Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem

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The Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE, LLC.) is a consortium of major film studios, consumer electronics manufacturers and retailers, networking hardware vendors, systems integrators, and Digital Rights Management (DRM) vendors. The consortium was announced in September 2008 by its president, Mitch Singer, also the chief technology officer (CTO) of Sony Pictures Entertainment. DECE was chartered to develop a set of standards for the digital distribution of premium Hollywood content.[1] The consortium intends to create a set of rules and a back-end system for the management of those rules that will enable consumers to share purchased digital content between a domain of registered consumer electronics devices.[2]

DECE's digital locker system is named UltraViolet.[3][4]

Amazon, Apple, Disney, and Google are not members of DECE. In February 2014, Disney launched its own digital locker system named Keychest and an associated streaming platform named Disney Movies Anywhere. In October 2017, Disney expanded Keychest to outside studios and renamed Disney Movies Anywhere to Movies Anywhere. Movies Anywhere currently connects to Amazon Video, FandangoNOW, Google Play/YouTube, Apple TV/iTunes, Microsoft Movies & TV, Vudu, Verizon Fios, and Xfinity

On January 30, 2019, Variety reported the closure of the UltraViolet system on July 31, 2019; DECE recommended confirming connections of UltraViolet content to Vudu and FandangoNow before the service's closure to maintain existing digital rights.[5][5]


DECE members include:


  1. ^ Edwards, Cliff (September 15, 2008). "Digital Content Wherever You Want It". Businessweek. Archived from the original on 2010-01-10.
  2. ^ Shiels, Maggie (January 13, 2009). "Digital rights war looms ahead". BBC News. Retrieved May 1, 2010.
  3. ^ Siegler, MG (Jul 20, 2010). "With DECE's UltraViolet, We're About To See Just How Powerful Apple Really Is". TechCrunch.
  4. ^ Cheng, Jacqui (2010-07-20). ""Universal DRM" renamed UltraViolet, beta starts this fall". ArsTechnica.
  5. ^ a b Roettgers, Janko (2019-01-30). "Ultraviolet Cloud Movie Locker to Shut Down (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety.

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