Industry debate promoted by AEPOC

16 September 2011

An IBC discussion organised by AEPOC and Intellect , and hosted by Eutelsat, explored the challenges around content protection in the connected TV and hybrid worlds.

Moderated by Julian Clover from Broadband TV News, Christine Maury-Panis, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Viaccess-France Telecom and Vice President of AEPOC, highlighted the security challenges of the connected TV space.

In Viaccess' view security requires that there is interoperability between several technologies, including third party DRMs, and the devising of a customised solution which avoids a "one hack fits all" threat. This customised eco-system works in parallel with an 360 degree security service, involving monitoring, surveying, maintenance and providing legal back-up. Security is more than choosing a technology - it involves taking overall responsibility for its operation and renewal.

This standpoint was reflected in the comments by Sylvain Audigier, Director of Department of Innovation, New Technologies and Networks at TF1, who revealed the broadcaster's decision to select two DRM systems. For deployment of TF1 services on connected TVs the HbbTV standard provides many advantages such as one single workflow for all devices.

Brian Lenz, Director of Product Design and Development at BSkyB, said that Sky Go had launched only on the closed iOS Apple system. He confirmed that it is more difficult to distribute the service via devices using Android.

Metin Salt, Vice President of Engineering at CE-manufacturer Vestel, acknowledged the security challenges and pointed to the impact of the connected phenomenon, which transforms Vestel to a service company, establishing consumer relationships. Vestel is now making direct deals with content owners.

Some 35 participants from Europe, the US and Latin-America attended.