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March 05, 2014

Belgian Telecommunications Operator Selects Content Protection Solution from VO

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

Belgian telecommunications operator Mobistar has selected a content protection solution from Viaccess-Orca (VO) to support its cable TV service.

Thanks to Viaccess-Orca’s Prime Sentinel smart card-based conditional access system (CAS), Mobistar would now be able to securely deliver premium live television content to subscribers’ set-top boxes (STBs).

Prime Sentinel CAS provides security for a wide range of TV service models including live TV, catch-up, PVR, content sharing on home networks, and video-on-demand. With a proven and fully integrated CAS solution, VO protects premium content for over 85 Pay-TV content service providers worldwide.

By around the 4th quarter of 2014, the telecommunications operator’s new cable TV service is expected to be launched, following new cable regulation in Belgium that gives alternative operators access to cable networks. Leveraging the new cable regulation, Mobistar plans to expand its consumer mobile phone business into television and broadband services.

“The collaboration with Viaccess-Orca will enable us to offer Belgian consumers competitive cable TV services,” said Jean Marc Harion, CEO of  Mobistar, in a statement.

Harion said that Viaccess-Orca’s Prime Sentinel exceeds the company’s requirements for content protection to guarantee the security of the television content and revenue streams.

François Moreau de Saint Martin, CEO, Viaccess-Orca said that engaging end-users with premium content services means for content service providers to adopt flexible, reliable and scalable security solutions.

Viaccess-Orca (VO) is a global player in the protection and enhancement of content services.

“Our Prime Sentinel smart card-based security solution, leveraging VO cloud for rights management and monitoring managed services, will be the security cornerstone for Mobistar’s upcoming TV service as it builds up a competitive multiple play service offering,” said Martin. 

Earlier in January, Mobistar announced that has made the necessary payments to the cable operators for the introduction of the cable regulation. The period of 6 months for its realization has now started.

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

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