Google announced it has acquired “Widevine,” a Seattle-based company that has focused on DRM and security for streaming internet media for the last decade.
One of the big selling points of Widevine‘s technology is that it’s cross-platform with a special focus on mobile and non-PC-based media consumption; so it can be used to secure to many different types of media (H.264, Flash, Quicktime, Windows Media) on different types of networks (CDN, peer to peer, managed) and different device platforms (smartphones, connected TVs, video game consoles, set top boxes, PCs.)
The company also has more than 60 U.S. and international patents and more than 100 pending in areas such as: adaptive streaming, application-level encryption, real-time piracy detection and response, media tracking, and usage controls.
Mario Queiroz said that Google will maintain all of Widevine’s existing client agreements, which includes the nearly all of the major streaming video services. AT&T U-Verse, Netflix, Blockbuster, Vudu, and Roxio CinemaNow, for example, all use Widevine’s streaming DRM technology.