Verimatrix Selected to Secure CANTV Pay-TV Service in Venezuela

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009
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VCAS for IPTV is First Choice in ZTE’s Pay-TV Platform for Major Americas Operator

SINGAPORE — CommunicAsia 2009 — Verimatrix, setting the standard in content security technologies that enhance the value of pay-TV networks, today announced CANTV as the latest Americas customer to select the Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS™) for IPTV. Through a reseller partnership with ZTE, VCAS for IPTV has been integrated with ZTE’s ZXBIV IPTV Eyewill solution for the CANTV deployment. In this initial deployment phase, CANTV plans to offer IPTV services with 140 channels to 67,000 subscribers, which is considered the largest IPTV project in South America. The Venezuelan state-owned operator CANTV is targeting 1.26 million IPTV customers within the next six years.

CANTV’s service will feature video-on-demand (VOD), live TV pause, personal video recorder capabilities and time-shifted TV and is expected to launch at the end of 2009. VCAS for IPTV will provide software-based protection for broadcast and VOD content delivered over the operator’s managed IP-based network. Through the use of mature, proven two-way Internet security protocols, a Public Key Infrastructure public/private key pair system and X.509 digital certificates, VCAS for IPTV eliminates the vulnerabilities related to smart card-based architectures. A downloadable security system is not only more secure, it enables less expensive set-top box or client device hardware and renewable security software can be updated as required to combat piracy attacks.

“The integrated ZTE and Verimatrix IPTV solution addresses the unique needs and scalability of the CANTV deployment,” said Charles Chimaras, vice president for Sales and Marketing of ZTE Venezuela. “Our solution provides optimum flexibility for CANTV as it grows the network and adds future revenue streams.”

“ZTE is a strong global partner in IPTV with significant deployments in emerging pay-TV markets,” said Steve Oetegenn, chief sales and marketing office of Verimatrix. “Our software-based solutions are attractive to operators looking for advanced, yet cost-effective, content security that can evolve with their needs.”