UltraViolet to Light Up CES

UltraViolet will shine at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Thursday evening, as top executives from member companies in cross-industry consortium the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem will participate in a panel in Room LVCCS221 at 5 p.m. (PT), where they will discuss the open market for digital content distribution.

The panel is scheduled to include: Best Buy senior vice president and general manager, home entertainment group Chris Homeister; Fox Filmed Entertainment president, new media and digital distribution Peter Levinsohn; Microsoft corporate VP, media and entertainment group Blair Westlake; NBC Universal president, digital and affiliate distribution J.B. Perrette; Neustar president and CEO Lisa Hook; Samsung Electronics senior VP, media solution center Tae-Jin Kang; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment executive VP, global digital and commercial innovation John Calkins; and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution president Thomas Gewecke.

UltraViolet is a technology that will allow the purchase and viewing of digital content anywhere, on any device, via the use of accounts for up to six members and up to 12 registered devices, and DECE member companies include studios, retailers, consumer-electronics manufacturers, cable operators, Internet-service providers, and others.

UltraViolet products and services are expected to be available around midyear, with the first designed-for-UltraViolet consumer-electronics devices debuting in early 2012.

DECE is currently made up of Adobe, Akamai Technologies, Alcatel-Lucent, Arxan Technologies, Best Buy, British Sky Broadcasting, BT, CableLabs, Catch Media, Cineplex Entertainment, Cisco Systems, Comcast, Cox Communications, CSG Systems’ Content Direct, Dell, Deluxe Digital, Dolby Laboratories, DTS, Fanhattan, FilmFlex, Fox Entertainment, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Huawei Technologies, IBM, Intel, Irdeto, LG Electronics, Liberty Global, Lionsgate, LOVEFiLM, Marvell Semiconductor, Microsoft, MOD Systems, Motorola Mobility, Nagravision, NBC Universal, NDS Group, Netflix, Neustar, Nokia, Panasonic, Paramount Pictures, Philips, QuickPlay Media, the Recording Industry Association of America, Red Bee Media, Rovi, Saffron Digital, Samsung Electronics, Sonic Solutions, Sony, Switch Communications, Technicolor, Tesco, Toshiba, Verance, Verimatrix, VeriSign, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Widevine Technologies, and Zoran.

DECE general manager Mark Teitell said:

Today’s announcement that UltraViolet is ready shows that the entertainment and technology communities have made good on their promise to give the world a new, user-friendly digital standard for collecting movies and TV shows in the digital age. In the coming months, consumers will hear exciting news from DECE member companies and other UltraViolet licensees about a host of interoperable products and services, ushering in a new era of choice, confidence, and freedom in digital entertainment.

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