Verimatrix Selected to Secure YOU SCOD18 Digital Cable

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012
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VCAS for DVB Fuels Leading Indian Multi System Operator’s Analog-to-Digital Transition With Cardless Security Solution

SINGAPORE — CommunicAsia — Verimatrix, the specialist in securing and enhancing revenue for multi-screen digital TV services around the globe, today announced that YOU SCOD18, a leading Indian Multi System Operator (MSO), has selected the Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS™) architecture to provide revenue security for its new digital cable service. YOU SCOD18 Networking Pvt Ltd. is a joint venture between YOU Broadband and Cable India Ltd. YOU Broadband India and cable operators in Mumbai selected VCAS 3 to fuel its analog-to-digital transition due to its unique ability to combine all required conditional access system (CAS) functionality together with the interactivity of an IP-based network via a single robust security solution.

YOU SCOD18’s new digital cable service offers subscribers access to more than 200 channels, including the largest set of regional channels and local movie channels, and the MSO plans to add video-on-demand (VoD) services in the very near future. The Verimatrix cardless security solution is able to secure live and interactive content delivery via a single security head-end, reducing OPEX and CAPEX as the operator expands its services.

“We evaluated several CAS vendors and ultimately chose to partner with Verimatrix because of its ability to provide us with a true, integrated multi-screen platform,” states N K Rouse, director, YOU SCOD18. “Choosing the right security technology is a critical competitive differentiator, especially with so many operators participating in India’s digitalization initiative. We believe that partnering with Verimatrix will result in many unique benefits, including enhanced revenue security and the flexibility to easily develop and deploy new multi-screen services.”

For the initial rollout, VCAS™ for DVB was deployed over YOU SCOD18’s existing hybrid fiber coax (HFC) network using the Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) standards-based technology for broadcast distribution. The solution was deployed in Simulcrypt mode, which allows YOU SCOD18 to deploy VCAS for DVB where new services are introduced, but enables the legacy CAS to operate in parallel, serving subscribers who chose not to upgrade immediately.

“The digitalization of cable TV networks in India presents operators with challenges and opportunities like never before in the history of television in India. We feel that revenue security is at the core of this transition, and we are delighted to have partnered with YOU SCOD18 to fuel their digitalization efforts,” said Steve Oetegenn, chief sales and marketing officer, Verimatrix. “This is a very exciting time in the Indian market, and we look forward to helping YOU SCOD18 achieve subscriber and revenue growth in the coming months.”

Verimatrix will be demonstrating its robust revenue security solutions at CommunicAsia 2012, 19-22 June, at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Visit booth #1M2-01 to see demos of how the VCAS™ 3 architecture addresses current and future business and technical challenges.