UK's Freesat selects Intertrust ExpressPlay CA

Monday, January 8th, 2018
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UK’s Freesat Selects Intertrust’s ExpressPlay CA to Secure UHD Broadcast Content

LAS VEGAS — Freesat, the UK’s subscription-free satellite TV platform, has selected Intertrust Technologies’ ExpressPlay CA™ content security technology to manage and protect their ultra-high definition content in 2018.

ExpressPlay CA is Intertrust’s new cloud-based conditional access security technology designed specifically for modern broadcasters. The technology keeps digital rights secure by ensuring that only licensed users can access the content they are entitled to, fighting piracy and keeping illegal viewing at arm’s length. ExpressPlay CA uses an open standards-based digital rights management system (DRM) known as Marlin to protect and manage content, and is available on a broad base of set top boxes and connected televisions.

“ExpressPlay CA is a powerful new content protection technology,” said Alistair Thom, Managing Director of Freesat. “Its advanced DRM software engine allows us to protect our ultra-high-definition broadcast streams in an effective manner, leading to a significantly lower price point. This in turn allows us to deliver the best possible high-value entertainment experience for our customers.”

Deployed in hundreds of millions of consumer electronics devices around the world, ExpressPlay is a versatile media monetization platform that provides leading rights management and content security capabilities. Intertrust is widely known as the inventor of DRM. The technology is used to protect and manage digital media content around the world, and the underlying Marlin DRM engine is used in national ecosystems in the UK, Italy, China and Japan.

“We are delighted to support Freesat in their UHD content protection initiatives in 2018 and beyond,” said Talal Shamoon, CEO of Intertrust. “We designed ExpressPlay CA to support broadcasters like Freesat, to bring the power and cost efficiency of DRM to the conditional access world. Given our footprint in connected TVs and set top boxes, we can deliver a seamless, secure experience that scales and grows with broadcasters’ needs.”