Although nominally dedicated to cable, ANGA COM also illuminates trends common to the whole pay TV industry and in the 2019 event just gone, there was a strong focus on cybersecurity security and low latency streaming. The other major theme with more of a cable focus was the resurgence of RDK originally developed by Comcast to expedite migration to IP for cable TV operators through standardization of core components in set top boxes and broadband gateways for the connected home.
Increasing OTT fragmentation is creating a new and perhaps last opportunity for traditional pay TV operators to seize back some control from major online service providers by re-aggregating online content under common UIs and recommendation engines.
Studio Canal, the part of the French Canal+ group responsible for international feature films and TV series, has deployed NexGuard forensic watermarking technology from Kudelski’s Nagra to protect international distribution of its content.
Verimatrix, now owned by France’s Inside Secure, showcased its spectrum of cloud-based products and services at NAB 2019, combining security with analytics capabilities.
Friend MTS, UK based content and revenue protection specialist, has launched Piracy-iQ, a service for measuring streaming piracy consumption over internet service provider (ISP) networks.
Serverless architectures are permeating the broadcasting space as service providers migrate to cloud based IP infrastructures, because of their inherent scalability and ability to absorb peaks and troughs in demand cost effectively on a pay as you go basis. They are peculiarly conducive for security, which can help broadcasters and operators cope with the considerable headache of maintaining levels of protection against hacking and content theft as they migrate to the cloud and rely ever more on OTT distribution over the Internet.