RGB Networks strikes partnership with Conax

Monday, September 9th, 2013
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Together RGB’s TransAct Packager and Conax’s CAS/DRM Solutions Offer Pay-TV Operators Secure Delivery of High-Quality Programming

IBC 2013, stand 4.B70 — RGB Networks, the leading provider of scalable multiscreen IP video delivery solutions, has today announced its new partnership with Conax, a global provider of solutions for securing multi-device and digital video content distribution. The joint offering – integrating Conditional Access Systems (CAS) and Digital Rights Management (DRM) from Conax within RGB’s TransAct Packager – allows pay-TV operators to deliver a unique viewing experience to their subscribers at anytime and across any device, while guaranteeing that only paying viewers can access content.

RGB’s TransAct Packager uses adaptive streaming technology to enable the segmentation of video and audio into chunks that are reliably delivered to PCs, mobile devices and set-top boxes using HTTP. In addition, by using standard AES-128 encryption for HTTP Live Streaming or PlayReady for Smooth Streaming, the TransAct Packager can encrypt traffic and integrate key exchanges with digital rights management servers. Incorporating Conax CAS/DRM, the solution now serves to better protect pay-TV content from unauthorized viewing by non-subscribers. By shielding content from signal piracy in this way, operators are in turn freed of any copyright infringement headaches and can retain control over their most valuable assets.

“The demand for video and expectations of service are becoming greater each year. As video service providers continue to battle it out to win subscribers, they cannot afford to encounter a performance gap when it comes to content delivery, or tie themselves up in compliance issues,” said Simone Sassoli, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for RGB Networks. “The combination of our solution with Conax CAS/DRM provides operators with a best-of-breed solution that addresses both business needs and market evolution.”

In a highly competitive marketplace, providers cannot take the chance of potential customers opting for pirated content instead, or losing existing ones as a result of poor service provision. This partnership between RGB Networks and Conax is a direct outcome of increasing operator concerns over securing video content and protecting revenue streams. Indeed, the companies have joint customers who have encouraged them to work together to deliver an integrated solution for securing and delivering high-quality streaming video.

“We have several customers who have come to us for a solution that enabled them to deliver quality video content to customers without the risk of hijacking or disruption en route which has obvious negative impacts on business operations,” said Tom Jahr, Executive Vice President of Products and Partners at Conax. “The RGB Networks partnership with Conax now enables operators to reconcile these two issues so that they can continue to provide their own customers with the best viewing experience possible.”

Executives from RGB will be available to discuss the partnership further at its IBC stand (4.B70) for the duration of the show, taking place at the RAI arena in Amsterdam, September 13-17, 2013.