Taking a Moment to Celebrate: 500+ Customers, more than 20 Million Screens Protected
In 2006, Verimatrix celebrated surpassing its 1 millionth screen protected by our VCAS revenue security solutions, which was a significant milestone for our young, start-up company. Just this month, I am proud to say we hit another major milestone that reflects as much on the entire digital video industry, as it does on Verimatrix. We celebrated reaching 500+ pay-TV operator customers and securing more than 20 million screens. (For additional milestones, read about our global number one ranking in Content Protection/DRM in MRG’s IPTV Market Leader report – for 5 1/2 consecutive years!) A large part of our tremendous growth has been due to the pay-TV planets colliding. Back in 2006, virtually all of our customers were delivering green field IPTV services over managed networks. Fast forward six years, our heritage in IP-based security techniques has placed Verimatrix in the center of this collision.
Cable and satellite providers are taking advantage of IP networks for two-way communication – over both managed and unmanaged (OTT) networks. IPTV operators are also turning to Internet-based OTT video to enable a compelling multi-screen experience. And we are finding that increasingly even “pure play” OTT video providers need to meet the same content security requirements for premium video as the traditional operators do (see our latest white paper, Content Security Requirements for Multi-Screen Video Services.) Of course, there remain tens of thousands of analog operators that are still transitioning to digital (India’s Phase I digitization this year presents a wealth of opportunities.) Our cable and satellite (DVB) customer base increased 100% in 2011, and we’ve had a 500% growth in secure OTT video services. Based on feedback from customers, particularly our DVB customers, they feel more confident that our VCAS solutions will help them extend into multi-network, multi-screen video services more efficiently. Additional proof of our position in the market can be found in our 3-Dimensional Security approach, which we introduced more than three years ago: Flexible layers of protection techniques that address evolving business needs and revenue threats. In other words, any screen over any network to meet any threat. This clearly still rings true today. Since celebrating this milestone was so much fun, everyone is focused on reaching the next one!