Discover Digital Confirms Working Relationship with Microsoft ahead of internet TV launch

Johannesburg, Tuesday 13 May 2014:  Discover Digital, a South African digital entertainment business, is another step closer to launching its internet TV offering by mid-2014. Not only has it successfully carried out the first adaptive bit rate live streaming test, but it has also confirmed implementation of Microsoft’s digital content management solution in its offering. This follows the company’s announcement of its first sports content acquisition last month.

Microsoft’s PlayReady Digital Content Management (DCM) solution has been integrated into Discover Digital’s Transactional Video on Demand (TVOD) and Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) technology offering.

Stephen Watson, co-founder and Executive Director at Discover Digital, says that the company’s decision to use only best-of-breed solutions is bearing fruit. “Microsoft PlayReady is used to manage and protect our content for OTT internet TV and for the content kiosk rental system we developed, which allows unconnected consumers to rent content on demand at convenient kiosks and download them onto a USB stick to watch on our set top box (STB),” he explains.

Rob McAuley, Director of Business Development at Microsoft PlayReady, says that the solution is widely used to protect premium content services including Netflix, Sky Go and Ultraviolet and was recognised by Frost & Sullivan as arguably the most widely trusted DRM technology platform system in the industry not only from a security point of view, but also in terms of functionality, scalability and reliability.

“We are very excited to be working with Discover Digital and, in particular we welcome their innovative use of PlayReady Technology to open up an entirely new markets for TV services,” comments McAuley.

Discover Digital’s middleware was developed by Ireland’s, a Microsoft PlayReady partner.

Watson highlights the progress which Discover Digital has made, having advanced to live streaming tests. “The Monster Energy SuperGP Champions Trophy was broadcast live earlier this month with no reported glitches. We conducted low key tests with no promotion and surprisingly had more unique views than anticipated from no less than 15 countries watching the race,” he says.

“We are excited about the progress made, the design and build of our set-top box is complete and the necessary facilities for our head-end infrastructure and data centre have been acquired in Sandton, Johannesburg,” he concludes.

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Discover Digital is a South African digital media company which has developed a bespoke Over-the-Top (OTT) internet television solution for the African market. It will offer customers both Transactional Video on Demand (TVoD) and Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) services through local telecommunications networks and Internet Service Providers, allowing the customers to consume content on multiple devices, including Set-top-boxes, Smart Phones, Tablets, connected PC’s and SmartTVs.