UltraViolet due to shut down at the end of July

UltraViolet, the initiative that gives users digital access to movies and TV series they’ve purchased, is due to shut down on July 31. According to information posted on the UltraViolet website, the move is due to “market factors” – including the emergence of  content services separate to UltraViolet. “In most cases, your movies and TV […]

UltraViolet making progress, but challenges remain, says DECE

The UltraViolet digital locker system for electronic sell-through is making strong progress, but serious issues remain about usability and European markets, including the UK, still lag behind the US in terms of take up, attendees at the PEVE Entertainment Business Futures 2014 conference heard this morning. Speaking on the opening panel session at the event, […]

DECE approves Nagra DRM for UltraViolet to open devices

The Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE) has approved content security and interactive TV specialist Nagra’s DRM for streaming premium content to open devices for its UltraViolet service. The approval was announced at the recent DECE All Members Meeting, and follows DECE’s endorsement of Nagra’s DRM technology previously approved for streaming to closed devices. According to […]

Sharp and Rovi renew DivX deal

Sharp has renewed its multi-year DivX licensing agreement with Rovi Corporation, allowing it include DivX HEVC technology in its next-generation of AQUOS TVs and Blu-ray recorders. The agreement will allow Sharp to support high-quality streaming and playback of DivX HEVC HD 720p/1080p and Ultra HD/4K HEVC content. The deal also includes use of Rovi’s adaptive […]

UltraViolet plans more EU launches, hits back at critics

Ultraviolet is gearing up for more European deployments, with the body behind the service also hitting back at claims that it is complicated and not customer-friendly.  Speaking to DTVE, Mark Teitell, the general manager of the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE) – the consortium behind UltraViolet – said that even though Ultraviolet launched in the UK […]