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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Viaccess-Orca, Wiztivi, and EKT Join Forces to Introduce Cross-Platform OTT and IPTV Solution

Viaccess-Orca (VO), a global leader providing OTT and TV platforms, content protection, and advanced data solutions; Wiztivi, a leading company for multiscreen user interfaces (UI); and EKT, a company that specializes in the design and manufacture of set-top box solutions, have joined forces to create an end-to-end (E2E) OTT multiscreen and IPTV solution for pay-TV operators and service providers.

“It is challenging to deliver content to a growing number of connected devices over different delivery networks. On top of it all, today’s pay-TV operators must also provide an exceptional user experience to stand apart from the competition,” said Chem Assayag, EVP Marketing and Sales at Viaccess-Orca. “Partnering with Wiztivi and EKT, we’ve simplified the management and delivery of next-generation OTT and IPTV services, enabling pay-TV operators to drive new revenue streams and increase viewer satisfaction by making the TV experience feature-rich, personalized, and consistent across screens.”

The joint multiplatform and multiscreen TV and DVB hybrid solution enables operators to dramatically speed up the time-to-market for services and meet next-generation user experience expectations. Seamless integration has been achieved between VO’s TV Platform, on premise and cloud; Wiztivi TIMELESSUI® cross-platform UI solution; and EKT Solid TV STB solutions. Stringent deployment timelines can be easily attained through a combination of VO’s TV Platform and TIMELESSUI portability to virtually any targeted environment, including iOS®, Android™, and EKT STB. Portability guarantees the same user interface and user experience across devices including smartphones, tablets, PCs, STBs, and connected TVs.

Viaccess-Orca’s TV Platform delivers TV services to any device across any network, enabling operators to manage, deliver, and monetize multiscreen content easily. The TV Platform includes functionalities for content, service delivery, customer, and device management; content discovery and personalization; content protection; and advanced TV analytics. VO’s TV Platform can be deployed on premise or in the cloud.

“As the video services market evolves toward video consumption anywhere and anytime, the rise of OTT services presents an opportunity for pay-TV operators and service providers to enhance their value proposition and for content distributors to increase their revenue,” said Manuel Dujardin, CTO at Wiztivi. “We are proud of this partnership, which showcases how agnostic Wiztivi’s technology is with VO’s cloud platform, enabling a quick time-to-market for IPTV and OTT offerings on a modular UI portal increasing ARPU.”

Combining the power of IPTV/OTT and existing DVB infrastructures into a single STB platform, EKT’s solidTV STB enables operators to meet the television requirements of today and tomorrow. Based on Linux and Android, EKT’s STB is well suited for every market segment, delivering an unmatched user experience with minimal investment.

“We strongly believe in a solid partnership that brings the experts together in one seamless integrated solution,” said Richard Smith, CEO of EKT. “Viaccess-Orca, Wiztivi, and EKT have made a three-way commitment to bring a ready-to-deploy solution to market. This best-in-class combination improves time to market, user experience, and monetization possibilities with a future-proof feature list.”

The new solution will be demonstrated at ANGA COM 2018 at the Wiztivi Booth L61 in Hall 8.

Global Technology Group to Launch OTT Streaming Service Powered by SaaS Solutions From Harmonic and Viaccess-Orca

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), the worldwide leader in OTT video delivery solutions, and Viaccess-Orca, a global leader providing OTT and TV platforms, content protection, and advanced data solutions, announced today that Global Technology Group, a leading telecommunications operator in Myanmar, is launching an OTT service called La La Kyi powered by Harmonic’s VOS™ 360 media processing SaaS and Viaccess-Orca’s TVaaS cloud-based TV platform. Designed to speed up the time to market for OTT services, the end-to-end, fully managed cloud-based TV service solution will enable Global Technology Group to deliver high-quality live and VOD content on any screen with unique user experience.

“Providing TV Everywhere services is becoming an absolute necessity for operators that want to stay competitive,” said Prasert Laosaengpha, Chief Technology Officer at Global Technology Group. “We chose Harmonic and Viaccess-Orca’s end-to-end managed cloud-based media service platform to reduce our infrastructure costs and allow us to move fast, in terms of getting our new OTT service off the ground and adding new features in the future. We’re excited to offer subscribers a large portfolio of local content on TVs, smartphones, and tablets to compete with the major players.”

Harmonic and Viaccess-Orca will manage Global Technology Group’s media processing and distribution workflow via the cloud, ensuring increased business agility, scalability, and operational efficiency. With a fully managed and operated cloud-based video service delivery platform, Global Technology Group can optimize the monetization of its new OTT service, focusing on building an exclusive content library and marketing campaign.

Since both Harmonic VOS 360 media processing SaaS and Viaccess-Orca’s TVaaS offer a usage-based pricing model, no infrastructure will be required on-premises at Global Technology Group. Through the use of data and analytics, Viaccess-Orca’s TVaaS platform will help drive better video experiences for the operator’s OTT customers and also provide best-in-class security and extensive DRM support for any device. VOS 360 is highly scalable and elastic which allows Global Technology Group to support additional new services or peak events in the future and to instantaneously deploy them.

“The dynamic pay-TV industry, with an increasingly global audience, is asking for original and premium video content across all devices,” said Tony Berthaud, Vice President of Sales, APAC, at Harmonic. “Software-as-a-service is the best approach for new players in the OTT environment because it provides workflow simplicity, a fast time to market, and a usage-based pricing model. We’re thrilled to help Global Technology Group deliver live and on-demand content with superior video quality, ensuring an unrivalled user experience.”

