- WIDEVINE AGREEMENT SEES LOVEFiLM EXPAND DRM AND ADD ADAPTIVE STREAMING FOR MULTIPLATFORM USE -
For immediate release
LOVEFiLM, Europe's largest subscription service - streaming movies and TV episodes over the Internet and sending DVDs by post - has signed a significant agreement with US-based Widevine, naming Widevine as LOVEFiLM's preferred provider of digital rights management (DRM) and video optimisation solutions. This will allow LOVEFiLM's digital content to be accessed on the broadest cross section of devices.
The agreement with Widevine will see LOVEFiLM further develop its digital content to be playable on many new devices, ensuring the largest possible audience for future use. Widevine's DRM, adaptive streaming and virtual-DVD like trick play technologies will ensure the video remains both secure and at the best possible quality, providing viewers with the ultimate viewing experience across many devices.
The Widevine platform is deployed by major Internet content services and large cable, satellite and telecommunication companies launching over-the-top strategies. 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.
In addition to offering its 1.4 million members access to over 67,000 titles for rental, LOVEFiLM already offers thousands of films and TV shows available to 'Watch Online' via the LOVEFiLM Player and on connected devices including SONY BRAVIA and Samsung TVs.
LOVEFiLM Group Digital Officer, Lesley Mackenzie, said,
"Our agreement with Widevine signifies our passion for offering high-quality digital content to our members by giving them the widest possible platform choice, value and convenience. Widevine's impressive DRM knowledge and adaptive streaming solutions are respected industry-wide and they are a great partner to help us continue our rapid growth in this sector."
Widevine Chief Executive Officer, Brian Baker added, "Widevine is pleased to be working with LOVEFiLM enabling their customers to have the highest quality video experience while viewing LOVEFiLM content on a wide array of devices. Now customers of LOVEFiLM can have the flexibility to watch Hollywood content on the device of their choice.
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For further information please contact the LOVEFiLM.com press office at Mischief on 0207 100 9999 or firstname.lastname@example.org or the Widevine press office at Calysto on +1 404 266 2060 extension 13 or email@example.com
NOTES TO EDITORS
- <*>In a little over 6 years, LOVEFiLM has become a leading European film subscription service, combining the benefits of DVD rental by post and, more recently, watching movies online via the LOVEFiLM Player (on the PC or streamed to the TV). Customers can therefore choose how they want to watch from a selection of over 67,000 titles, including HD/Blu-ray DVDs, video games and digital streaming*> <*>LOVEFiLM has over 1.4 million members and operates in the UK, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Germany*> <*>LOVEFiLM weekly newsletters reach over one million members*> <*>LOVEFiLM was a pioneer in digital film delivery in the UK and has recently launched the LOVEFiLM Player with thousands of digital titles available for members to watch on their TV or PC. The LOVEFiLM Player is available to all users of LOVEFiLM. For those on an Unlimited package the service comes at no extra cost. Premium titles are available to everyone on a pay-per-view basis, and a number of titles are available to all site visitors for free with advertising support*> <*>The LOVEFiLM Player is becoming available through a range of internet-enabled devices - including Sony and Samsung - taking LOVEFiLM directly into members' living rooms through their TV sets*> <*>LOVEFiLM customers have generated 80 million ratings, 843,000 member reviews and generate around 2 million trailer views per month - information which helps LOVEFiLM to promote the most relevant titles for customers to choose from*> <*>LOVEFiLM also sells DVDs, Blu-ray and video games through the LOVEFiLM shop*> <*>LOVEFiLM is Hitwise's 2009 Number 1 website based on market share of visits among all UK websites in the Entertainment - Movies industry (ranked 4th in the Shopping and Classifieds - Video and Games industry)*> <*>LOVEFiLM offers a range of rental options in each market with free postage and no late fees. In the UK these include?3.99 a month allowing members to have one DVD at a time (limit of two per month),?5.99 a month for one DVD at a time (limit of three per month),?7.99 for two DVDs at a time (limit of four per month),?9.99 a month for one DVD out at a time (Unlimited),?12.99 for two at a time (Unlimited) and?15.99 gives the option for three DVDs at a time (Unlimited). Members on an Unlimited package have access to the LOVEFiLM Player at no extra cost*> <*>LOVEFiLM also offers a range of video games rental options in the UK market to support gaming across XBox 360, Xbox, PS3, PS2, Wii and DS. These include?9.99 a month for two discs at a time (limit of three per month),*>
- <*>LOVEFiLM UK awards include: British Video Association's award for the UK's Best Rental Service in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, won the fast-growing media company Media Momentum award in 2005, 2007 and 2008, UK technology - Innovation&Growth award for Mediatech Impact of the Year 2008, Home Entertainment Week awards for Rentailer of the Year 2007 and 2008, the 2008 Fast Growth Business Award for Retail/Leisure business of the Year, awarded 9th place in The Sunday Times top 100 fastest growing private technology companies 2009 (2nd in 2008, 5th in 2007), awarded 3rd place in The Sunday Times top 100 private equity-backed companies with the fastest-growing profits in 2010, a finalist in the National Customer Service Awards 2008, finalist in the Retail Week awards 2009, awarded 5th place in the Deloitte Fast 50 UK 2009, awarded 22nd place in the Deloitte Fast 500 EMEA fastest growing public and private technology companies and named Company Of The Year at the Growing Business Awards 2009*> <*>The group currently works with major partners in the UK including Tesco, easy Group, CD Wow, Guardian News Media, Odeon and Vue Cinemas, some of whom offer a fully white-labeled online DVD rental service*>