Widevine has received what looks to be an elemental patent broadcasting video via the Internet. Specifically, it’s for transcoding broadcast content for Internet delivery.
As described by the company, the invention “allows consumers to enjoy live, high definition (HD) entertainment over the Internet. The premium broadcast content may be viewed using Internet connected consumer electronics and mobile devices.”
Glenn Morten, Widevine’s CTO and patent co-author said in a statement, “Efficiently grooming broadcast content for retransmission via Internet Protocols is fundamentally important to enabling a high quality entertainment experience on a wide range of devices.”
Referring to a patent as “fundamental” is to suggest wide applicability. It frequently signals that the patent holder is about to embark on negotiations with many, many companies to either swap patent rights or secure payment for use.
To that point, Widevine notes its platform is deployed by major Internet content services and large cable, satellite and telecommunication companies launching over-the-top and TV Everywhere strategies. The company’s software platform optimizes the entertainment experience for content delivered over any network to any device. The solution is natively supported in nearly all major brands and types of network connected consumer electronics including televisions, Blu-ray players, mobile devices, gaming systems and more.