“This deployment further strengthens our OTT deployment expertise in the APAC region,” said Chem Assayag, EVP Marketing and Sales at Viaccess-Orca. “Thanks to our solid partnership with Harmonic, the market leader in OTT video delivery, we’re able to offer customers like Global Technology Group a comprehensive solution for service delivery that will enable monetization in the multiscreen environment right away.”

 

Orange Moldova Launches New TV Offering With Viaccess-Orca Adaptive Sentinel CAS

Viaccess-Orca, a global leader providing OTT and TV platforms, content protection, and advanced data solutions, announced today that Orange Moldova has launched a new convergent TV offering (TV + Internet + mobile) using Viaccess-Orca’s Adaptive Sentinel Conditional Access System (CAS) along with set-top boxes (STBs) from Hi-Global Technology and CI+ modules from Neotion. Following the recent acquisition of Moldova’s leading cable operator, Sun Communications, Orange needed a cost-effective and streamlined way to expand its service portfolio to include fixed internet and pay-TV subscriptions. Viaccess-Orca’s Adaptive Sentinel CAS fulfills those requirements, ensuring secure distribution and a fast time-to-market for Orange Moldova’s new unified TV offering.

“Our goal with acquiring Sun Communications was to offer our customers more than just mobile services. Since launching our new converged TV service, our mobile customers have access to our offering of 171 channels, 26 of which are in HD,” said Ludmila Nistorica, Chief Marketing Officer at Orange Moldova. “Working with Viaccess-Orca and our CPE partners greatly expedited this process, helping us to quickly enter the pay-TV market and launch innovative new services, including convergent offerings, for an unmatched user experience. Ultimately, this partnership strengthens our leadership in the market.”

Viaccess-Orca’s Adaptive Sentinel CAS supports the simultaneous use of both card and cardless technologies on the same head-end and on the terminal side, providing Orange Moldova with a truly unified solution. Cardless security enables fast and cost-effective launch of new services, giving Orange Moldova the flexibility and dynamicity to manage their subscriber base, while allowing seamless transition to card-based technologies to expand services and security. Based on the highest standards of chipset and smartcard security, Adaptive Sentinel is pre-integrated with Hi-Global Technology middleware, further speeding up time-to-market for next-gen TV offerings.

“As the only seamless end-to-end card and cardless CAS solution on the market, Adaptive Sentinel is the best choice for Orange Moldova, in terms of guaranteeing high flexibility, short time-to-market, and ROI,” said Chem Assayag, EVP Marketing & Sales at Viaccess-Orca. “Our CAS solution, combined with Hi-Global Technology’s STB and Neotion CI+ module, puts Orange Moldova in a great position to increase their subscriber base and profitability, while meeting the strict security requirements for premium content.”

 

Viaccess-Orca Joins Forces With Rambus to Strengthen Security in TVs and Set-Top Boxes

Viaccess-Orca, a global leader in the protection and monetization of content, announced today that it has collaborated with Rambus Inc., a leader in digital security, services, semiconductor, and IP products, to strengthen its VO Shield Root of Trust (RoT) solution for dynamic, best-in-class security. The CryptoMedia Content Protection Core from Rambus complements VO Shield by enabling a hardware RoT to be embedded directly in the multimedia chipset of devices, including TVs and set-top boxes (STBs). VO Shield is a hardware-based security function embedded inside the VO Sentinel solution and dedicated to fighting control word sharing and chipset breaching. Providing pay-TV operators with a robust content protection solution, Viaccess-Orca enables highly secure and cost-effective delivery of IPTV and OTT services, as well as traditional broadcast.

“This collaboration will be a cutting-edge response to the compromises that exist in hardware devices used to watch pay-TV services,” said Bret Sewell, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Rambus Security Division. “By adding our CryptoMedia Content Security Platform and Protection Core to its VO Shield solution, Viaccess-Orca will set a new standard for content security. We look forward to building on this collaboration and reaching new heights in content protection.”

With VO Shield, operators can upgrade security by adding hardware-dedicated algorithms inside the chipset, strengthening the fight against chipset piracy. VO Shield can be modified after deployment, allowing ultimate flexibility and seamless implementation. Combined with the company’s security technology Viaccess-Orca Secure Environment (VSE), which leverages the latest chipset technologies such as Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) and security co-processors, Viaccess-Orca Shield allows operators to successfully meet the strict security requirements for delivering premium content, including 4K.

The Rambus CryptoMedia Content Protection Core is a separate, on-chip security block that protects and stores cryptographic keys and computations from attacks. The core is extremely resistant to a wide range of sophisticated attacks, including side-channel attacks, while providing the flexibility to integrate with Viaccess-Orca CAS or DRM solutions.

“We have been investigating several tracks in the silicon domain to strengthen our security offering, and Rambus provides best-in-class technology to protect against hardware compromises,” said Cédric Hardouin, Executive Vice President R&D at Viaccess-Orca. “With CryptoMedia Content Protection Core already available in the chipsets of main silicon vendors, and roll-outs with Tier 1 operators expected to take place before the end of this year, Rambus offers a proven approach that greatly benefits our customers as they look to provide a superior and more secure content experience.”