Irdeto and Harmonic join forces to enable 4K protection with CSA3 encryption

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Irdeto is working with Harmonic to provide what they claim will be the world’s first integrated and proven Common Scrambling Algorithm v3 (CSA3) solution, a next-generation encryption technology that enables pay-TV operators to securely launch advanced formats like 4K UHD.

This implementation of robust encryption technology combines Harmonic’s ProStream X stream processing platform with Irdeto’s conditional access solution.

A recent survey by Irdeto and SNL Kagan found that 96% of video service providers and content producers believe that a majority of consumers and operators will adopt 4K UHD TV by 2020. Unfortunately, so will pirates, who are evolving their piracy strategies to offer 4K content as a part of their business.

With CSA1 and CSA2 content encryption becoming increasingly more vulnerable, it is becoming essential for operators to adopt CSA3 to protect premium content, said Steeve Huin, VP of strategic partnerships at Irdeto.

“Operators are under constant pressure to not only offer innovative solutions and services to customers, but also maintain optimal security to protect valuable content assets,” said Huin. “As a result, operators must implement a 360-degree security strategy that includes the most advanced content encryption technology available. Our partnership with Harmonic provides operators with advanced conditional access technology with support for CSA3, allowing them to innovate freely and continuously improve upon their robust service offerings.”

Irdeto’s conditional access solution provides stringent content security for pay-TV operations, encompassing the MovieLabs Specification for Enhanced Content Protection. It also enables pay-TV operators and broadcasters to offer more services, payment options and device support to provide the content, value and convenience that consumers expect when selecting a pay-TV service.

The combination of CSA3 encryption technology from Harmonic and Irdeto’s flexible solutions enable broadcasters to easily deploy new TV services and support new devices without interrupting existing subscriber services or compromising their digital assets, said Bart Spriester, senior vice president of video products at Harmonic.

“As 4K UHD becomes more common, it is increasingly important for operators to implement future-proof technology to prevent theft of valuable content,” said Spriester.

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