With over 25 years of security experience, Conax is ideally positioned to provide the best end-to-end solutions possible for your Android-based broadcast-OTT operations. All Conax solutions are based on the proven and future-proof Conax Contego security backend and an open partner policy. Securing Android STBs according to the strict requirements for broadcast operations is a highly complex task. Operators will benefit from using security experts such as Conax to manage the security needs of their current operations and plan a reliable roadmap to the future.
Check out the interview with Conax’ security expert Tor Helge Kristiansen on securing Android in pay-TV operations
Android provides the following benefits for the pay-TV operator:
- Access to apps & services
- A world of apps (3000+) – tailored for a 10-feet lean back experience
- Boost user engagement with improved user experience
- Expanded monetization opportunities
- Retain attention of subscriber over HDMI1
- Shorter time to market for new features & services
- Consumer awareness of Android from the smartphone segment
Android is a great platform for TV operators, but there are significant security issues to overcome. Due to the mandatory inclusions and requirements set by Google for licensing Android, conflicts with industry-standard STB security requirements can arise. This can lead to serious implications for broadcast operations, which are the main source of revenues for Pay-TV operators.
Connectable set-top-boxes being open to third-party apps, present an increased piracy threat surface. Additionally, pay-TV operators are required to meet stricter MovieLabs ECP guidelines for premium content, to eliminate piracy and content redistribution issues on connected devices. Leveraging the trend towards set-top-boxes with advanced middleware solutions like Android TV, Open TV, RDK and others, Conax Lynx adds a layer of secure control allowing operators to securely embed OTT services in the same set-top-box offering, without interfering with the DVB content. Operators can thus focus on delivering rich end-user experience on the devices, resulting in reduced churn and increased ARPU.
Conax can provide your operation with:
- Unique security architecture for Android
- Conax Lynx – CA/DRM pre-embedded into chipset utilizing TEE for security isolation
- Security guidance
- Security evaluations
For more information, please download the Android Security White Paper. The white paper discusses the threats to security in Android-based STBs posed by the combined broadcast-OTT environment and by Google’s requirements, and how these security issues can be resolved.