The rollout of IPTV systems offers infinite promise for an expanding world of consumer entertainment and programming choices coupled with new interactive capabilities. However, the very technologies that make IPTV possible also pose a threat to the business model that underpins such services. Sophisticated content piracy and widespread broadband Internet access are a legitimate concern to the owners of valuable content. It is of the utmost importance to the success of the IPTV industry that robust security technology can be deployed in such systems to eliminate theft of service and subscriber fraud.
The Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS™) offers an advanced suite of technologies that address content security challenges for the networks of today, and those of the future. Traditional conditional access systems are architected around one-way communications, while Verimatrix has designed its solutions from the ground up using the power and elegance of modern two-way IP infrastructure. Cryptographic and e-commerce technologies proven on the Internet enable VCAS to offer a more sophisticated level of content protection than traditional smart card-based systems, which are vulnerable to sophisticated attack and cloning techniques.
In the VCAS for IPTV software-based content security solution, Verimatrix eliminates the vulnerabilities related to smart card based architectures through the leverage of mature, proven two-way Internet security protocols, a Public Key Infrastructure public/private key pair system and X.509 digital certificates. A downloadable security system for IPTV clients is not only more secure, it enables less expensive set-top box or client device hardware and renewable security software can be updated as required to combat piracy attacks. VCAS enables complete transparency for legitimate content consumption while significantly raising the level of protection against content piracy.
VCAS for IPTV is also available for Hospitality applications through a cost-optimized VCAS for Hospitality IPTV Appliance. Moreover, VCAS for IPTV supports secure Wholesale-Retail content distribution, enabling a centralized, hosted service with local retailer control options, for both broadcast and on-demand content.
VCAS security has been approved by all major studios for protection of premium content as well as by all the major broadcasters. The VCAS security architecture has received very favorable results in independent audits and is the approved security choice in pay-TV operator deployments on a worldwide basis. As the global leader in software-based security, VCAS offers flexibility in choice of client devices, broad middleware interoperability and proven scalability.