The solution, which may be of particular interest to small and medium-sized cable operators, provides a “pay-as-you-grow” model with no upfront capital investment required and a one-time activation fee per device. This gives operators access to security which is trusted by content owners for basic to premium 4K content and is renewable over the air, despite any budget and expertise constraints.
Commenting on the launch, Richard Frankland, VP sales, EMEA at Irdeto, said: “In today’s increasingly competitive market, local cable operators have a tough job to hold onto subscribers in the face of new market entrants. By migrating to digital cable, operators can solve the problem of competing with terrestrial digital FTA services, but they cannot successfully compete against new entrants without offering a variety of packaged content.
“However, to create new revenue streams from different tiers of programs or services, a conditional access (CA) system is paramount to manage subscriber entitlements. The launch of Hosted CA will give operators of all sizes the advantages they need to compete with telcos and OTT service providers in this increasingly competitive landscape.”