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IBC 2016: DRM to the fore for Conax to deal with complex, multiscreen broadcast environment
As it continues to consolidate its brand after purchase by the Kudelski Group, provider Conax has identified cloud-based content protection, simplified IPTV connected security and multi-DRM as its key go-to areas.

Editor | 10 September 2016 | Link to Rapid TV News article

Conax logoExplaining the basic thrust of the leading security technology provider’s offer going into 2017, EVP products and marketing Tom Jahr said: “Rapid changes in viewing behaviour call for service providers to quickly adapt product offerings to provide subscribers with desired content on their favourite devices… We will be engaging with operators and technology partners to discuss how together we can maximise the potential of content by tapping the capabilities of revenue security – how our partnerships can create a sustainable, competitive edge for operator platforms combining a holistic security approach with the future opportunities of flexible, end-to-end solutions.”

Among the key areas will be to establish the core Contego product as a cloud-based service, supporting DVB, IPTV and OTT with all major DRM technologies. In addition, a new Connected Access client has been tailored to eliminate the complexity of securing a modern pay-TV service, managing both conditional access and DRM security in one single client. The client relies on a flexible architecture capable of delivering different levels of security, using the technology available in each device to match the content security requirements. These range from free-to-air content to the strict security requirements for 4K/Ultra HD content.

Conax also revealed that another key area would be to manage and reduce complexity within DRM environments. The company says that it can offer what it calls the ultimate flexibility in securing content across technologies and multiscreen devices based on a single unified security hub. The offer encompasses common encryption and MPEG DASH, and is designed to solve the problem of operators having to support individually the leading DRM technologies, that is Widevine, PlayReady, FairPlay Streaming and NAGRA PRM.