Rovi Reveals Pantech, RIM Deals


Barcelona, Spain -


used the Mobile World Congress here to announce partnerships with RIM and Pantech related to improved content streaming on mobile devices.

The company said that the Rovi Entertainment Store solution for entertainment storefront creation and management powers the new Video Store movie service on BlackBerry PlayBook, offering consumers access to a broad catalog of film and TV entertainment, including same-day home release titles.

The company also said that Pantech Wireless, the U.S.-based subsidiary of one of South Korea's largest mobile phone manufacturers, has certified the Android-based Pantech Element tablet to run DivX HD encoded content. The Pantech Element is available through AT&T.

DivX HD will help the device take advantage of faster mobile network speeds to watch high-quality video, while supporting efficient battery usage and interoperability with other certified devices. 

Certified DivX HD devices will play back both personal and protected premium video content in the DivX (DIVX and AVI) format, offering video resolutions up to 720p.

Meanwhile, RIM's Video Store is initially available with BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 in the United States, and is expected to be followed by launches in additional countries later this year. 

With Video Store on the BlackBerry PlayBook users will be able to view content within a few moments of beginning to download.

The Rovi Entertainment Store enables retailers, service providers, CE manufacturers, content owners and PC makers to quickly launch over-the-top storefronts that enable consumers to discover, purchase, manage, and enjoy a broad range of new movies and TV shows on multiple platforms and devices.

Rovi Entertainment Store includes white-label storefronts and playback client SDKs, cloud services, as well as content licensing, management and marketing services.

The solution can be deployed as a complete end-to-end solution to support all aspects of storefront deployment and management, or as individual components that can be used to enhance an existing service.


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