Viaccess-Orca Joins Forces With Technicolor, Bringing New Security Features to the Android TV Environment

VO’s DRM and Secure VO Player Fully Comply With Android TV Input Framework, Simplifying STB Integration

Viaccess-Orca (VO), a global leader providing OTT and TV platforms, content protection, and advanced data solutions, announced today that it has teamed up with Technicolor to simplify the delivery of Android TV experiences. VO’s DRM solution and its secure VO Player have been integrated on Android TV set-top boxes (STBs) from Technicolor in full compliance with the TV Input Framework (TIF). By making the plug-in for its DRM available in the media DRM format, VO ensures seamless integration into Android TV platforms and minimizes complexity for STB device manufacturers.

“Pay-TV operators are increasingly embracing the Android TV environment because of how immersive and engaging it is,” said Gaëtan Delcroix, Vice President, Video Product Unit at Technicolor. “The open and defined approach that VO has taken with its DRM solution significantly decreases integration costs for device manufacturers, enabling us to focus efforts on system on chip specificities and better meet the global demand for Android TV experiences.”

VO’s DRM and secure VO Player solutions have been integrated on Technicolor Sapphire STBs featuring an Android operating system and Broadcom 7271 chipset. Through universal integration of its DRM on Android TV devices, VO allows for de facto support of the various Android TV apps and players, including the VO Player. By combining Technicolor STBs, VO DRM, and the VO Player, pay-TV operators gain a fully integrated Android TV solution that is easy to deploy and that provides the highest security levels for premium video content protection. Thanks to a security renewal feature on VO’s DRM solution, operators don’t need to worry about compromised devices.

As part of its open approach to content security, VO provides its reference application code to all ecosystem partners.

Technicolor is leading the Android TV market worldwide. Technicolor STBs are certified for Android TV distribution with full DVB extensions, addressing both telco operators and broadcasters’ requirements.

“Thanks to this new partnership, operators can now take advantage of VO’s extensive portfolio of security services, such as digital rights management and security renewal, on Technicolor Android TV STBs,” said Chem Assayag, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Viaccess-Orca. “The end result is that viewers around the world can enjoy premium video content from Hollywood studios they desire on Android TV.”

At CES 2019, Jan. 8-11, in Las Vegas, VO and Technicolor will demonstrate a Technicolor Sapphire STB integrated with Android TV and VO’s DRM in Technicolor suites 30-315 and 30-317 at The Venetian.

Viaccess-Orca Selected by Guigo TV in Brazil to Power Its Live OTT Service

VO’s Cloud TV Platform, DRM, and App Solutions Ensure Secure Delivery of Live Content, Including Sports Events

Viaccess-Orca (VO), a global leader providing OTT and TV platforms, content protection, and advanced data solutions, announced today that Brazil’s Guigo TV is launching a new OTT offering powered by VO’s TVaaS cloud-based TV platform, VO’s DRM solution, and VO’s applications. Using VO’s end-to-end, fully managed, and cloud-based TV service solution, Guigo TV can securely deliver live channels, including ethnic, finance, kids, fashion, and sports content, to subscribers on every screen.

“As the operator of Brazil’s first and only OTT subscription service with live television channels, we are setting a new precedent for superior TV Everywhere experiences,” said Renato Svirsky, Director at Guigo TV. “We chose VO’s end-to-end TV platform because it is flexible and cost-effective, speeding up the time to market for our new service. Hosting our offering on the cloud will allow us to seamlessly add features in the future, as we continue to enhance the streaming experience for customers.”

VO’s TVaaS platform provides Guigo TV with a complete solution for secure OTT delivery, including applications for smartphones, tablets, and computers. Being a fully managed and cloud-based video service delivery platform, TVaaS will allow Guigo TV to quickly monetize its new OTT service and provide the highest protection for its content offering.

“Guigo TV’s OTT service is raising the bar for streaming experiences in Brazil, and we are excited to play a pivotal role in this project,” said Carlos Ramos, Vice President of Sales, Americas, at Viaccess-Orca. “Our cloud TV platform, DRM, and app solutions not only streamline OTT content delivery, they make premium content more accessible to viewers, providing operators with the foundation for a successful streaming service.”

Viaccess-Orca and SoftAtHome Demonstrate End-to-End Addressable TV Solution

Best-of-Breed Solution Brings Data-Enabled Advertising to the TV Screen In Accordance With GDPR Regulations

At IBC2018, Viaccess-Orca (VO), a global leader providing OTT and TV platforms, content protection, and advanced data solutions, and SoftAtHome, the technology company dedicated to the digital home, will jointly demonstrate an end-to-end, best-of-breed solution for addressable TV with their partner Viznet. The preintegrated solution enables household targeting on operator-controlled devices, including frame-accurate Dynamic Ad Insertion (DAI) on set-top boxes (STBs) for linear multicast and on-demand TV.

