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Verimatrix: the content security threat has changed

Addressing a working breakfast hosted by ABOX42 at Anga Com in Cologne, Germany today, Verimartix president & CSMO Steve Oetegenn told attendees that the rapid change in TV viewing habits has forced a fundamental change in content security.

“What we want these days is a complete video service,” he said. “I want the same service in Europe as I get at home in the US. In future the lines will blur.”

Oetegenn explained that as broadcasters and operators move towards offering a “complete video service”, including IPTV and OTT, the security threat changes.

“It used to be about pirating smart cards. Now, everything is available for free on the internet. There are sites out there that let you watch anything, but it is illegal,” he explained. “ don’t bother cloning smart cards now, just hijack a high-quality stream and create their own pay TV service.”

He said the addition of streaming UHD content complicates things further. “The good news is, there is going to be plenty of content available soon. The flip side is that the owners have really tightened up on the security requirements for high value UHD content,” he said.

Multi-screening is also fraught with difficulties and presents dozens of potential security thrests, he explained. “If your customer is viewing your content via Google Chrome, then Google has a direct pathway to your customer.”

Creating a multi-DRM approach to this is difficult, Oetegenn said. “70% of operators that have tried to implement multi-DRM strategies have failed. It is much better to leave it to the professionals,” he joked.

With the constantly shifting ecosystem in video content delivery, Oetegenn explained that “security is more that just protecting content. It is about protecting instrumentation, interconnection and intelligence. As such, it needs to be treated as a program, not a project.”

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