SOURCE: Verimatrix

November 11, 2008 08:30 ET

Verimatrix Provides End-to-End Security Solution for SES AMERICOM's IP-PRIME Content Distribution Platform

Advanced VCAS Capabilities Enable Turnkey IPTV Delivery for IP-PRIME

ANAHEIM, CA--(Marketwire - November 11, 2008) - TelcoTV 08 -- Booth #827 -- Verimatrix, setting the standard in content security technologies that enhance the value of pay-TV networks, today announced that SES AMERICOM is adopting the Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS®) for IPTV content security for the IP-PRIME® distribution service targeted to North American telecom operators. Providing end-to-end content security for flexible combinations of centralized or distributed subscriber architectures is an essential component of the technology roadmap for VCAS for IPTV.

Contributing to the demonstration of VCAS for IPTV, SES AMERICOM is providing live television feeds of IP-PRIME to Verimatrix's booth #827 at the TelcoTV 2008 being held Nov. 11-13 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Orange County, CA.

Verimatrix is providing a comprehensive security architecture that enables end-to-end encryption for multi-channel SD and HD broadcasts from the IP-PRIME Broadcast Center, while enabling seamless integration of local broadcast and Video-on-Demand (VOD) services. This solution, compatible with the Nokia Siemens Networks' Home Entertainment IPTV middleware, will allow operators the ability to roll out a complete package of IPTV services quickly and at cost savings never before thought possible.

Alan Young, CTO of SES AMERICOM, said, "Verimatrix has proven expertise in the content security arena, and has been a great partner supporting the integration of VCAS into the IP-PRIME platform."

VCAS for IPTV 2.3 can support small or large scale deployments, and has been enhanced to support a variety of wholesale/reseller configurations. This type of support is key for the particular structure of the North American market where local telecommunications carriers do not always have the resources to build their own video headends. Addressing the challenge in these smaller markets means enabling central content aggregation and distribution, while offering options for local content and control over the subscriber interface. From a security perspective, it is important that the multi-tier distribution does not create any security holes and provides a straightforward path for security upgrades, such as user-specific forensic watermarking, in the client devices.

"We've always planned for end-to-end content security for flexible combinations of IPTV wholesale architectures in our technology roadmap for VCAS," said Bob Kulakowski, CTO at Verimatrix. "SES AMERICOM presented us with a complex system challenge. Our cost-effective software security approach and our ability to rapidly integrate with key partners made VCAS for IPTV at natural fit for this business model."

About IP-PRIME (www.ip-prime.com)

IP-PRIME is a complete IPTV transport solution that telecom carriers, cable operators, and private networks can use today to provide their subscribers with the content that they demand including 50+ channels of HD plus another 200+ SD channels. IP-PRIME HD-4 is an HD overlay that provides existing IPTV operators with a competitive and cost effective solution. Focused on high quality television, IP-PRIME offers a customizable programming lineup that can be deployed quickly and efficiently to subscribers. Telco TV booth 547.

About SES AMERICOM

As the leading supplier of satellite services in the U.S., SES AMERICOM serves broadcasters, cable programmers, aeronautical and maritime communications integrators, internet service providers, mobile communications networks, government agencies, educational institutions, carriers and secure global data networks with efficient communications and content distribution solutions. The company, recognized as a major innovator of advanced satellite communications services, operates a fleet of 16 spacecraft in orbital positions predominantly providing service throughout the Americas. In addition, AMERICOM Government Services (AGS), a wholly-owned subsidiary, is dedicated to providing satellite-based communications solutions to both civilian and defense agencies of the U.S. Government.

SES AMERICOM is an SES company (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG). SES wholly owns three market-leading satellite operators, SES ASTRA in Europe, SES AMERICOM in North America, and SES NEW SKIES, which provides global coverage and connectivity. The company also holds 90% of SES SIRIUS in Europe as well as strategic participations in Ciel in Canada and QuetzSat in Mexico. SES provides outstanding satellite communications solutions via a fleet of 39 satellites in 26 orbital positions around the globe.

About Verimatrix

Verimatrix sets the standard for software-based content security and revenue enhancement technologies in pay-TV networks, with a global customer base of service providers. The Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS™) offers a suite of next-generation technologies that has been independently audited and ranked as the global leader in IPTV content protection. The company's 3 Dimensional Content Security approach, built around VCAS, enables secure delivery of content to multiple devices across multiple networks using multiple layers of protection techniques. Maintaining close relationships with major studios, broadcasters, industry organizations and partner ecosystem helps address the challenges facing pay-TV networks of today, and those of tomorrow. For more information, please visit www.verimatrix.com.