Lithuania's TEO Chooses Widevine to Protect "Gala" IPTV Service

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008 
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Widevine partners with Ericsson to support IPTV & DVB-T services & securely deliver premium content to multiple screens in the home

LONDON — Widevine® Technologies, the world’s leading provider of downloadable content protection, forensic watermarking and digital copy protection solutions, today announced that TEO LT, AB has selected Widevine Cypher® to secure delivery of premium broadcast and video-on-demand content for its GALA IPTV service. This is the first multi-screen IPTV deployment in Lithuania providing TEO a distinct competitive advantage over traditional cable and satellite deployments.

As the largest Lithuanian broadband Internet access and voice telephony services operator, TEO provides integrated telecommunications, IT and TV services to residents and businesses. Having launched GALA IPTV services in a highly competitive market served by more than 50 cable, satellite TV and telco providers, it now offers hundreds of video-on-demand films, 52 channels including sports packages, Virtual Cinema and games services to more than 20,000 subscribers.

“TEO switched to Widevine because of its excellent relationships with major European and Hollywood content owners and for its turnkey content protection solutions, which enable us to extend a fully differentiated interactive IPTV service to our customers,” said TEO’s Chief Technology Officer Darius Didžgalvis. “Our primary goal is to provide high quality services to our customers in a competitive market previously dominated by cable television and have the capabilities to expand our services to multiple screens.”

Widevine, in partnership with Ericsson, the systems integrator leading the project for TEO, and Motorola, supplier of the set top boxes, offer a tightly integrated and highly scalable IPTV platform.

“TEO’s selection of Widevine with Ericsson demonstrates how turnkey and simple it can be to add in content protection to enable premium content licensing,” said Yves Van Hecke, Widevine’s General Manager for Europe. “We are pleased to work with TEO to deliver innovative services and protect their IPTV revenue. Our multiplatform solutions enable us to grow with TEO to secure DTT, DTT/IP as well as to PCs and portable devices.”