The Secure Content Storage Association (SCSA) – a consortium of companies in the entertainment and storage industries focused on developing technologies to make it easy and secure for consumers to purchase, transfer and view content across multiple electronic devices – has released licensing specifications for the Vidity-branded technology which it says will enable the best 4K Ultra HD movie ownership experience across enabled devices with entertainment experiences, including what it says is “unparalleled” and locally-stored playback of 4K Ultra HD and HD movies across multiple devices.
Vidity has no requirement to log into accounts or connect to the Internet for playback. Compliant products will offer consumers the freedom and flexibility to store, copy, play and share downloaded digital files on a wide range of devices, such as laptop computers, mobile phones and tablets. The branded technology delivers the highest quality digital entertainment experience in the marketplace today through its 4K Ultra HD and high dynamic range (HDR) support. In addition, Vidity is complementary to streaming entertainment platforms such as UltraViolet and others.
Vidity will give users complete control of collecting, viewing and managing their high-quality digital film and TV libraries like no other system today. Sharing digital content in a household will also be easier with Vidity, which allows the playback of digital content that resides on one Vidity-enabled device on the screen of another enabled device. Users also can easily move and copy content between devices.
Created to advance next generation digital playback technology for locally-stored premium content, the Vidity specifications will benefit the full range of studio, technology and security companies in the home entertainment ecosystem. The sophisticated and robust specifications will ensure consistent adoption of the highest quality content standards and security measures, while supporting the cohesive development of Vidity-compliant products. Companies that would require Vidity specifications to enable compliant products and services include, but are not limited to:
Licensing of Vidity specifications is now available to all relevant companies who sign the SCSA adopter agreement.
“The Vidity solution represents the collaboration of over 50 key industry leaders across the content, technology, device and security industries,” says David Huerta, General Manager and Executive Director of SCSA. “Our Founders and Contributors are aligned in the goal of bringing the consumer the highest quality digital entertainment experience possible through the implementation of the Vidity specifications. We all look forward to Vidity compliant products establishing a durable and future-proof marketplace for consumers later this year.”
Current SCSA members Samsung, Fox, Seagate, Western Digital and MGO already have Vidity-compatible products available in the market which support the highest quality viewing experience of 4K UHD and HDR. With licensing of complete specifications available for the first time, fully compliant functionality that supports Vidity features, such as copying and moving content between devices as well as other cross-platform playback capabilities, can now be made available to consumers.