NetSat deploys VCAS for DVB to secure Pakistan's Dawn News TV

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018
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VCAS for DVB Protects Local News Channel Charting New Course in Digital Encryption

AMSTERDAM — IBC Show — Verimatrix, a specialist in securing and enhancing revenue for network-connected devices and services, today announced that Pakistan’s NetSat® has deployed the Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS™) for DVB solution. NetSat is the satellite networking services division of NetSat, one of Pakistan’s leading telecommunications companies. The VCAS architecture specifically benefits the local Dawn News TV channel as it transitions from analog to encrypted digital free-to-air video services.

Based in Karachi, Dawn News is transmitted to all urban areas of Pakistan. It is one of the nation’s 24-hour Urdu news channel and among the first in the nation to lead with digital encryption. NetSat’s deployment of the VCAS for DVB solution has enabled Dawn News to control access to the channel and which CATV/IPTV networks may offer the channel, ultimately opening new revenue streams.

“As it converts from free-to-air to encrypted content delivery, piracy has become a major area of concern for Dawn News on top of the many political and economic challenges it continues to face,” said Syed Rafi Uddin Faisal, CEO NetSat. “Verimatrix stood out from the competition due to the flexible and future-proof design of its VCAS architecture, which was highly commended by one of its DVB Cable customers based in Pakistan.”

The award-winning and independently audited VCAS for DVB is a full-featured conditional access solution supporting satellite, terrestrial and cable/MMDS networks. The cardless solution is completely compliant with applicable DVB standards and pre-integrated with a broad range of partner headend and software systems.

“Dawn News is playing a key role in leading the digital transition in Pakistan, and we are thrilled to offer our continued support to NetSat as it helps the channel make great strides in the region,” said Steve Oetegenn, president of Verimatrix. “VCAS for DVB offers a unified content authority approach that enables service providers like NetSat to offer new levels of security that are essential for Dawn News to now have in place but would have been virtually impossible to achieve in the analog era.”

To learn more about the VCAS for DVB architecture, visit Verimatrix at IBC booth #5.A59.