Rovi seals DivX agreement with Panasonic’s SoC unit

US technology company Rovi has signed an agreement with the semiconductor business unit of Japan’s Panasonic to license its DivX Plus Streaming technology to the latter for inclusion in its UniPhier series of digital television and Blu-ray Disc integrated circuit solutions.

DivX Plus Streaming will work in conjunction with Rovi’s DivX Plus HD certification to enable offline playback of digital video files, and incorporates digital rights management (DRM) technology, along with the ability to dynamically adjust video streams according to available bandwidth.

The technology also supports 1080p high-definition content, subtitles, multiple language tracks, and trick-play features such as smooth fast forward and rewind, quick-start playback, and resume playback across devices.

Rovi recently released the results of a new survey it conducted with 13,000 DivX users in the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy, which found that 48% of respondents had streamed a movie or TV show, with the PC being the preferred device of 68% of users, followed by connected TVs and Blu-ray players with 20%.

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