreement. Nortel and Widevine have won multiple customers and are in trials at telcos around the world.

Widevine is a certified content protection vendor for Nortel's IPTV ecosystem solution. The reseller agreement enables Nortel to sell, service and support Widevine's downloadable conditional access and digital rights management products globally.

"Providing proven content security as part of our IPTV suite provides a better solution to our telco customers, as it allows them to obtain content from programmers and studios with the confidence that their intellectual property will be protected," said Sameer Sheth, general manager, Video Solutions, Nortel. "Using Widevine's security suite provides our IPTV solution with both best-in-class security as well as support for forensic watermarking - giving greater depth to our IPTV capabilities. Widevine is a great addition to our ecosystem as Nortel continues to strengthen our overarching IPTV solution."

"The challenge is providing a broadband operator with an IPTV solution that is tightly integrated with a robust content protection system," said Brian Baker, CEO of Widevine. "Nortel provides a key global partnership for Widevine. This agreement enables Widevine to continue to work with Nortel to provide a scalable and mature content protection system, which is critical for enabling operators to protect revenue streams and acquire premium broadcast and VOD content."

Widevine has clearly proven its ability to deliver as it has enabled more than 125 service operators to acquire and license premium broadcast and video-on-demand (VOD) content from major broadcasters and studios. Widevine provides one of the industry's leading content protection and forensic watermarking solutions for IP video - making them a very important part of the overall IPTV ecosystem.

Nortel continues to strengthen its world-class IPTV solution by giving its customers more choice and flexibility, yet maintaining the full backing of their solutions through extensive validation and systems integration work. Nortel brings to market a comprehensive IPTV solution that is pre-integrated and pre-tested to help ensure deployments of IPTV are reliable, scaleable and secure. Nortel's Global Services for IPTV can accelerate IPTV time-to-revenue by providing a single point-of-contact across all vendors, and a proven methodology that can guide customers from inception to solution, including the entire lifecycle of design, integration, and deployment.

About Widevine Technologies, Inc.

Widevine is the leading provider of downloadable content protection, digital forensics and digital copy protection solutions for more than 125 video operators worldwide. Widevine enables telco, cable, fiber, satellite, internet and wireless service operators to generate new revenue opportunities through the secure distribution, identification and tracking of digital content.

Utilizing a combination of downloadable conditional access and digital rights management techniques, Widevine Cypher Suite enables operators to acquire and license premium studio content and, through unique patented technologies, reduce capital and operational expenditures. Widevine Cypher persistently encrypts both digital broadcast and video-on-demand (VOD) content, regardless of video infrastructure, network protocols or compression technologies. An innovator in the industry, Widevine invented the downloadable, solution Cypher Virtual SmartCard(TM) client which today protects more IP enabled set-top boxes, consumer electronics devices and Windows PCs in the industry than any other vendor.

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.

About Nortel

Nortel is a recognized leader in delivering communications capabilities that make the promise of Business Made Simple a reality for our customers. Our next-generation technologies, for both service provider and enterprise networks, support multimedia and business-critical applications. Nortel's technologies are designed to help eliminate today's barriers to efficiency, speed and performance by simplifying networks and connecting people to the information they need, when they need it. Nortel does business in more than 150 countries around the world. For more information, visit Nortel on the Web at For the latest Nortel news, visit

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