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technology and piracy developments in the industry are changing perceptions of cardless security

Verimatrix-Sponsored Paper Highlights Key Trends in Approach and Costs to Video Security and Shifting Attitudes as Threats to Revenue Streams Evolve

· How operators can benefit from using cardless CA on one-way networks
· Cardless solutions can lower the total cost of ownership for operators
· Advances in STB SoC devices and software security are changing the market

London and San Diego, 23rd Oct. 2012 – Farncombe, a leading specialist provider of Digital TV technology consultancy, today released its latest white paper, on “The Future of Cardless Broadcast Security.” This takes an in-depth looks at the trends in technology and cost models that are driving operator requirements for video security in a rapidly-evolving marketplace.

Highlights of the findings include:
· For some operators, there can be real benefits in adopting cardless solutions on one-way networks.
· The total cost of ownership (TCO) for cardless security solutions can, in many cases, provide a distinct advantage for broadcast operators.
· Rapid advances in both the technology of set-top box System on Chip (SoC) devices and the techniques to secure the software that runs on the SoCs are creating highly credible options for broadcast deployments.

The white paper, sponsored by Verimatrix, the specialist in securing and enhancing revenue for multi-screen digital TV services around the globe, also incorporates complementary results from Farncombe’s Security and Piracy Survey conducted in Q3 2012. This polled a panel of more than 200 industry experts including broadcasters, content owners, pay-TV operators, middleware/security vendors and device manufacturers, along with an independent assessment of how operators regard evolving threats to their business.

For example, 90 percent of respondents believe that cardless conditional access (CA) offers advantages in logistics management and the cost of rollout. Overall, the industry believes the piracy threat in increasingly broadband-connected populations will shift from today’s direct attacks on broadcast security systems to Internet redistribution of content streams in the next five years.
The white paper also analyses the TCO of card-based and cardless CA for pay-DTH operators and the impact of potential piracy attacks. It contains observations on how market changes are affecting the nature of piracy threats, and the rise of content redistribution as a specific threat, as well as including a checklist for operators considering buying cardless solutions especially when planning to roll out multi-screen services.

“This paper is an important commentary on how technology and piracy developments in the industry are changing perceptions of cardless security systems and their suitability within one-way broadcast networks,” stated Andrew Glasspool, managing partner at Farncombe and one of the authors of the white paper. “The shifts we are seeing in broadcast security, taken in conjunction with the rapid evolution of hybrid network services, illustrate how rapidly companies must evolve to protect pay-TV revenue streams.”

To receive your copy of the white paper, please register at or visit the Verimatrix website at

About Farncombe
Farncombe is a leading provider of specialist strategy, technology consultancy and engineering services to the digital TV industry, with a global reputation in the content security field. With offices in the UK, France and Germany, Farncombe’s roster of clients includes many of the world’s leading broadcasters, platform operators, telecom operators, hardware and software technology providers as well as government and regulatory bodies, private equity companies and other industry stakeholders. Farncombe’s Security Practice is an internationally recognised advisor to pay-TV and connected TV players, providing security audits, a security monitoring service and consulting. For further information visit, or register to receive news updates and White Papers at

About Verimatrix
Verimatrix specializes in securing and enhancing revenue for multi-screen digital TV services around the globe. The award-winning and independently audited Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS™) and ViewRight® solutions offer an innovative approach for cable, satellite, terrestrial and IPTV operators to cost-effectively extend their networks and enable new business models. As the recognized leader in software-based security solutions for premier service providers, Verimatrix has pioneered the 3-Dimensional Security approach that offers flexible layers of protection techniques to address evolving business needs and revenue threats. Maintaining close relationships with major studios, broadcasters, industry organizations, and its unmatched partner ecosystem enables Verimatrix to provide a unique perspective on digital TV business issues beyond content security as operators seek to deliver compelling new services. Verimatrix is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company. For more information, please visit, our Pay TV Views blog and follow us at @verimatrixinc, Facebook, and LinkedIn to join the conversation.

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