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An Innovations Award and an Acquisition

There’s a lot I’ve missed covering in a combination of holiday travel and CES madness, and it’s worth a look back at the past week’s events to review. Motorola put out two noteworthy press releases last Thursday: one announcing a CES Innovations award, and one on the intent to acquire DRM company SecureM.

The Motorola Mover product won an Innovations award in the video components category. The branding has changed a couple of times, but the Mover product has been around in one form or another for more than a year. (See video from The Cable Show) It’s a small device handling encoding, compression and digital rights management that lets users take content off of a set-top and move it on to a mobile device. What’s different now from a year ago? There’s public support for the product from service providers. Check out this quote from Comcast:

Mark Hess, Comcast senior vice president of digital TV, says, “Comcast and Motorola have a long history of working together to offer new and innovative services that make consumers’ lives easier and offer them more choices. We congratulate Motorola on The Mover winning a CES Innovation Award and think this mobile media product is a terrific example of how Motorola’s innovations align with our vision to provide our customers with the entertainment they love anytime, anywhere.”

On the acquisition side, Motorola announced it has signed an agreement to acquire the assets of SecureM, LLC. and its subsidiaries, which operate together as SecureMedia. SecureMedia developed the Encryptonite ONE system, which is a software-based DRM system that is approved by “all major film studios and TV broadcasters.” (Infer what you will.) DRM technology certainly fits in well with Motorola’s heritage in conditional access and its commitment to making media available across multiple devices. The deal is expected to close this quarter.

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