May 2015 – This report, written by Steven Hawley of tvstrategies, a contributing analyst for SNL Kagan (an S&P Global company), provides an in-depth examination, category analysis and global forecast. The rapid growth of multiscreen TV services has altered the nature of content protection from a “point” solution to an end-to-end solution. Conditional Access Systems (CAS) that secure set-top boxes have been augmented with Digital Rights Management (DRM) software that secures content delivered to other screens including PCs, tablets and smartphones.
Several additional security technologies have emerged to complement CAS and DRM, including watermarking, the monitoring of online redistribution, fingerprinting, software and key obfuscation, embedded root-of-trust, clone- and tamper-detection, and link-layer security. TV security systems have evolvd into end-to-end solutions that oversee all of these security components as a coordinated ecosystem.
The increased volume of video-capable connected devices requiring content security will offset declines in security revenue for the traditional set-top box category over the next several years. Sales of multiscreen solutions using digital rights management (DRM) are growing rapidly and will continue to do so, which reflects the fact that multiscreen delivery will be a major contributing factor toward satisfying operators’ competitive positioning. But even though the number of video-capable devices requiring content protection will continue to increase, the declining cost of security per device will keep overall global video security revenue flat over the next several years.