ANGA COM 2013: Verimatrix beefs up FTA security offerings and racks up VCAS wins

Editor | 05-06-2013

As it announces wins with leading European cable TV providers, Verimatrix has unveiled a range of initiatives making pay-TV security more available to the public broadcaster and free-to-air (FTA) community.

The multi-network, multiscreen digital security provider has developed a solution that it says will support a digital terrestrial deployment approach for free-to-air services. This it claims will also be compelling for pay-TV terrestrial and cable operators that are transitioning from analogue to digital broadcasting and may ultimately desire to offer advanced broadcast, multiscreen and hybrid services. Verimatrix has achieved this by customising its Verimatrix Content Authority System (VCAS) for DVB solution, embedding it in set-top boxes (STBs).
The company says that the advantages of building a multi-network delivery infrastructure include harmonised security and a cost-effective upgrade path for the public broadcast and the FTA communities, even in cases where direct monetisation of video services is not an immediate goal.
"If a broadcaster could add DRM or conditional access tomorrow, it would, even on a free-to-air delivery. But this has previously been too expensive and for little benefit," commented Peter White, principal analyst and founder, Rethink Technology Research Ltd. "Verimatrix has shown how nimble it can be by reducing the price barrier for encrypted broadcasts. It’s what we have come to expect from the leading innovator in the sector."
“Our new range of technical and commercial solutions optimised for the broadcast and FTA communities addresses a diverse set of security challenges that these operators face,” said Steve Oetegenn, chief sales and marketing officer, Verimatrix. “Issues like ensuring national licence fees are employed fairly, dealing with rights management in an environment of extreme cost pressures, and the move to hybrid network delivery standards really demand a flexible and extremely scalable approach to security.”
While making the announcement, Verimatrix also revealed that Magyar Telekom has deployed VCAS to provide revenue security for its new over-the-top (OTT) video-on-demand (VOD) service designed to expand its satellite TV platform with interactive services for connected devices. The service, featuring the HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) protocol, is available on multiple screens, including PCs, Macs, iPhones, iPads, Smart TVs and Android-based phones and tablets. Huawei served as the systems integrator for the project.
VCAS has also been deployed by Stofa, Denmark’s second largest cable operator, to provide enhanced revenue security foundation for Stofa’s SmartTv OTT solution. The video service includes premium content from C More and HBO, and features interactive control functions such as pause, rewind, movie rentals and start-over. Content is available on multiple screens, including computers, smartphones and tablets.
In the third European win, Deutsche Telekom subsidiary Slovak Telekom will use VCAS to protect its new Magio GO OTT multiscreen service. The service features 22 live TV channels with enhanced services such as nPVR, time shift, TV archive and TV bookmarks. Magio GO is available on a variety of screens (TV, Web, mobile) and is based on Slovak Telekom’s unique MCore converged multiscreen application framework, which delivers converged TV applications and services to IPTV, hybrid satellite and OTT customers.