Motorola Mobility bets on digital rights platform Catch Media

March 15, 2011

Motorola Mobility Ventures, the company’s investment unit, invested an unspecified amount in Catch Media’s cloud media service Play Anywhere. A digital rights locker platform, Play Anywhere gives consumer electronics manufacturers, retailers and others the ability to provide anytime/anywhere access to content across platforms including TVs, set-top boxes, smart phones and tablets. WME Entertainment is also a strategic investor.

Play Anywhere was unveiled last year with the UK launch of Carphone Warehouse’s Music Anywhere streaming service. Carphone Warehouse, a mobile phone retailer, plans to expand to the United States later in 2011.

Motorola, which is likely to integrate this service into its smart phones and just-released Xoom tablet, is not alone in investing in cloud-based services. HTC recently wrote a check for $48.5 million to Saffron Digital, which provides mobile content delivery services and $40 million investment to cloud-based gaming provider OnLive.

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