IBC 2015: Sky to expand its STB middleware relationship with Cisco


Michelle Clancy

| 13 September 2015

Sky has announced that it will extend its collaboration with Cisco for set top box (STB) middleware solutions.

The companies have a long-standing relationship, including, as announced in January, their collaboration on the Sky AdSmart addressable TV advertising ecosystem for which Cisco contributed key components of its cloud video portfolio.

As part of their extended relationship, Sky will continue to use Cisco’s content security portfolio, which includes the Cisco VideoGuard conditional access (CAS) and digital rights management (DRM) solutions, to securely deliver content to its millions of subscribers.

“Our relationship with Cisco is critical to helping us realize our vision to accelerate time to market for the delivery of advanced entertainment services for our DTH subscribers that offer greater choice, convenience and control,” said Alun Webber, managing director of product design and development at Sky.

Yvette Kanouff, senior vice president and general manager for Service Provider Video Software and Solutions at Cisco, added, “We celebrate many great accomplishments with our longtime collaboration with Sky, together tackling the operational hurdles to drive their connected multiscreen initiatives, and move to a world of faster, better video anywhere.”