Technology Leaders Announce 'Marlin Partner Program' to Make Digital Content Interoperable Across Multiple Devices and Services

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
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Over Twenty-Five Technology Solutions Providers and System Integrators Join Forces to Deliver Content Solutions to Operators and Device Manufacturers

LONDON, UK — Over twenty-five leading Technology Solutions Providers, System Integrators and Content Management companies have joined forces to create the Marlin Partner Program (MPP). Members of the program can now deliver technology solutions to service providers and consumer device manufacturers who want to make digital content interoperable between consumer electronics devices that include mobile phones, set top boxes, media players & PCs.

The MPP allows providers of mobile, broadband, broadcast and IPTV services, and manufacturers of networked consumer devices to deploy more flexible and useful products and services where consumers can move protected content between devices. MPP companies would provide the various technical components necessary for customers to deliver Marlin solutions and integration services to network operators, service providers and device manufacturers.

The MPP is launching with global technology leaders including Consumer Electronics companies, Systems Integrators, Content Management, and Security companies. Initial partner companies include: 24-7 Entertainment, Cloakware, CoreMedia, CoreTrust, DigiCAPS, Digital Keystone, dprotech, EGC&C, Fasoo, Fujitsu, Hitachi, icube, INKA Entworks, MarkAny, MPS Broadband, SafeNet, SecureMedia, Tata Elxsi, Teruten, Triple IT, Valups, Verimatrix, VIT Infotech, Wisembed, and Wyplay.

“The Marlin Partner Program fits perfectly within our goal of providing enabling-technology and resources to companies committed to meeting the demand for deeper and more flexible content services,” stated Talal Shamoon, Co-chairman of the Marlin Developer Community (MDC), the organization responsible for creating and promoting the Marlin Standard and associated initiatives. “Through the MPP companies, network operators and device manufacturers have the tools they need to begin working with Marlin today.”

“The Marlin Partner Program is an important initiative that speeds time to market and enables interoperability through Marlin,” said Soichiro (So) Saida, Senior Director of Service Planning & Strategy, Sony Media Software & Services Europe of Sony United Kingdom Ltd. “Device manufacturers and service providers seeking to provide a differentiated experience can now turn to a large community of solutions providers to build end-to-end solutions to be one step ahead of the game”

The MPP provides a range of technical and marketing resources to its members. In addition to access to software code and technical support, partners can participate in joint marketing at trade and industry events. Periodic partner conferences will present opportunities to showcase solutions, identify market needs and generate sales leads.