The search for a common file format for the delivery of digital entertainment appears to have been completed and the members of the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem LLC (DECE) are about to sign off on it.
The members of the organisation include: Adobe, Alcatel-Lucent, Ascent Media Group, Best Buy, Blueprint Digital, CableLabs®, Catch Media, Cisco, Comcast, Cox Communications, Deluxe Digital, DivX, Dolby Laboratories, DTS, ExtendMedia, Fox Entertainment Group, HP, Intel, Irdeto, Liberty Global, Lionsgate, Microsoft, MOD Systems, Motorola, Movie Labs, Nagravision, NBC Universal, Netflix, Neustar, Nokia, Panasonic, Paramount Pictures, Philips, RIAA, Rovi, Roxio CinemaNow, Samsung Electronics, Secure Path, Sony, SwitchNAP, Tesco, Thomson, Toshiba, Verimatrix, VeriSign, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Widevine Technologies Inc. and Zoran.
These organisations have now approved the file format which will work on any device or with any service that carries the DECE logo.
These will include services provided through cable, IPTV, internet, or mobile.
However despite the unified look, Disney Studios and Apple were not involved and the rumour is that they are working on an alternative method known as Keychest.