Gemtek Licenses Discretix Multi-Scheme DRM Client with Microsoft® PlayReady® Support

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 
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Content Protection for Android based OTT; Next generation STBs with embedded DRM enable a broad range of broadcast and video on demand applications

BARCELONA, Spain — Discretix, the leading provider of field-proven content protection and embedded security solutions, announced today that Gemtek Technology has licensed its Multi-Scheme DRM Client with Microsoft PlayReady® support for Android based pocket-size smart TV box.

Approved by all major Hollywood studios and the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (Ultraviolet), Microsoft PlayReady® addresses the significant transformation that has affected both the mobile and home entertainment market in the last several years. Microsoft PlayReady® provides support for a wide range of business models starting with purchase through super-distribution.

Leveraging more than a decade of experience in mobile security, Discretix’ implementation of Microsoft PlayReady® delivers significant benefits to service providers and Android device manufacturers including short time-to-market, significant R&D savings and seamless support for multiple updates to the operating systems. The Discretix Multi-Scheme DRM Client is in mass production globally and field-proven across a broad range of connected devices and operating systems. Moreover, the client’s increased security level and optimized CPU utilization ensure the secure and seamless delivery of video on demand to the end-user.

The Discretix implementation of PlayReady® provides the critical elements required for a robust implementation on open operating systems such as Android, MeeGo and Linux. Enabling compliance with Microsoft’s Compliance and Robustness (C&R) rules and secure content data path, Discretix’ Multi-Scheme DRM Client also meets the stringent requirements set by major studios and content providers. Enhanced anti-rollback, secure provisioning and revocation, secure data storage, optimized crypto and integration with hardware security elements are just some of the security elements that have been integrated in the DRM client.

Gemtek is a world leader in wireless broadband, offering a wide range of residential and business solutions. Gemtek’s technological excellence has earned it a reputation for delivering high-performing and solidly reliable wireless solutions.

“Frequent updates combined with the risks inherent in open operating systems create multiple security challenges”, said Coby Sella, CEO for Discretix. The PlayReady® support, included as part of the field- proven Multi-Scheme DRM Client leverages Discretix’ in-depth systems expertise, hardware-based security and vast hands-on experience in order to adhere to stringent industry standards.”

“Over-the-top TV and video on demand allow service providers to expand their offering and subscriber base. By selecting the Discretix Multi-Scheme DRM client for our Android based OTT box, Gemtek will be facilitating a much broader range of broadcast applications,” said Rick Hwang General Manager, Mobile Consumer Electronics Business Unit of Gemtek Technology. “This is a DRM solution that has been proven on millions of consumer devices. Its reliability and versatility will be a real asset to our new products.”

Discretix is showcasing its Multi-Scheme DRM Client along with its other embedded content protection security solutions at MWC, from its exhibit at Hospitality Suite 4.7HS22 in Fira de Barcelona.