Verimatrix to secure Zuku TV's OTT play in Africa
Michelle Clancy
| 20 May 2014
Verimatrix has extended its partnership with the Wananchi Group, the African triple-play provider, to provide content security for Zuku TV across direct-to-home (DTH) satellite, digital cable and IP-over-GPON networks — and later this year via over-the-top (OTT) video services.

Wananchi has worked with Verimatrix since 2010 when it chose its cardless Video Content Authority System (VCAS) for DVB solution to secure Zuku's direct-to-home (DTH) satellite TV services — a deal later extended to Zuku's digital cable services. To support planned OTT services, Verimatrix is supplying Wananchi with a multi-network content security platform, integrating with other ecosystem partners like Harmonic, Great Lakes Data Systems (GLDS), Technicolor and Castlenet.

"The best-of-breed VCAS security solution provides robust revenue protection for Zuku TV at all points of the value chain, helping us achieve our multi-network ambitions while also providing our customers with access to the content of their choice," said Richard Alden, CEO at Wananchi Group. "Verimatrix has proven to be a valuable and strategic partner as we evolve and enhance our video services."

VCAS is a cardless security solution that secures premium video content across various types of networks – whether managed or unmanaged – using satellite DTH, cable, DTT and OTT delivery to a multitude of devices.

"Wananchi is one of Africa's most savvy pay-TV operators, seizing the opportunities being made available through the proliferation of the mobile Internet and connected devices with the switch to digital networks," said Steve Oetegenn, president, Verimatrix. "We look forward to our continued collaboration and to delivering Zuku TV to as many people as possible, across the networks and devices of their choice."