For years, pay-TV operators relied upon on-premises conditional access systems (CAS) to meet the strict requirements of content owners and assure protection of their offerings.
But the pay-TV market is evolving rapidly. With the arrival of new global competitors and a shift in viewer expectations, traditional pay-TV operators need to adapt their content protection strategy to stay competitive in the rapidly changing market.
Across the industry, operators are starting to look at security in a new light. A more holistic approach is required, not only in terms of securing the content but also the devices via separation techniques and security evaluations targeted at the whole ecosystem. Moreover, today’s operators require increased flexibility, specialised security competence to address the increasing complexity of modern operations, and the ability to add new features quickly.
Recently, software as a service (SaaS) has emerged as a viable solution for various facets of pay-TV operations such as encoding, streaming and content security. Hosting part or all of their security services off-site, operators can unlock the flexibility, scalability, and cost efficiencies needed to be competitive in the broadcast and OTT multiscreen space. This paper will provide a comprehensive summary of the different SaaS options available for content protection, outlining the key challenges operators face, advantages of transitioning to SaaS, and requirements in a cloud-based security platform that is fully managed and operated by an experienced technology vendor. In addition, the paper will explain why content security via the cloud is safer and how it will better prepare broadcasters for the future.
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