Globecast claims to use Ateme’s BISS-CA encryption solutions

Globecast and Ateme have recently announced their collaboration to add Ateme BISS-CA to Globecast’s security solutions. BISS-CA is an open, royalty-free, secure and interoperable conditional access encryption standard that can be used on production equipment to transmit content securely. It allows equipment entitlement and revocation in real-time for content streams over any network.

BISS-CA was developed by Ateme alongside an alliance of public service media and other network equipment vendors and first came to market in late 2020. It uses 128-bit encryption, with the encryption key being changed every 10 seconds.

Globecast has been using this standard since summer 2021. The company is expanding its efforts to combat the illegal piracy of premium subscription-based content and using the BISS-CA standard is key to this.

As Julien Mandel, Contribution & Distribution Solution Marketing Senior Director at Ateme, commented, “With content piracy expected to represent a $51.6 billion loss of revenues for the TV and movie industry this year”, as stated in the Global online TV and movie revenue lost through piracy from 2010 to 2022 Statista’s report, “BISS-CA has drastically increased the level of content protection available to broadcasters. The standard not only allows media rights holders to safeguard their content; it can also be enhanced with additional safety measures such as watermarking. And it has three powerful key advantages over a private solution: it’s interoperable, secure and simple to operate.”

François Persiaux, Head of Operations Contribution & Events at Globecast, said, “Content security is an absolute priority for Globecast, not least as we work across premium level sports events. The BISS-CA protocol used in Ateme’s encoder is the perfect match for high-quality video transmissions as the secure encryption tool enables broadcasters to protect themselves against piracy. Ateme’s encoders and decoders can be used across a variety of solutions and tracking software to determine the origin of an illegal stream with content being watermarked. Media rights holders can also grant and revoke receiving rights in real-time, securing broadcasts from the source to its end destination.”

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