Samsung Will Use Widevine's Technologies Worldwide
Samsung already uses Widevine to deliver connected TV experiences with products in the United States, and that will soon expand globally, both companies announced today.
Widevine's technologies bring live and on-demand adaptive streaming, virtual DVD playback, and digital rights management to Samsung's connected devices. The Widevine client was included in 2009 models of Samsung's connected televisions and Blu-ray players shipped in the U.S. Now that same technology will be shipped worldwide on millions of Samsung devices starting this year. Both companies have signed an agreement that lets Samsung expand its distribution on a worldwide basis.
"Samsung is committed to meeting its customers' evolving needs in this fast-paced, digital era," says Yoon-Soon Ahn, vice president of R & D for Samsung. "In order to continue in this tradition, we selected a video optimization and DRM vendor that understood our success in innovation and design in order to develop devices that satisfy our customers' requirements. We are particularly excited to add Widevine's live HTTP adaptive streaming technology to our products."
Widevine's software platform optimizes content for live and on-demand delivery over any network to any device. It's used in all types of connected devices, including televisions, Blu-ray players, mobile devices, and gaming systems.
"Samsung clearly recognizes the value of Widevine's technology and we are very pleased to be working with such a forward-thinking company," says Brian Baker, CEO of Widevine. "This agreement further cements Widevine's position in the digital entertainment ecosystem as one of the leading providers of video optimization and DRM for TV Everywhere and over-the-top initiatives."
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