Nagra, Adobe, Cisco lead key broadcast back-office sectors
| 03 September 2014
An ABI Research competitive assessment of the global broadcast cast sector has revealed Nagra, Adobe and Cisco are leading conditional access (CAS), digital rights management and middleware respectively.

In its Multiscreen Video Middleware and DRM Market Research report, ABI evaluated vendors on a number of criteria based on implementation and innovation criteria for each of the three markets. In their respective markets, the aforementioned were being chased by Ericsson in middleware, Verimatrix in conditional access and Microsoft for DRM.

ABI believes that the three markets are undergoing significant change. It sees major operators taking more responsibility for consumers' experience directly and relying less on third-party providers for middleware for example. As an example of this trend, it cites Comcast spin-off is RDK Management ranking first in innovation.

ABI practice director Sam Rosen commented: "We expect to see conditional access and DRM markets merging in the next several years; however, we still see distinct criteria between those vendors delivering content security for primary TV experiences and multiscreen experiences. CAS companies often integrate the technologies of DRM companies to provide multiscreen experiences."