Japan's Largest Cable TV Provider Selects AuthenTec DRM Fusion™ Content Protection Solution for New Video On Demand Services
AuthenTec DRM protects content for J:COM's new Xvie service for mobiles, giving 2.5 million subscribers easy, secure access via Apple and Android smartphones and tablets
MELBOURNE, Fla.--AuthenTec (NASDAQ:AUTH), a leading provider of mobile and network security, announced today that it has teamed with Jupiter Telecommunications Co., Ltd. (J:COM) to deliver J:COM's Video On Demand (VOD) services to its 2.5 million subscribers in Japan. J:COM, the largest cable operator in Japan based on the number of customers served, will use AuthenTec's downloadable DRM Fusion and DRM Fusion Server to protect and deliver its VOD content to Apple and Android mobile devices via a new Xvie service launched on May 22.
AuthenTec provided J:COM DRM content protection on the server side and client DRM protection with via downloadable Android and iOS clients that are based on Microsoft's PlayReady platform. AuthenTec's DRM Fusion clients are compatible with third party servers for content services that have already been deployed, and also work seamlessly with AuthenTec servers for fast and flexible deployment of new services.
"We are grateful for AuthenTec's outstanding technical support and DRM experience, which helped J:COM to quickly deliver our VOD service that's as easy as downloading an app," said Hidetaka Haga, Manager of Service Development Dept. for J:COM. "With help of the AuthenTec team, we can now offer 2.5 million subscribers anytime, anywhere access to our lineup of on-demand programming, and we look forward to a successful launch of our new Xvie service."
"Fast but sound deployment of DRM helps leading operators like J:COM capitalize on the growing demand for high-value content that can be easily accessed by smartphone and tablet users," said Dr. Simon Blake-Wilson, Vice President of AuthenTec Embedded Security Solutions. "By partnering with AuthenTec, J:COM was able to focus on content selection while leaving worries about rights management, the quality of video playback, and device compatibility to us."
J:COM launched the Xvie service in Japan on May 22, which is available as a downloadable application for Android, and Apple mobile devices.
AuthenTec offers complete security solutions for handset makers, mobile operators, and rich content providers, including fingerprint sensor hardware, identity management software and embedded security. The Company has shipped more than 20 million fingerprint sensors for use in mobile devices. AuthenTec's proven embedded security offering includes its DRM Fusion™ Agent for content protection that supports multiple industry standards, and its QuickSec™ Mobile VPN solution tailored specifically for Android smartphones and tablets and Apple iPhones and iPads.
About Jupiter Telecommunications Co., Ltd.
Established in 1995, Jupiter Telecommunications Co., Ltd. (J:COM) is Japan's largest multiple system and multiple channel operator. In system operation, J:COM provides cable television, high speed Internet access and telephony services to customers through 16 consolidated subsidiaries at the local level serving approximately 3.68 million subscribing households* in the Sapporo, Sendai, Kanto, Kansai, and Kyushu regions. The number of serviceable households or "homes passed" in J:COM franchise areas is 13.71 million. In channel operation, J:COM invests in and operates 17 thematic channels which are provided to CATV, satellite and telecom operators. Jupiter Telecommunications is a public company, trading on the Osaka Securities Exchange's JASDAQ market under code No. 4817. For more information (available in English), visit J:COM's website at http://www.jcom.co.jp/english.html
*The above household figures are as of May 31, 2012.
AuthenTec is a leading provider of mobile and network security. The Company's diverse product and technology offering helps protect individuals and organizations through secure networking, content and data protection, access control and strong fingerprint security on PCs and mobile devices. AuthenTec encryption technology, fingerprint sensors and identity management software are deployed by the leading mobile device, networking and computing companies, content and service providers, and governments worldwide. AuthenTec's products and technologies provide security on hundreds of millions of devices, and the Company has shipped more than 100 million fingerprint sensors for integration in a wide range of portable electronics including over 15 million mobile phones. Top tier customers include Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Fujitsu, HBO, HP, Lenovo, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Orange, Samsung, Sky, and Texas Instruments. Learn more at authentec.com