“With TV advertising revenues being challenged by digital advertising, channels see addressable TV as a new growth opportunity. For this opportunity to come to fruition, operators must offer notably granular audience segmentation capabilities across their footprints. However, subscribers’ data privacy and security must be a top priority, especially in the wake of EU’s stringent General Data Privacy Regulation, or GDPR,” said Alain Nochimowski, Executive Vice President of Innovation at Viaccess-Orca. “VO is proud to contribute its proven, hands-on data science and security expertise to help operators extract cross-screen TV audience insights and pave the way to innovative data-enabled TV advertising models.”

The addressable TV solution integrates VO’s audience management capabilities, which pushes the envelope for the enrichment of TV viewership data beyond the requirements of TV business analytics (namely, content promotion, upselling, or churn detection) to fuel the programmatic advertising value chain with unique AI-extracted insights.

The SoftAtHome DAI solution for STBs provides the core technology enablers to implement simultaneous targeted ad insertion for millions of households, including frame-accurate ad insertion on live and on-demand content. With its Eyes’ON TV-ad audience measurement solution, SoftAtHome also delivers an advanced tracking solution to monitor and monetize inserted ads.

“The ability to provide a frame-accurate dynamic ad insertion technology to meet the demanding requirements of TV services providers — notably in terms of user experience and service scalability both for linear and on-demand content — will be key to the success of addressable TV,” said David Souhami, Marketing Director, Innovation and STB, at SoftAtHome. “The TV industry, including content owners, has recognized the unique benefits of our DAI and audience-metering solutions, already being tested by leading European TV operators.”

Viznet brings to the table its combined advertising and TV industry expertise, providing technology solutions to facilitate ad decisioning and bridge the programmatic ad world with the TV world, enabling players to access substantial addressable TV revenue opportunities.

“Addressable TV is an amazing opportunity for TV channels and advertisers while improving ad relevancy for users,” said Stephane Bismuth, Co-founder and Co-CEO at Viznet. “By working together with VO and SoftAtHome to create a world-class targeted advertising solution, we are helping all players to benefit from this fast-growing market.”

The addressable TV solution will be demonstrated at IBC2018, Sept. 14-18 in Amsterdam on both VO Stand 1.A51 and SoftAtHome Stand 1.C29. Those wishing to view the demo may request a meeting at https://www.viaccess-orca.com/what-s-new/events/ibc-2018.

Wibox Launches Android TV 4K Offer on STB Secured by Viaccess-Orca

Best-of-Breed Solution Includes Viaccess-Orca VO DRM, Sagemcom STB, and TV Apps From DotScreen

Viaccess-Orca (VO), a global leader providing OTT and TV platforms, content protection, and advanced data solutions, announced today that French internet service provider Wibox has launched a triple play offer on Android TV 4K set-top box (STB) secured by tier-1-class VO DRM solution. Manufactured by Sagemcom, the STB will enable FTTH subscribers to access a large library of 4K programming including live, VOD, and recorded content, through IPTV and OTT networks protected by VO, and TV apps and services for optimal user experience provided by DotScreen.

“For our new 4K IPTV service, it was critical that we build a flexible and well-protected STB solution,” said Mathieu Gourraud, Technical Director at Wibox. “With content security provided by VO, connected TV apps by DotScreen, and the STB platform made by Sagemcom, we have a best-of-breed, integrated solution that is completely secure and easy to launch.”

Wibox has deployed the VO DRM solution for 4K content with VO’s unified backend for CAS and DRM, providing the operator with a simple architecture and common multicast streams. Additionally, the VO solution is ready for OTT deployment on open devices including multi-DRM support for FairPlay, Widevine, and PlayReady.

“Our DRM solution has passed the stringent requirements of Cartesian’s Farncombe Security Audit and complies with MovieLabs’ specifications for IPTV 4K premium content,” said

Pierre-Alexandre Bidard, Vice President of Marketing Product Security and Partnership at Viaccess-Orca. “Working with our partners DotScreen and Sagemcom, we helped Wibox launch its new Android TV 4K offering in less than eight months, which is a superfast timeframe in the traditional service provider market. By keeping its 4K content secure, our VO DRM solution will allow Wibox to monetize its new service rapidly.”

