Sweden’s largest multichannel TV provider, Com Hem Group, operates both IPTV and cable networks and, after acquiring the terrestrial broadcaster Boxer in 2016, a DVB-T network. The company has been a leader in user interfaces since 2013 when it brought TiVo to Sweden. In 2017 the company developed a unified viewing experience across broadcast, catch-up, OTT, TVOD and SVOD services. When the company considered how to realize this next-gen video project, it evaluated the potential pros and cons of traditional turnkey development, the RDK open-source software, and the increasingly popular Android TV Operator Tier.
Com Hem selected Android TV and engaged with 3 Screen Solutions (3SS) as overall project coordinator. Technicolor supplied an Android TV STB, and Verimatrix provided the Pay TV security. This was a major project undertaking with unique challenges, being the world’s first large scale Android N (Nougat) deployment based on Android TV Operator Tier. The content security aspect is crucial given that Android TV is an open environment. Special care must be taken to separate the Pay TV security processing and data from the other apps in this open environment. This is a very different challenge compared to the closed environments of traditional STBs.
This case study explores how the content for all services across all Com Hem’s three networks and screens is secured end-to-end by the Verimatrix VCAS Ultra revenue security solution.
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