VCAS for IPTV Provides Centralized Wholesale/Retail Support to Meet Needs of Telcos across the State
San Diego, July 21, 2009 – Verimatrix, setting the standard in content security technologies that enhance the value of pay-TV networks, today announced that Iowa Network Services (INS) has deployed the Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS™) for IPTV to protect its IPTV wholesale network with a combination of central and local linear content provisioning. INS, which represents a network of independent telephone companies that provides telecommunications services to rural Iowans, is currently using the Verimatrix security system via its Digital Entertainment Television platform to nine local operators and more than 25,000 set-top boxes (STBs) across Iowa.
“Verimatrix has demonstrated its commitment to the IPTV wholesale and managed service market with some unique capabilities in their security architecture,” said Dennis Pearson, executive manager of Video at INS. “Our IPTV system operators are very happy with the sophisticated options for local subscriber and content management models, as well as choice in infrastructure equipment, that VCAS for IPTV offers.”
INS is committed to providing Iowa’s independent telephone companies options for providing multichannel video services to their customers. INS has been offering IPTV solutions since 2002 and offers a centralized middleware solution and also supports independent telephone companies in having the flexibility to select their own middleware and STB equipment that is compatible with Verimatrix’s content security.
MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 multicast streams are encrypted at the shared INS head-end and distributed through the INS and independent telephone company’s video networks all the way to the point where it reaches the customer’s STB. By leveraging the INS centralized IPTV head-end and Verimatrix’s powerful Remote Stream Manager™ to create a controlled hierarchical distribution of content keys, the independent telephone companies can reduce the capital and operational expenditures required to offer a rich line-up of IPTV channels.
“INS has been very successful with its IPTV wholesale and fiber distribution service,” said Steve Oetegenn, chief sales and marketing officer at Verimatrix. “As one of our largest wholesale/retail customers, INS is pushing the boundaries of secure IP video distribution, which will ultimately help define the next-generation IPTV services platform.”