Globecast and ATEME increase the availability of BISS-CA worldwide

ATEME’s BISS-CA adds to Globecast’s arsenal of security options. With content security being a major concern in the industry, this is an important addition.

An evolution of the BISS protocol, BISS-CA is an open, royalty-free, secure, and interoperable conditional access encryption standard that can be used on production equipment to transmit high-value content in an extremely secure manner. It enables real-time device authorization and revocation for content streams on any network.

BISS-CA was developed by ATEME alongside an alliance of public service media and other network equipment vendors and came to market in late 2020. It uses highly secure 128-bit encryption, the encryption being changed every 10 seconds to stay one step ahead of hackers.

“With content piracy expected to represent $51.6 billion in lost revenue for the TV and film industry this year, BISS-CA has dramatically increased the level of content protection available to broadcasters” , declares Julien Mandel, Marketing Solutions Contribution & Distribution Director at ATEME. “The standard not only allows media rights holders to protect their content; it can also be enhanced with additional security measures such as watermark. And it has three powerful key advantages over a private solution: it’s interoperable, secure, and easy to use. »

Globecast has been using this standard since the summer of 2021, mainly for sporting events in order to secure the distribution of the stream between the venue and the rights holders. The company is constantly expanding its efforts to combat illegal piracy of premium subscription content and the use of the BISS-CA standard is key in this regard. Globecast uses ATEME’s sophisticated encryption techniques to protect content transmitted via satellite in the most secure way possible. By using ATEME encoders, the service provider is able to deliver the highest video quality at minimum bitrates with minimum latency, while ensuring broadcast security.

François Persiaux, Head of Operations Contribution & Events at Globecast, said: “Content security is a top priority for Globecast, especially as we work on high profile sporting events. The BISS-CA protocol used in ATEME’s encoder is perfectly suited for high-quality video transmissions, as the secure encryption tool allows broadcasters to protect themselves against piracy. ATEME’s encoders and decoders can be used with a variety of solutions and tracking software to determine the origin of an illegal stream with watermarked content. Media rights holders can also grant and revoke reception rights in real time, securing broadcasts from source to final destination.

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