CES 2015: Cisco draws Charter template for video proposition

DetailsJoseph O'Halloran | 08 January 2015

The day after it announced it would be the backbone for Kabel Deutschland's next-gen video services, Cisco has entered into a similar strategic agreement with Charter Communications.

Under the terms of the deal Cisco will provide the leading US cableco with two main security software products from its Videoscape portfolio: the VideoGuard Server, which provides the downloadable conditional access system (DCAS) functionality on set-top boxes; and VideoGuard DRM, which provides Digital Rights Management functionality on a range of client devices. Cisco will supply what it says will be a 'substantial' share of Charter's next-generation Worldbox video offering and will continue to supply CableCARD boxes until Charter migrates all current and acquired systems to the downloadable security solution.

Charter plans to deploy downloadable security to its current systems this year and will then continue deployment to acquired systems. The downloadable security solution has been a multi-year effort involving multiple cable vendors. The downloadable security solution is an open solution, which has been ported to multiple vendors' CPE. It interoperates with in-place proprietary conditional access system implementations, facilitating efficient footprint wide rollout across different cable video network architectures.

"Cisco shares Charter's vision of the future of network architecture, where our network's intelligence is located in the cloud rather than in devices at the edge," remarked Charter president and CEO Tom Rutledge. "We are excited that Cisco will be a key supplier of the Charter Worldbox, and that its Downloadable security solution and digital rights management solutions will be part of Charter's next-generation, cloud-based video solution."