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October 10, 2014

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At SCTE’s Cable Tec Expo in Denver last month, I had the pleasure of presenting a session on "Navigating the Transition to All IP Video Delivery” as part of a workshop on the DRM Evolution – What it Means to You. 

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March 15, 2012

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We kicked off our series with some general observation on digital TV security and then explored the benefits of a smart card-based security system vs. a cardless system, but what does all of it mean for the average Indian cable operator?

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December 9, 2011

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In June, I wrote about the early release window (ERW) experiment, and the great debate surrounding the viability of premium Video on Demand (VoD) content.  With the end of 2011 drawing near, now is good a time to review the year’s development on that topic.

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June 6, 2011

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Last week, we posted answers to several of the follow up questions that were generated during our recent Light Reading webinar on Multiplatform Content Protection: How to Secure Content Everywhere. Below are even more answers to questions with themes that pervaded multiple questions and comments during the session.

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June 8, 2010

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As we head into summer, Internet TV remains a hot topic among network operators.  Over the next few weeks, we will explore the OTT opportunity, the challenges associated with Internet TV services, and how we think the adoption of more open standards can help bridge the gap between those challenges and opportunities. Read Post #1 The Latest OTT Opportunity: Connected TV here.

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May 8, 2010

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Comcast Media Center has just announced its new fiber-based solution to more efficiently deliver a complete wholesale programming lineup to cable MSOs and its HITS affiliates. Why is this such a big deal? Our assessment is that the new platform is one facet of a seismic shift in the cable industry that has been long dominated by few technology choices and closed ecosystems.

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April 27, 2010

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Reflecting on the pulse at NAB this year, over the top (OTT) service delivery models were definitely in the spotlight. (We contributed to the buzz with our own OTT demonstration at our booth – check out the video) The conversations were far removed from the hype that has been elsewhere, but rather focused on how service providers can capitalize on advanced OTT technologies to enable new streams of business. 

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October 21, 2009

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Traditional pay-TV operators have always been highly focused on revenue security by way of theft of service prevention – for two main reasons. Subscriber fees are obviously a significant revenue source and piracy through theft of service is very prevalent, particularly in certain markets CASBAA for country-specific piracy rates). Smart cards were really the only solution available back in the one-way broadcast days and content protection was certainly a secondary objective.  Compare that with IPTV operators.