Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Verimatrix Selected to Secure CANTV Pay-TV Service in Venezuela

CANTV, the Venezuelan state-owned operator, has selected the Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS) for IPTV. Through a reseller partnership with ZTE, VCAS for IPTV has been integrated with ZTE's ZXBIV IPTV Eyewill solution for the CANTV deployment. In this initial deployment phase, CANTV plans to offer IPTV services with 140 channels to 67,000 subscribers, which is believed to be the largest IPTV project in South America. CANTV is targeting 1.26 million IPTV customers within the next six years.

CANTV's service will feature video-on-demand (VOD), live TV pause, personal video recorder capabilities and time-shifted TV and is expected to launch at the end of 2009. VCAS for IPTV will provide software-based protection for broadcast and VOD content delivered over the operator's managed IP-based network. Through the use of mature, proven two-way Internet security protocols, a Public Key Infrastructure public/private key pair system and X.509 digital certificates, VCAS for IPTV eliminates the vulnerabilities related to smart card-based architectures. A downloadable security system is not only more secure, it enables less expensive set-top box or client device hardware and renewable security software can be updated as required to combat piracy attacks.