Panasonic Avionics selects Intertrust ExpressPlay Marlin for X Series IFE platform

Feb. 26, 2015
LAKE FOREST, Calif., 26 Feb. 2015. Panasonic Avionics Corp. (Panasonic) engineers incorporated Intertrust’s ExpressPlay Marlin Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology into the Panasonic eXW wireless in-flight entertainment (IFE) system to protect and manage in-flight content libraries.

LAKE FOREST, Calif., 26 Feb. 2015. Panasonic Avionics Corp. (Panasonic) engineers incorporated Intertrust’s ExpressPlayMarlin Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology into the Panasonic eXW wireless in-flight entertainment (IFE) system to protect and manage in-flight content libraries.

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Panasonic Avionics engineers selected ExpressPlay for two reasons, according to Laurie da Silva, senior vice president of engineering at Panasonic Avionics: “It is a proven technology used in consumer devices like TVs and consumer gaming consoles, and it meets all of our IFE specific requirements for eXW. With ExpressPlay, our customers can offer a premium wireless entertainment experience backed by robust security endorsed and approved by the leading content providers that serve our industry.”

Panasonic’s eXW is an advanced wireless IFE system that delivers on-board movies, music, news, and in-cabin services to passengers’ personal electronic devices. It supports Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, as well as laptop computers with Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome, and Firefox browsers.

DRM helps protect copyrighted material by ensuring secure delivery and distribution of content during flight. Marlin’s unique ability to provide offline DRM provisioning is especially important in aircraft that do not have a data connection to the ground. This advantage can eliminate the need for passengers to download an airline-specific app before boarding their flight.

“Panasonic and Intertrust have worked together for years on DRM and a variety of other projects in consumer electronics and content distribution,” says Gilles Boccon-Gibod, senior vice president and chief architect at Intertrust. “Working on building Marlin into their latest wireless IFE systems is a privilege as it puts all of the features of our Marlin technology through serious moves to build a brilliant and dynamic content distribution system for travelers.”

Panasonic Avionics Corp. is a supplier of in-flight entertainment and communication systems. The company's solutions, supported by professional maintenance services, integrate with the cabin enabling airlines to deliver the ultimate travel experiences with a rich variety of entertainment choices, resulting in improved quality communication systems and solutions, and lower overall costs.

Established in 1979, Panasonic Avionics Corp. is a subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corp. (NYSE: PC).

Intertrust invents, develops, and delivers technologies for trusted computing among leading global corporations from mobile and CE manufacturers and service providers, to enterprise software platform companies. Intertrust and its subsidiaries are also developing new trust services for vertical markets related to consumer privacy, Internet processing of DNA data, and smart grids.

Marlin is the Digital Rights Management (DRM) solution for YouView in the U.K., Italy's Tivù, and many IPTV services in Japan, and is a fast-growing DRM technology in China. Intertrust's ExpressPlay solution is growing for distributing video, audio, and ebook content that is Marlin compliant, and Intertrust's Seacert subsidiary is a digital certificate authority for Marlin.

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