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South Africa’s Discovery Digital chooses PlayReady

South African digital media group Discover Digital has tapped Microsoft’s digital rights management system for its forthcoming OTT TV offering.

Discover Digital, which plans to launch an OTT service by the middle of this year, has integrated Microsoft PlayReady DRM into its transactional and subscription video-on-demand offering.

The company plans to make content available to both connected and unconnected customers, with the latter able to rent videos on-demand at kiosks, downloading them to a USB stick to watch via a set-top box.

“Microsoft PlayReady is used to manage and protect our content for OTT internet TV and for the content kiosk rental system we developed, which allows unconnected consumers to rent content on demand at convenient kiosks and download them onto a USB stick to watch on our set top box,” said Stephen Watson, co-founder and executive director of Discover Digital.

Discovery Digital is using middleware provide by Ireland-based Digisoft.tv.