The Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE) announced that 21companies have joined the organization as members, and it announced several key milestones that will help the DECE establish an open market for digital content distribution.

The DECE is a coalition that comprises 48 entertainment, software, hardware, retail, infrastructure and delivery companies.

Recent milestones for the organization include:

  • Agreement on a common file format, an open specification for digital entertainment, that will be used by all participating content providers, services and device manufacturers
  • Vendor selection for and role of the “Digital Rights Locker,” a cloud-based authentication service and account management hub that gives consumers rights to access to their digital entertainment
  • Approval of five digital rights management (DRM) solutions that will be DECE-compatible

Full technical specifications will be available in the first half of this year.

Last year, 21 companies joined DECE, including: Adobe, Ascent Media Group, CableLabs, Catch Media, Cox Communications, DivX, DTS, ExtendMedia, Irdeto, Liberty Global, Motorola, Nagravision, Netflix, Neustar, Nokia, Rovi, Secure Path, SwitchNap, Tesco, Thomson and Zoran.

“The digital entertainment marketplace is on the cusp of a new era of rapid growth,” said Mitch Singer, president of DECE. “The key to unlocking this potential is giving consumers the 'buy once, play anywhere’ experience they want. That’s the goal of DECE and one we’re making rapid progress toward today.”

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