Italy’s Open Standard Platform is a major innovation in European Internet Television for Providing Rich Value Added Entertainment to Italian Viewers
Rome, Italy and Sunnyvale, CA, December 17, 2013 — Italian media giant Mediaset and Intertrust® Technologies Corporation today announced that Mediaset’s new Infinity Over the Top (OTT) television service has launched using Intertrust’s ExpressPlay™ Digital Rights Management (DRM) platform to protect valuable video content. Mediaset’s Infinity service is built on the tivùon! system, an open platform for the Italian TV market developed by a consortium comprised of Mediaset, Telecom Italia, and RAI. Tivùon! uses the Marlin open standard as its exclusive DRM, which is built into major brand televisions and a variety of set top boxes in Italy.
ExpressPlay is a one-stop, cloud-based DRM service that provides Marlin DRM protection to content that plays on PCs, smart TVs, set top boxes, game consoles, tablets, and mobile phones. It is based on the Marlin DRM standard that is now broadly deployed in national initiatives and proprietary services in Italy, the United Kingdom, France, China, and Japan. Marlin’s open format has been applauded around the world as the best way to provide future proof and cost effective content protection to consumers.
Infinity TV Infinity TV is a VOD service from Mediaset for streaming movies (including recently released blockbusters) and television serials. A monthly subscription to the service costs 9,99€. The service is available on PCs, tablets, smart TVs, game consoles, and set top boxes. It is also available on devices labeled tivùon! that support Marlin DRM. This includes set top boxes from ADB (models iCan 2850ST and 1850S and 3820T) and LG TVs (platforms H13 and M13).
The service is currently available on TivùSat channel 899, to any user with an ADB device or LG labeled tivùon! and tivùsat HD (or HD-ready). Tivùon! is the new OTT technology certified by Tivù, the Italian technical consortium from Rai, RTI, and Telecom Italia Media. It creates a multi-player, multi-device, open standards-based DRM environment for OTT players eager to reach their customers with a simple, cost effective, solution.
“After a thorough investigation of DRM technologies for the Italian market, we chose Marlin because it is an open standard, pan-European, and allows us the flexibility we need to build out a sophisticated yet user-driven service,” said Alberto Sigismondi, CEO of Tivù. “ExpressPlay provides a scalable and cost-effective solution for building out services for our customers. With ExpressPlay, OTT players can find a robust, ready to use and very cost effective solution for developing their innovative OTT services.”
“Infity and tivùon! are perfect examples of what we built Marlin and ExpressPlay for,” said Talal Shamoon, Intertrust’s CEO. “We are very honored to work with Tivù to develop the tivùon! technology ecosystem and with Mediaset for the Infinity service. ExpressPlay offers Italian service providers and broadcasters with a cost-effective, resilient, and scalable solution that relieves them of the complex task of operating a Marlin-compliant solution, so that they can focus on their core expertise of building world-class services.”
Created in 2005 by Intertrust, Panasonic Corporation, Koninklijke Philips N.V., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., and Sony Corporation, Marlin DRM is an open standard content protection technology that provides a unique set of capabilities to manage the relationships between a consumer’s content, devices, and network services. Marlin is commercially deployed in media distribution platforms for audio, video and eBooks worldwide. In addition to Tivù, Marlin has been selected as the content protection technology for broadcast, IPTV, PC, mobile, and embedded systems in national initiatives such as YouView in the UK, HDForum in France, AEDETI in Spain, HbbTV in The Netherlands, and the MITI sponsored IPTV initiative in Japan. Intertrust provides a suite of easy-to-use technologies that provide Marlin DRM functionality for services and devices.
Tivù S.r.l. is a joint venture founded in October 2008 by Rai, Mediaset and Telecom Italia Media with the aim to facilitate the transition to digital television in Italy. The company operates on the main open, horizontal digital television platforms: terrestrial and satellite, supplying different services: EPG, encryption, branding and communication.
Following its mission Tivù S.r.l. launched in July 2009, TivùSat, the first free-to-air Italian satellite platform. Reaching all areas of the Italian territory, including those not covered from terrestrial TV signal, TivùSat allows viewers to have access to the national DTT channels, to a number of other channels both Italian and international, reaching a total of 64 channels (3 HD and 6 DVB-S2), and to an increasing number of over-the-top-TV services (such as Rai Replay, La7OnDemand and the newly arrived Infinity). In the first week of December 2013 TivùSat has passed the threshold of 2,025,000 active cards.
Next step for Tivù is to enlarge the HD channels offered on the FTA platform and to continue deploying the tivùon! technology for a secure and safe Italian OTTV open platform. For more information, reach us at www.tivusat.tv
Intertrust invents, develops, and delivers technologies for trusted computing among leading global corporations from mobile and CE manufacturers and service providers, to enterprise software platform companies. Intertrust and its subsidiaries are also developing new trust services for vertical markets related to consumer privacy, Internet processing of DNA data, and smart grids. Intertrust actively creates and invests in ventures that extend its market vision. Portfolio companies include Personagraph, Kabuto, whiteCryption, SyncTV, Nest Labs, Kiora, and Marinexplore.
Intertrust is also committed to driving open standards, and is one of the founders of Marlin DRM. Marlin is the Digital Rights Management (DRM) solution for YouView in the UK, Italy’s Tivù and many IPTV services in Japan, and is currently the fastest growing DRM technology in China. Intertrust’s Marlin ExpressPlay solution is rapidly growing for distributing video, audio, and ebook content, and Intertrust’s Seacert subsidiary is the world’s leading digital certificate authority for Marlin. Founded in 1990 on a revolutionary vision to bring trust to operating systems and open networks, Intertrust is based in Silicon Valley, with regional offices in London and Beijing. The Company has a legacy of invention, and its fundamental contributions in the areas of computer security and digital trust are globally recognized. Intertrust holds hundreds of patents that are key to Internet security, trust, and privacy management components of operating systems, trusted mobile code and networked operating environments, web services, and cloud computing.For more information, follow us at: https://twitter.com/intertrusttech or http://www.linkedin.com/company/intertrust.
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