San Diego -
said Tuesday that it is providing new testing equipment and procedures for consumer electronics manufacturers to implement the forthcoming UltraViolet virtual content locker that will enable purchasing videos for playback on multiple complying devices.
Solkai is working with the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE), an open, cross-industry consortium of more than 70 companies working on UltraViolet. The DECE will work on licensing and certifying devices that will be compliant with software encoded to enable the UltraViolet system.
Solekai said it is acting "in an advisory capacity in the design of the UltraViolet Compliance Verification Program," while designing and creating a set of accompanying verification suites and test tools for the UltraViolet ecosystem.
Set to launch this fall, UltraViolet is designed to let consumers purchase and collect movies and TV shows in a variety of formats and from a wide array of outlets. The ecosystem will combine the benefits of Cloud access with and open standard for multiple content services and device brands to work interchangeably with a purchased software title
So, for example, a consumer could purchase an UltraViolet enabled Blu-ray Disc title and have the right to view that same title through a streaming Cloud service on a mobile handheld device for no extra charge.
The tests will be left to each UltraViolet licensee to administer and pass. The DECE will have the right to revoke its certification if the equipment is found to fail the compliance test in the field.
In July, DECE announced the deployment of the licensing program and technical specifications, and initial licensees are now integrating and testing the UltraViolet digital rights locker system, which DECE will operate as a shared cloud resource.
Authorization to view the title on various devices on through differing services is determined through a Cloud-based centralized content locker.
Solekai said it will be developing for the DECE a set of Common File Format (CFF) generation and verification tools.
The UltraViolet CFF file format is designed to be used for downloads and streaming, allowing consumers to share content files directly among multiple brands of registered apps/devices, even as they may run different UltraViolet-compliant Digital Rights Management (DRM) systems.
The CFF-formatted content can be encoded and encrypted by content providers once, and then be played by consumers across wide a range of multiple platforms, creating a highly efficient and streamlined alternative to today's vertical distribution electronic sell through (EST) systems.
Solekai Systems will discussing its role with the DECE at the IBC Show Sept. 8-14.