Irdeto, Verimatrix join SAT>IP Alliance

At in Germany, the SAT>IP Alliance announced that Irdeto and Verimatrix have joined the organisation. Both companies work on DRM and content protection.

“With the integration of CAS-to-DRM solutions into the SAT>IP standard we are making it much easier for pay-TV operators to take live broadcast television content onto in-home IP networks,” said Thomas Wrede, president of the SAT>IP Alliance.

The alliance already includes major European satellite operators including Eutelsat, SES and Hispasat, and TV industry leaders such as Nagra, MaxLinear and Panasonic. In recent years, 45 industry partners have supported the SAT>IP standard, developing over 80 different products that are compatible with it.

Analyst Comment

Sat>IP captures DVB streams at the LNB and distributes the streams over an ip network. It needs new satellite receivers and LNBs, but allows multi-channel video to be easily distributed around the home to any device that can decode it. That can include a server that can support devices that understand video streams, but not DVB, such as mobile devices. Extending the content protection is an important part of continuing to build momentum around this initiative. (BR)

Sat IPAlthough this diagram assumes a server handling all the incoming streams, clients that can deal with DVB streams can get them directly from the LNB