Verimatrix ups security to VCAS 3.0
Chris Forrester

Content security company Verimatrix will unveil its latest VCAS 3.0 software encryption system at IBC this week. Verimatrix says it brings to its portfolio a more extensive set of service offerings.

Verimatrix says this next generation of VCAS shifts the value proposition of conditional access towards the broader perspective of revenue security through enhancements on several fronts:

Multi-format delivery support – Traditional media formats for broadcast and video-on-demand (VOD) increasingly must co-exist with adaptive rate and progressive download formats, especially in over-the-top (OTT) and mobile applications. VCAS 3.0 takes a format-independent approach to security that enables simultaneous and equivalent revenue security across a broad range of media formats, protocols and file types. Multi-format delivery enables, for instance, simultaneous and equivalent revenue security on multicast IP streams in a managed IPTV system and rate adaptive HTTP streams on a mobile devices network.

Single Content Authority Integration for Multiple DRMs – VCAS 3.0 offers a single set of subscriber entitlements interfaces and APIs to streamline operations for multi-network and multi-device services via its MultiRights technology.

Advanced client and services management – VCAS 3.0 enables operators to easily monitor and enforce client license rules on all client types under a unified content security head-end, including operational enhancements, such as complex blackout obligations; creative revenue enhancement models, such as channel or group e-credit and targeted cross-promotional messaging; and subscriber self-management capabilities, such as DVR setup from web and mobile interfaces.

Standard ViewRight chipset integrations – The processing power of today’s advanced set-top boxes shifts the advantages in favour of software-based security. Chipset security features are standard in the latest ViewRight client solutions and guarantee an even stronger and more secure integration with any client device. This covers aspects such as hardware-based secure boot, control word obfuscation, use of secure storage, HW crypto engines and tamper-proof unique hardware identifiers.

Client type configuration – Auto-configuration and client type management enables operators to more easily monitor, update and enforce client operational parameters across different categories of device types with varying capabilities. This enables operators to diversify the range of client devices supported within a single deployment umbrella whist ensuring that subscription and content pricing models can be independently managed as required.

VideoMark™ watermarking as standard feature – To anticipate studio demand, VideoMark forensic watermarking support will be included in all configurations of its VCAS 3.x server. VideoMark provides a layer of revenue security for content that extends beyond the digital delivery domain.

“VCAS 3.0 represents the evolving role of content security to more broadly support the ‘cash register’ at the heart of every pay-TV business,” said Bob Kulakowski, CTO of Verimatrix. “Today’s announcement, the first in a series, is focused on enabling pay-TV operators to take advantage of flexible file formats and rate adaptive delivery systems, and ultimately grow their subscriber base and add revenue streams.”