Project Phenix is the working title of an initiative that, when implemented, will give consumers “an easier and faster way to organize, store and move their HD digital movies and TV shows across multiple devices,” according to its backers: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, SanDisk and Western Digital.

In addition to local storage, the content also will be backed up via the UltraViolet industry standard as well as other cloud-based services.

The project is being developed by the newly formed Secure Content Storage Association (SCSA). Established as a LLC, the group says it will “create and license solutions that secure high-definition and other premium copyright-protected content on local and portable hard drives, and flash memory products such as USB flash drives, SD cards and solid state disk drives (SSDs). Once content is downloaded to a hard drive or flash memory product, it could then be accessed, online or offline, on any SCSA-enabled device such as a connected TV, laptop, Blu-ray player, tablet, mobile phone or game console.”

Consumers can buy this “optimized content” via digital download, digital files bundled with physical media, kiosks in retail stores or other means of secure digital delivery. The SCSA expects to make its solutions available for licensing this year.

What The Programmers Say

>> Darcy Antonellis, president, Warner Bros. Technical Operations: "Developing solutions that will allow consumers to easily access and store true HD digital content is a critical component supporting digital media and entertainment consumption. Through the SCSA, we will accelerate the development of products that will make it easy for the consumer to download, store and playback their high definition digital movies and TV shows, in full 1080p, on any SCSA-optimized device at home and on the go."

>> Mike Dunn, president, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment: "The vision for this new product is to store, play and back up in the cloud personal and professional content. The device renders content up to 10 times faster than over-the-top Internet. We see Project Phenix as a key component of the emerging digital ecosystem."

>> Bert Hesselink, CTO, Western Digital Branded Products: "The SCSA will provide consumers with a digital solution for movies and TV shows that is as simple to use as DVD and Blu-ray discs. The SCSA solution will allow the consumer to store high-definition purchased content, including copies of certain DVD content, in a secure, consumer-owned digital home library on a hard drive, along with their personal photos, music, and videos. Digital library content can be easily viewed inside the home on a TV, PC or tablet, or when owners are on the move with a portable library copy, providing mobile viewing even when a reliable Internet connection is not available, such as a plane, car, train or remote location."

>> Sumit Sadana, senior vice president/chief strategy officer, SanDisk:  "Consumers around the world will finally be able to enjoy locally stored premium Hollywood content in up to 1080p quality anywhere they desire on a broad range of electronic devices. With the involvement of major Hollywood studios and leaders in the HDD and Flash memory industries, the SCSA alliance’s openly licensable security standard holds the promise of fostering new device capabilities, new business models and ultimately improved value for consumers.”

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