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2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. research house Strategy Analytics, at the end of 2003 there were 100 million digital homes worldwide, and that number is projected to pass 300 million by the end of 2008. Those are a lot of potential downloads, and the prospect of offering consumers a service that charges them to legally download what they want is an alluring one.
But the problem is piracy, or theft, as it is more properly known. With some analysts estimating that the industry is already losing $3.5 billion a year to piracy (see DVD DVD: see digital versatile disc.
in full digital video disc or digital versatile disc
Type of optical disc. The DVD represents the second generation of compact-disc (CD) technology. story on page 26), the size of the potential problem becomes apparent. But now it seems that this dichotomy has been resolved, with the announcement on September 9 of the launch of the SVP SVP S'il Vous Plaît (French: Please)
SVP Senior Vice President
SVP Schweizerische Volkspartei (Swiss People~s Party)
SVP Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
SVP Social Venture Partners
SVP St Vincent de Paul Alliance.
SVP is an acronym for Secure Video Processor The SVP is "an open technology specification for digital content protection", developed through an alliance of members. It operates as a hardware-based solution so that "an SVP-Compliant chip can be embedded in any device that has a digital processor". , a new technology developed jointly by NDS See eDirectory.
NDS - Netware Directory Services , a 78-percent-owned subsidiary of News Corp; STMicroelectronics, the world leader in System On Chip (SoC) technology, and Thomson Multi-Media, the world's largest producer of set-top boxes.
In addition to the three founding members, the SVP Alliance has three associate members who are in the process of becoming full members; these are chip vendors Broadcom Corporation, Conexant Systems and NEC (NEC Corporation, Tokyo, www.nec.com, www.necus.com) An electronics conglomerate known in the U.S. for its monitors. In Japan, it had the lion's share of the PC market until the late 1990s (see PC 98).
NEC was founded in Tokyo in 1899 as Nippon Electric Company, Ltd. Electronics (Europe) GmbH.
The significant difference between the SVP technology and previous conditional access Conditional Access (acronymized CA) is the protection of content by requiring certain criteria to be met before granting access to this content. The term is commonly used in relation to digital television systems, most notably satellite television. (CA) technologies is that SVP is applied to the content and not to the platform. Additionally, SVP technology integrates fully with existing CA and Digital Rights Management systems, as explained by Jean-Charles Hourcade, senior vice president, Research and Innovation, CTO (Chief Technical Officer) The executive responsible for the technical direction of an organization. See CIO and salary survey. , Thomson Multi-Media, who is launching the new technology and announcing the formation of the new alliance to promote SVP as the new industry CA standard. According to Hourcade, "SVP will enable network operators to expand the range of devices and services they can offer to subscribers. For the first time," he continued, "operators will be offered a solution that optimizes control and increases revenue, while consumers can seamlessly access digital content at a fair price and transfer it from a public domain to their preferred device at home."
The arrival of SVP, expected to quickly be accepted as the industry standard, could not be more timely as video-over-broadband (VioBB) has already begun to arrive in Western Europe Western Europe
The countries of western Europe, especially those that are allied with the United States and Canada in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (established 1949 and usually known as NATO). . Its arrival follows a string of Telco deployments over the past six months and the announcements by existing broadband DSL DSL
in full Digital Subscriber Line
Broadband digital communications connection that operates over standard copper telephone wires. It requires a DSL modem, which splits transmissions into two frequency bands: the lower frequencies for voice (ordinary operators in France, Germany, Italy and Spain, of new VioBB services or up-graded existing ones.
And it is not hard to see the attraction to Europe's Broadband Service Providers. To begin with, VioBB would offer a potentially significant attraction that could be used to enhance customer growth, and reduce churn; it would introduce a new revenue stream over and above basic access services; and probably most important of all, it would allow them to follow a full triple-play strategy.
And that's not all. In early September, Newsweek began peddling the rumor mill with a story that TiVo and Netflix are to team up to launch a VioBB service. No firm details were available at the time of publication and a Netflix spokesperson would only say, "Newsweek recently reported on a rumored deal, but nothing has been announced." Nonetheless, the two companies would make natural partners as TiVo CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. Mike Ramsay Mike Ramsay can refer to any of a number of living persons:
If such a service is to be launched, it seems highly likely that it will use a new technology called Strangeberry, which TiVo purchased in January from Arthur van Hoff, one of the original developers of Java. But whether such a service will have the corporate muscle to take on the likes of Thomson, NDS and STMicroelectronics seems highly questionable, especially as Thomson is intending to start embedding SVP enabled chips in its consumer electronic devices commencing in 2005 and NDS expects to shortly announce the development of its SVP Manager that will extend the reach of its existing VideoGuard CA solution to home networks and portable devices.