Looking at the role of CA today and in the future

Pay-TV operators have used CA since the 1990s to encrypt digital content. Over the years, CA has evolved, with Irdeto launching the first software based card-less CA in 2011. But does the CA technology still have a role to play going forward?

Looking back
CA started life in the analogue broadcast world. Its role was to scramble the video signal. With the evolution to digital broadcast, CA transformed to what you can call “true” conditional access with encryption.

Who’s responsible for fighting online piracy?

As you know from my earlier post, we’re facing a wave of piracy bigger than we’ve ever seen before. OTT piracy – aka content redistribution – is today’s biggest threat. But is it down to the pay-TV operators or content rights holders to take on this fight?

A common enemy
There’s no doubt about it. Online pirates are bad for business. Pay-TV operators are facing potential subscriber churn to cheaper illegal services. For content rights holders this is an emerging threat affecting loss of revenue as these alternative sources are diluting the value of the content.

Rising tide of online piracy: sink or swim?

For the first time, searches for popular insecure OTT devices have now outstripped popular secure OTT devices on Google searches. Online piracy is big business. All content is a target: thematic channels, recent movie releases and particularly live sports. The question is can anything be done to hold back this tide?

Perfect storm
With advancements in technology, increasing broadband availability and speed plus secure silicon effectively stamping out control word sharing piracy; the pirates have adapted. OTT piracy, aka content redistribution, is now the biggest threat facing pay-TV operators and content rights holders.