Thought-provoking analysis on the direction of the pay-TV
and video delivery industries from The Verimatrix Team

Steve Christian
August 27, 2015

We have seen security technology move from hardware- to software-based systems. Like the rest of our lives, it is also becoming more and more connected. This is the right time for pay-TV operators to broaden the way think about security beyond merely protection, as connected platforms offer new challenges and opportunities.

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Petr Peterka
August 25, 2015

 

I just finished reading an excellent book titled Televisionaries and written by Marc Tayer, an industry trailblazer who previously served as the VP of Global Marketing at Motorola and has three decades of experience in the media and communication technology business.  Televisionaries is a fascinating walk through the history of digital television that details the evolution of the way people around the world access, select, consume and produce video content. 

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Rachel Ghadban
August 19, 2015

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Steve Christian
July 31, 2015

The connected car is one of the most heavily hyped sectors of the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) and the first to generate substantial revenues. The sector was already worth $29.7 billion in 2014 and is set to generate revenues of $131.9 billion by 2019 according to a report published by Transparency Market Research, which is fairly typical of analyst forecasts. Such impressive numbers reflect all aspects of the field embracing both consumer components like infotainment and commercial applications such as fleet management. The projected growth will come through both expansion of connected car services to mainstream vehicles from the luxury sector to which it is mostly confined at present and also extension into other areas around real time navigation, sophisticated infotainment and safety or control systems. Given all the potential for exposure of both critical systems and data to malicious access or tampering, it is hardly surprising that security concerns are rising rapidly up the agenda.

 

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Petr Peterka
July 7, 2015

The arrival of UHD video services will intensify the arms race with content pirates, with many pirates working diligently to capture premium video and redistribute over the Internet. It coincides with the proliferation of high quality OTT video services, highlighting how broadband is now capable of sustaining the bit rates needed for UHD.

This is why MovieLabs came out in September 2013 with a specific mandate for protecting its members’ content over UHD services.  These specifications were also updated in 2015.

 

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Pierre Hunter
July 1, 2015

Danish pay TV operator Stofa has made the transition from a traditional cable operator to one offering state-of-the-art OTT services to multiple devices using a single security solution from Verimatrix. By deploying the Verimatrix VCAS™ for Internet TV solution, Stofa has been able to gain maximum flexibility to respond to market demand and competitive conditions without compromising revenue security.

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Steve Christian
June 30, 2015

Energy utilities are early movers in the home Internet of Things (IoT) market - especially in the European market place - with British Gas in the UK among the innovation leaders through its Hive Smart Thermostat launched in September 2013. Hive comes in three parts, a control unit to modulate the boiler, a wireless thermostat and a hub connecting to the existing broadband Wi-Fi enabled router. However, this is really just the tip of the iceberg, since the stated intention is to expand from this base to many other IoT applications in the home – including security monitoring and intelligent domestic appliances.

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Steve Christian
June 1, 2015

The benefits of cloud technologies are now clearly demonstrated across a range of industry sectors, most recently in broadcasting and pay TV. Without a doubt companies are yielding infrastructure cost savings and ubiquitous access to content, as well as accelerating deployment of new services. But it has also become apparent that the cloud is not optimal for a range of emerging applications around the Internet of Things (IoT), especially in the home, because it is not fast enough.

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Alan Breznick
May 22, 2015

The bloom is most definitely off the rose for Ultra HD (UHD) video. That much became abundantly clear during the Multi-network Solutions in the Real World Form hosted by Verimatrix and co-sponsored by Elemental Technologies at NAB last month. In a lively panel discussion that I moderated, the five speakers distilled, delved into and debated the key issues surrounding the development and deployment of UHD technology by video service and content providers.

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Steve Oetegenn
May 5, 2015

As the march to multiscreen gathers pace, the whole pay TV industry faces a great challenge in bringing premium content securely to connected devices such that rights holders are satisfied their assets are as safe as possible. 

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Steve Oetegenn
April 21, 2015

For pay-TV operators the challenge lies not so much in the overall volume but the associated increase in the number of different DRMs they have to address.

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