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Squadeo releases hybrid web player in response to browser technology silos

Squadeo, the global provider of secure video software for OTT devices to the broadcast and TV-industry, announces a video player solution for PC to bridge internet giants’ browser technology silos.

Paris(10 Sep 2015)

Squadeo is announcing at IBC in Amsterdam a hybrid player for PC that helps video service providers to overcome the technology silos created by the internet giants Google, Apple and Microsoft on their browsers.

Times are tough for OTT video service providers. The internet giants impose their streaming and DRM formats, and video service providers have no choice but to adapt when browser technology changes are announced:

  • Following Google’s announcement that the NPAPI plugin in Chrome will not be supported any more, service providers who wish to continue to serve their customers who watch video on the Chrome browser are now forced to implement new streaming and DRM formats with additional costs, and with associated implementation risks like e.g. IOT issues.
  • Microsoft provides no support of the ActiveX plugin in its Edge browser, and PlayReady is the only natively supported DRM
  • Apple does not allow the deployment of DASH on its platform, and uses Fairplay for iOS and Safari.

Squadeo’s solution is an innovative and pragmatic alternative for service providers who wish to save costs and maintain some independence. They can re-use their existing HLS streaming protocol, DRM, and web site. Consequently, a new solution can be put in place quickly with limited cost of change and risks of service failure by deploying new technologies. This innovative hybrid solution is recognized by Squadeo’s historical partner Verimatrix:

“Squadeo has been a trusted partner for many years and Verimatrix is very supportive of Squadeo’s innovations which address important market issues. A great example of this is working around browser/DRM silos created by the big Internet giants. Now our customers can extend industry-standard video delivery systems from Android and iOS smoothly to the PC platform.”

                                            Steve Christian, Senior Vice President at Verimatrix

For more information about Squadeo’s Web player:

About Squadeo

Squadeo is a leading global provider of secure cross-platform video software solutions for the broadcast and TV-industry. Squadeo provides secure premium video players on open platforms pre-integrated with major DRMs with a focus on enhanced visual experience in compliance with Studio requirements.

Squadeo is made up of a team of professionals originating from Philips and NXP with extensive experience in its domains and a track record of creating valuable products and IP.

Squadeo is a privately held company with headquarters in Paris, France.