SOURCE: Verimatrix


September 06, 2012 03:15 ET

Farncombe Previews "Future of Cardless Broadcast Security" White Paper With Revealing Survey Results About Shifting Piracy Concerns

Survey Finds That the Enemy Is Changing: Internet Redistribution Becoming Main Piracy Concern

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - Sep 6, 2012) - IBC 2012 -- Today Farncombe, a leading specialist provider of Digital TV technology consultancy, released early results of its Security and Piracy Survey conducted in August 2012. Among a wealth of industry input, the survey found that the pay-TV industry's main piracy concern over the next five years is shifting from control word sharing, which is viewed as the largest threat today, to actual redistribution of content over the Internet. Forty-four percent of operators cite redistribution of content -- broadcast or downloaded -- as the number one threat to the industry revenue today; 65 percent think it will be the main threat in five years' time.

The new survey, which examined the changing security environment of pay-TV and the role of smartcard-based and cardless conditional access (CA) systems within it, was conducted as part of a white paper commissioned by Verimatrix, the specialist in securing and enhancing revenue for multi-screen digital TV services around the globe. The full white paper, which will be published by Farncombe later this month, will look at how technology and piracy developments in the industry are changing the perception and importance of cardless security systems and suitability of their use within one-way broadcast networks.

The True Cost of Security
Farncombe's Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) model for security systems shows there are scenarios where cardless systems in one-way networks are more cost-effective than card-based systems, due to their operational advantages. The white paper also takes into consideration the changing dynamics of the industry over the coming years. For example, the survey has shown that while operators currently perceive cardless CA as less secure than smartcard-based CA up to this point, they realize that the threats to their revenues are rapidly changing. As the industry shifts towards hybrid deployments, the technology behind cardless systems is evolving to address these threats; this evolution might make cardless not only cheaper, but also as secure as card-based systems.

Farncombe's "Future of Cardless Security" paper will:

  • Explain the developments in the industry that will change the economics of both cardless and smartcard-based security systems over the next five years
  • Show operators how they should be evaluating the total cost of ownership of security
  • Demonstrate how emerging techniques, such as watermarking and monitoring, can help operators combat new types of piracy threats

To receive your copy of the white paper at publication, please submit your request at or visit Verimatrix at IBC 2012 #4.B54 for more details.

About Farncombe
Farncombe provides independent world-class strategic consultancy, engineering and design services to leading innovators representing all areas of today's digital TV value chain. 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 where you can also register to receive copies of our newsletters and white papers.

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.