International Datacasting and Verimatrix to Launch New IP Distribution Solution for DTH Operators

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013
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New solution helps DTH operators launch new services and add subscribers within Multi-Dwelling Units (MDUs)

OTTAWA, ONTARIO — International Datacasting Corporation (TSX:IDC) and Verimatrix, the specialist in securing and enhancing revenue for multi-network, multi-screen digital TV services around the globe, have joined forces to provide DTH operators with a new solution to help them launch new IPTV services and add subscribers within multi-dwelling units (MDUs). Both companies will demonstrate this new offering at the 2013 NAB Show, April 8 – 11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (Booth SU3711).

This new solution fully integrates the IDC Digital Tattoo DTH Over IP Gateway with the Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS™) for DVB, featuring cardless content and revenue security for broadcast (one-way) networks. It enables fully encrypted end-to-end delivery of satellite television to customers living in Multi-Dwelling Units (MDUs) such as apartment buildings, apartments, condominiums, schools campuses, hotels, gated communities and healthcare facilities. Today, 24% to 65% of all households around the world are within MDUs, representing a large market opportunity for DTH operators.

With this combined solution, DTH operators can partner with a Telco, wireless provider or ISP to offer a triple play package which includes television, internet and voice-over-IP. “This provides the basis for new value-added services for DTH operators and helps them access previously hard-to-reach customers,” explained Steve Oetegenn, chief sales & marketing officer at Verimatrix. “In addition to increasing the ARPU (Average Revenue Per User), it eliminates in-building signal theft and allows users to select their own programming packages. Achieving subscriber and ARPU growth while reducing churn and simultaneously enhancing revenue security is a magic mix in this market.”

The IP distribution of this integrated system can be over wired Ethernet to serve buildings and campuses or via IP distribution over fiber systems such as GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Network) to serve larger geographies.

“This solutions allows DTH operators to add services and increase subscribers using a cost-effective, intuitive platform,” said Del Lippert, Chairman of the Board and Interim CEO at IDC. “It reflects IDC’s expertise in designing, building and operating DTH platforms.”

Two customers worked with IDC and Verimatrix as beta sites in the development of this new solution. One of these customers, an Asian DTH provider, launched Digital Tattoo to IP set-top-boxes already integrated with Verimatrix conditional access resulting in a quick time-to-market and substantial cost efficiencies.