Google is to purchase DRM provider Widevine in a move that gives the internet company access to Widevine’s multiplatform DRM and video optimisation technologies. No financial terms have been disclosed.
ACT ANNUAL CONFERENCE – BRUSSELS. Industry figures yesterday expressed their concerns regarding the uneven application of state aid rules across Europe, the struggle to deal with piracy and strengthen copyright protection and convergence issues.
IFA 2010 – BERLIN. Eric Schmidt, Google chairman of the board and CEO, will deliver the closing International Keynote on Tuesday, September 7 at the consumer electronics and home appliances tradeshow IFA in Berlin, which takes place September 3 – 8 at the Berlin Exhibition Site.
Google’s YouTube is said to be negotiating with Hollywood’s top movie studios to launch a pay-per-view movie service by the end of this year, according to the Financial Times. This would create a direct competitor to the the yet-to-be announced PPV service from Apple’s planned ITV.
Google is reportedly working with Intel and Sony on the extension of its Android smartphone operating system into the set-top box environment.
TiVo has announced that it has entered into an audience research agreement with Google in which second-by-second PVR viewing data from TiVo’s stand-alone subscribers will help Google TV Ads to better target advertising.
A record 161 million US internet users watched online video in August. Together they watched more than 25 billion videos, Google taking the lion’s share with more than 10 billion, according to comScore research.
RTS Cambridge. Google chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt has defended the company against charges that it takes video content for free without giving anything back to its creators.