Macrovision and Broadcom Announce Partnership to Expand Digital Rights Management in Next Generation Set-Top Platforms

9/16/2002 - Macrovision, the leader in copy protection and digital rights management (DRM) technologies, and Broadcom, the leading provider of integrated circuits enabling broadband communications, announced that the two companies are working together to enable Macrovision's MacroSafeTM digital copy protection and secure media management technology through Broadcom's Digital Rights Management (DRM) Tool Kit for cable and digital broadcast satellite set-top box (STB) chip sets and reference designs.

The Broadcom® DRM Tool Kit consists of a suite of silicon solutions and software drivers that provide end-to-end security and rights management of digital content in home networking and entertainment applications. Included in the suite of services are decryption and encryption engines, authentication services, tamper detection services, and digital recording management services.

Macrovision will port its MacroSafe Client security to Broadcom's embedded LinuxTM-based set-top development platforms, the BCM93740, BCM97320, BCM97115, BCM97110 and BCM97315 platforms. Product availability is planned for late in the fourth quarter of 2002.

The combination of Broadcom's highly integrated set-top box ICs and robust STB reference design development platforms with Macrovision's MacroSafe secure media distribution and management system is designed to enable the following:

"In today's competitive cable and satellite TV markets, system/service operators are looking for additional ways to add new services for their subscribers, to create customer loyalty and reduce customer churn. MacroSafe is the tool that enables system/service operators to accomplish all of these goals, enabling VOD, PPV, time-shifting, place-shifting, all while ensuring the content will be protected and only used as authorized," said Bill Krepick, President and CEO of Macrovision. "Macrovision's partnership with Broadcom will create best-of-breed broadband platforms that offer the right combination of flexibility, transparency, security and investment protection throughout the DRM commercial value chain."

"The digital set top box is expanding beyond its original function of providing secure access and delivery of video. There is now a clear, revenue-producing demand for recording and sharing digital content among consumer appliances throughout the home. In this emerging reality of shared digital content, it is important to acknowledge and maintain the digital rights of this content," said Rich Nelson, Senior Director of Marketing for Broadcom's Broadband Communications Business Unit. "Broadcom created the DRM Tool Kit as part of its commitment to achieve this objective. Our DRM Tool Kit complements existing conditional access delivery systems by extending the management content as it is recorded and shared with other devices. Broadcom is committed to working with the leaders of digital rights management and is pleased to be in partnership with Macrovision in this important endeavor."

MacroSafe is a multi-layered software solution that provides for the secure distribution and management of video, audio and other multimedia applications to a variety of devices, including PCs, set-top boxes and home media servers. It conforms to the MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 standards. The system includes AES and triple DES encryption, built-in tamper-hardening and separation of licenses and content to increase security and flexibility. MacroSafe's architecture supports revocation and renewability of licenses in case of security violations, as well as ease of implementation. MacroSafe consists of three major components: software tools for preparing content, Web services-based software for the secure delivery of content and licenses to clients, and a secure client that establishes an "island of trust" for the safe consumption of content.

About Broadcom (
Broadcom Corporation is the leading provider of highly integrated silicon solutions that enable broadband communications and networking of voice, video and data services. Using proprietary technologies and advanced design methodologies, Broadcom designs, develops and supplies complete system-on-a-chip solutions and related hardware and software applications for every major broadband communications market. Our diverse product portfolio includes solutions for digital cable and satellite set-top boxes; cable and DSL modems and residential gateways; high-speed transmission and switching for local, metropolitan and wide area networking; home and wireless networking; cellular and terrestrial wireless communications; Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) gateway and telephony systems; broadband network processors; and SystemI/OTM server solutions. These technologies and products support our core mission: Connecting everythingTM.

About Macrovision (
Macrovision develops and markets copy protection, digital rights management (DRM) and electronic license management technologies for the home video, music, consumer and enterprise software markets. Motion picture studios, cable and satellite TV operators, consumer electronics companies and personal computer manufacturers use Macrovision's technologies to prevent the unauthorized duplication, reception or use of copyrighted video materials. Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, with international headquarters in London and Tokyo.

Broadcom®, the pulse logo, Connecting everythingTM and SystemI/OTM are trademarks of Broadcom Corporation and/or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries. Macrovision® is a registered trademark and MacroSafe is a trademark of Macrovision Corporation.

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