Cincinnati Bell takes multiscreen OTT security from Verimatrix

Monday, April 24th, 2017
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Cincinnati Bell Broadens Commitment to Verimatrix with Security for Multi-screen OTT Delivery

  • Long-term VCAS Customer Offers Unique OTT Service

LAS VEGAS — NAB Show 2017 (Booth #SU3116) — Verimatrix, the specialist in securing and enhancing revenue for multi-network, multi-screen digital TV services around the globe, today announced that Cincinnati Bell has broadened its deployment of the Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS™) multi-network solution to support over-the-top (OTT) video delivery of its streaming app, Watch Fioptics. The App is a complimentary offering to Cincinnati Bell Fioptics subscribers to help fulfill the company’s mission to deliver content on any device. Verimatrix will enable secure premium services to Roku® streaming players and TVs, along with set-top boxes, iOS and Android devices, and future device development, with its ViewRight® Web client security package. The Watch Fioptics App is currently available on iOS and Android devices with other devices coming later in the year.

The Watch Fioptics app is an OTT app-based service where subscribers can access their TV package on a variety of devices. VCAS for Internet TV, powered by the multi-network VCAS platform, provides Cincinnati Bell a complete multi-screen security solution for OTT services over networks implementing HTTP Live Streaming (HLS), which is the dominant adaptive bitrate (ABR) protocol supported by Roku and other mainstream CE devices. VCAS for Internet TV enhances the basic HLS security model with capabilities that support subscription and transaction-based pay-TV services to ensure only authorized users can access their content, and provides an easy upgrade to MPEG-DASH delivery as a future service option.

“We have relied on Verimatrix as we have grown our offering to allow users to access their content in the way they wish to consume it,” said Cory Beimesche, VP of Consumer Solution Design and Management at Cincinnati Bell. “VCAS for Internet TV enables us to reach all the devices we need and ensures that we can securely deliver OTT video to meet customer demand. Plus, its ability to harmonize rights across these devices helps streamline our delivery.”

“The strength of our partner ecosystem and our ability to deploy revenue security solutions quickly and across essentially all device types are what set Verimatrix apart for this deployment,” said Steve Oetegenn, president, Verimatrix. “We are excited to not only support OTT delivery of Cincinnati Bell’s Watch Fioptics service, but also pave a new path for other operators to easily add Roku streaming devices to their multi-screen lineup.