Globecast, ATEME Increase Availability of BISS-CA Worldwide

ATEME’s BISS-CA is being added to Globecast’s armory of security options. With content security a key concern across 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 extremely securely. It allows equipment entitlement and revocation in real-time for content streams over any network.

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

“With content piracy expected to represent a $51.6 billion loss of revenues for the TV and movie industry this year, BISS-CA has drastically increased the level of content protection available to broadcasters,” says Julien Mandel, Contribution & Distribution Solution Marketing Senior Director at ATEME. “The standard not only allows media rights holders to safeguard their content; it can also be enhanced with additional safety measures such as watermarking. And it has three powerful key advantages over a private solution: it’s interoperable, secure and simple to operate.”

Globecast has been using this standard since summer 2021, mainly for sports events to secure feed distribution between the venue and right holders. The company is constantly expanding its efforts to combat the illegal piracy of premium subscription-based content and using the BISS-CA standard is key to this. Globecast is using ATEME’s sophisticated encryption techniques to protect satellite uplinked content 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 keeping broadcasts secure.

François Persiaux, Head of Operations Contribution & Events at Globecast, said, “Content security is an absolute priority for Globecast, not least as we work across premium level sports events. The BISS-CA protocol used in ATEME’s encoder is the perfect match for high-quality video transmissions as the secure encryption tool enables broadcasters to protect themselves against piracy. ATEME’s encoders and decoders can be used across a variety of solutions and tracking software to determine the origin of an illegal stream with content being watermarked. Media rights holders can also grant and revoke receiving rights in real-time, securing broadcasts from the source to its end destination.”

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