VCAS Platform and Architecture
The Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS™) provides the tools and support digital TV operators require in order to address the new opportunities arising from the accelerating convergence of video delivery over various types of networks - whether managed or unmanaged - to a multitude of devices. This convergence must encompass a proactive revenue protection and enhancement approach that enables service operators to cast a much wider net with their service offerings. As a consequence, the central value proposition for the pay-TV enterprise shifts beyond that of traditional, single network content protection alone, towards the broader perspective of multi-network revenue security. Verimatrix helps operators turn these challenges into opportunities for growth by:
- Extending the operator brand and subscriber relationship beyond the living room.
- Addressing the competitive impact and opportunities of OTT and mobile video.
- Providing personalized choices and viewing models across all client devices.
- Enabling content monetization spanning multiple networks and geographies.
- Assuring subscriber loyalty, enhanced average revenue per user (ARPU), and new revenue streams via self-management services, innovative online applications, etc.
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VCAS – Deployment Versatility and Opportunities
VCAS is the realization of the Verimatrix 3-dimensional digital-TV security strategy, which extends beyond the legacy conditional access (CA) approach in order to protect pay-TV services delivered to any screen over any network while combating any threat. VCAS enables a number of network specific solutions built on a common platform with modular extensions per market segment. It implements a single security authority for multiple networks and devices, supporting various video and digital rights management (DRM) formats while providing a harmonized cross-network entitlement management, for these market segments:
- VCAS for IPTV, securing managed networks, including IP hybrid networks and receivers, further enhanced by secure Wholesale/Retail content distribution, and a Hospitality-optimized version.
- VCAS for Internet TV, providing enhanced HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) security for OTT services.
- VCAS for DVB, securing “one-way” broadcast networks (cable, satellite and terrestrial).
- Verimatrix MultiRights (multi-DRM support), currently Microsoft PlayReady and Marlin DRMs.
- VideoMark™ and StreamMark® user-specific forensic video watermarking.
VCAS is ideally suited for operators engaged in or planning:
- “Walled garden” IPTV and DVB services over managed networks: telco, satellite, cable, terrestrial, and hybrid combinations thereof.
- Hybrid services, extending linear DVB or IPTV services with IP-based on-demand services and vice versa
- Internet TV, OTT and mobile services implementing adaptive bitrate streaming protocols such as HLS, Smooth Streaming and MPEG-DASH.
- Wholesale-retail content distribution: a centralized, hosted service with local control options.
- Harmonized multi-screen rights management across heterogeneous networks and devices.
- Legacy CAS replacement with cardless security for all types of networks and devices.
Based on a highly modular system architecture and efficient form factor, VCAS is inherently cost effective for the smallest deployment while scaling easily to operations with millions of subscribers.
Uniquely, VCAS features domain-based entitlement management across VCAS and third-party DRMs (VCAS Super Domains), enforcing domain size or explicit device membership rules. Specifically, when content is entitled to a domain (as opposed to a device), it is automatically available to all the super domain’s devices, whether IPTV, DVB, HLS or third-party DRM clients managed under the MultiRights framework.
Thanks to a vast Verimatrix partner ecosystem, operators can choose from a wide variety of pre-integrated components, such as middleware/subscriber management systems (SMS) and video-on-demand (VOD) servers, and hundreds of receiver models, including DVB, IPTV and hybrid set-top boxes, Windows and Mac OS computing platforms, iOS and Android smart phones and tablets, smart TVs, and gaming consoles.