VO will demonstrate Wibox’s Android STB at IBC2018, Sept. 14-18 in Amsterdam at stand 1.A51. More information about VO’s DRM solutions can be found at www.viaccess-orca.com.

Viaccess-Orca Releases Detailed Analysis of Illegal Streaming During the 2018 Football Tournament in Russia

Viaccess-Orca (VO), a global leader providing OTT and TV platforms, content protection, and advanced data solutions, has released a series of reports that detail facts on global illegal streaming during the recent football tournament in Russia and how effective the company’s anti-piracy services were in detecting and stopping those streams. Three in-depth reports gathered into one global analysis are available on the VO website, providing detailed facts and figures about the number of illegal streams, host domains, links and more.

The analysis, assembled by VO, is based on an extensive anti-piracy campaign led by the company in June and July 2018. Over the course of 32 days, VO’s anti-piracy services monitored a selection of group-phase football matches and all final phase matches to assess content piracy in real time. As part of its 360-degree security services, VO partnered with LeakID to track, fight, and dereference links for illegal streaming sites.

VO’s analysis identified several important trends and details about the piracy landscape, including:

  • The total number of piracy links detected during the football championship game was 40,713.
  • Social media played a critical role in piracy during the tournament, with a total of 14,615 links for the three most popular social media networks, representing 41,371,139 viewers.

The analysis breaks down audience measurement figures by country for each monitored football match across different platforms. It also examines the role and responsibility of various players in the fight against illegal streaming including rights owners, consumers, content distributors, ISPs, platforms, ad servers, and payment providers. In addition to providing analysis regarding illegal streaming during this major sport event, the reports include interviews with key industry stakeholders.

VO’s anti-piracy services empower operators to combat illegal streaming on the web, whether premium content is distributed via networks, portals, social networks, plugins, or OTT STBs. Through agreements with user-generated content sites, search engines, and social networks, including YouTube, Google, and Facebook, VO’s services enable operators to remove illegal links within minutes. In addition, VO’s anti-piracy services collect legally relevant documentation to strengthen the fight against piracy.

“The number of illegal streaming networks is growing, and this is an issue that needs to be dealt with urgently,” said Christine Maury Panis, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Security, at Viaccess-Orca. “Creating awareness about the end-to-end chain and sharing it with public stakeholders is important, so that each player has a deep view on the overall landscape and the part it can play in absolving this problem. We hope that these reports provide clarity about the reality of illegal streaming and show how operators can deter it with intelligent anti-piracy services.”

An infographic outlining the findings can be downloaded here.

VO will demonstrate its anti-piracy services at IBC2018, Sept. 14-18 in Amsterdam at stand 1.A51. Request a meeting here https://www.viaccess-orca.com/what-s-new/events/ibc-2018.

Andorra Telecom to Expand IPTV Offering With Viaccess-Orca

VO’s TV Platform and DRM Solutions Will Enable Secure Delivery of Live VOD, Catch-up TV, Start-Over TV, and NPVR

Viaccess-Orca (VO), a global leader providing OTT and TV platforms, content protection, and advanced data solutions, announced today that Andorra Telecom, the leading telecom operator in the Principality of Andorra, will expand the footprint of its IPTV service and launch a renewed, state-of-the-art next-gen TV offering using VO’s TV Platform and DRM solutions. VO’s solutions will enable Andorra Telecom to securely deliver live and VOD content including advanced services such as live VOD, catch-up TV, start-over TV, and NPVR to subscribers in multiple places.

“Video consumption is changing, and our goal is to keep our consumers engaged with best-of-breed services. At the same time, we will also expand our IPTV capabilities outside of the Andorran territory and reach potential customers connected to FTTH networks belonging to our partners,” said Alberto Sáenz de Ugarte, CTIO at Andorra Telecom. “We have used Viaccess-Orca’s TV Platform for several years to manage our IPTV services and were impressed by the way it simplifies orchestration and monetization. Upgrading the TV Platform and adding VO DRM to the mix will streamline the launch of our new services and extension to foreign territories.”

VO’s next-generation TV platform will boost content personalization and engagement for Andorra Telecom’s IPTV service. In addition, it will enable Andorra Telecom to efficiently manage subscribers and content delivery to all countries from a single platform, thus reducing costs. Using the VO’s DRM solutions, Andorra Telecom can securely distribute premium content on any device and in any delivery format. VO DRM solutions are flexible and scalable, speeding up new service launches.

VO will also provide Andorra Telecom with system integration and professional services, to ensure smooth deployment for the next phases of its IPTV offerings.

