SOURCE: Widevine


February 02, 2010 13:05 ET

Widevine® and Qtv™ Announce Strategic Alliance to Enable Premium Internet Video to the PlayStation® 2 Console and Mobile Phones

SEATTLE, WA and AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - February 2, 2010) - Widevine, a provider of digital entertainment solutions, and Qtv, Inc. today announced that they will partner to bring Widevine's video optimization and multiplatform Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology to the Qtv Internet TV Media Player for the television, mobile phone and personal computer. The combination of Widevine's industry leading technologies and Qtv's media player will enable content providers to rapidly expand the distribution of their content to new devices and customers.

The Qtv Internet TV Media Player gives consumers the unique ability to access and play both personal and Internet-based content from their TV, mobile phone and computer. When it is released in the next few months, it will have the largest installed base of supported devices of any media player. Qtv leverages the Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2), the world's most popular game console, as a TV set-top box. A PS2 is already connected to the TV in over 40 million U.S. households and over 140 million households worldwide. The Qtv media player also supports over 1,100 models of mobile phones and most computer operating systems, with support expanding to new networked TV devices and mobile phones.

"The existing market base of PS2's in the U.S. and around the world is staggering," said Doug Light, Widevine senior vice president of business development and sales. "Qtv will be able to bring programming optimized and protected by Widevine to what may be the largest installed hardware base of any existing media player solution. This is a unique opportunity for us and we are excited by the potential."

Widevine's video optimization and DRM platform optimizes the entertainment experience for content delivered over any network to any device. The solution is natively supported in nearly all major brands and types of network-connected consumer electronics including televisions, Blu-ray players, mobile devices, gaming systems and more. Widevine's technologies have been adopted by content providers across all industries, including large cable, satellite and telecommunication companies launching "TV Everywhere" solutions.

"We are elated to be joining forces with Widevine," said Stacy Cook, CEO of Qtv, "Widevine's video optimization technology and multiplatform, multiformat DRM is a perfect fit with our integrated three-screen solution. The result is expanded programming options for our customers."

Qtv's integrated solution will enable users to enjoy a broad range of content on their TV, mobile phone and computer. Users can start watching a video on their TV, pause, then continue watching from the same point on their mobile phone. Qtv also gives users an unprecedented level of control over their media experience. Users can browse the content from all the providers with a simple and intuitive user interface that is consistent on each device. Users can also access their own content from the same user interface and Qtv supports all popular music, video and picture formats.


Qtv is an industry leader in digital media convergence solutions. Qtv will soon be launching a next generation Internet TV media player that integrates the consumer media experience across the television, mobile phone and computer. Consumers will be able to enjoy the content they want on all their devices through a consistent user interface.

Qtv, Inc. is headquartered in Austin, Texas and is a division of privately held BroadQue International, Ltd. of Dublin Ireland.

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Widevine provides digital media solutions for the delivery of digital entertainment to any device. Hundreds of service providers use Widevine's multiplatform, multiformat DRM and video optimization solutions for securing high quality video and audio. Today, millions of consumers enjoy digital entertainment secured and optimized by Widevine on retail consumer electronics devices and legacy STBs from all major consumer brands. With over 60 patents, Widevine is an industry leader and innovator of content protection and video optimization technologies.

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

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    Stacy Cook
    (214) 452-4848

    Amanda Burrows
    (206) 254-3110