“After supporting Andorra Telecom’s IPTV service for several years, we are excited to take part in this service expansion project,” said Paul Molinier, CEO, Viaccess-Orca. “Our TV Platform and DRM solutions provide a strong foundation for Andorra Telecom’s future offerings, enabling the operator to manage the whole spectrum of TV services in a unified and streamlined way. Used by millions of consumers around the world, Connected Sentinel will provide high availability and performance while helping Andorra Telecom to meet the growing demand for multi-screen services.”

Meet VO at IBC2018 and discover the latest solutions at stand 1.A51: https://www.viaccess-orca.com/what-s-new/events/ibc-2018.

More information about VO’s TV Platform and DRM solutions can be found at www.viaccess-orca.com.

 

iKO Media Group Strengthens Service Offering With Viaccess-Orca CAS Solution

Viaccess-Orca (VO), a global leader providing OTT and TV platforms, content protection, and advanced data analytics solutions, announced today that iKO Media Group (iKOMG), a global end-to-end service provider for broadcasters and content owners, has deployed VO’s Conditional Access System (CAS) in its Rome-based teleport. A leading content provider and customer of iKOMG is relying on VO’s CAS to deliver its new content distribution offering securely.

“As a dedicated provider of broadcast and content distribution services, we strive to offer cost-effective, reliable solutions to our customers,” said Yaniv Maman, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering at iKOMG. “VO’s CAS solution is trusted by operators around the world and simple to deploy, guaranteeing a quick ROI for content providers relying on our services. Based on this successful deployment, we anticipate further growth with more TV channels using the VO CAS platform in the future.”

VO’s CAS solution supports simultaneous use of both card and cardless technologies on the same headend and on the terminal, offering content providers optimal flexibility. Based on the highest standards of chipset and smartcard security, the VO CAS solution is preintegrated with a large variety of chipsets and STB manufacturers to ensure a smooth and fast deployment.

“iKOMG has an impressive ground station comprising more than 20 satellite dishes for reception and transmission,” said Chem Assayag, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Sales, at Viaccess-Orca. “We’re thrilled to help iKOMG customers meet the strict security requirements for premium content with our highly flexible and reliable CAS solution, which is well-known in the industry for facilitating fast and cost-effective new service launches.”

Meet VO at IBC2018 and discover the latest solutions on Stand 1.A51: https://www.viaccess-orca.com/what-s-new/events/ibc-2018.

More information about VO and the company’s solutions is at www.viaccess-orca.com.

Viaccess-Orca Connected Sentinel DRM Solution Completes Cartesian’s Farncombe Security Audit™

Viaccess-Orca (VO), a global leader providing OTT and TV platforms, content protection, and advanced data solutions, announced today that its Connected Sentinel DRM solution has completed a rigorous review by Cartesian, an independent consultancy company for the communications and digital media industries. Cartesian’s Farncombe Security Audit™ reviews the requirements of security solutions to determine whether they meet the complex needs of IPTV, based on security architecture, keys generation and usage, content security, cryptographic algorithms, design, and operation environment.

 

“We have assessed the compliance of Connected Sentinel DRM against MovieLabs specifications for IPTV 4K premium content required by content and rights owners,” said Brian Paxton, Head of Security Consulting at Cartesian. “Going through the demanding process of the Farncombe Security Audit demonstrates Viaccess-Orca’s commitment to developing robust solutions that answer the challenges facing content owners and providers.”

Viaccess-Orca’s Connected Sentinel DRM solution allows pay-TV operators and broadcasters to securely deliver premium VOD, live and recorded content to any screen including Android™, iOS®, and PC devices. Connected Sentinel includes VO’s proprietary DRM and a multi-DRM backend platform and is currently in use by more than 30 leading operators around the world and successfully deployed on 4K STBs for IPTV and OTT ecosystem offerings.

“Cartesian has been carrying out security reviews for over 15 years and is highly trusted within the industry for its assessments,” said Pierre-Alexandre Bidard, Vice President of Partnership and Marketing Products at Viaccess-Orca. “The Cartesian assessment reinforces that our Connected Sentinel DRM solution acts in accordance with industry standards, providing secure, end-to-end chains for UHD security in a variety of distribution environments.”

Content owners interested in learning more about the results of the Farncombe Security Audit for Connected Sentinel can request further information from Viaccess-Orca.

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The latest data from Juniper Research found that global OTT revenues will reach $120 billion in 2022, up from $64 billion in 2017. The research also estimates that over a quarter of global households will subscribe to SVOD services by 2022. As pay-TV operators look to address the growing consumer demand for TV Everywhere services and drive new revenue, several innovative technologies have emerged to help them achieve those goals in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible.

 

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