NEWS & VIEWS Securing content on the cloud: Challenges and requirements According to the latest reports from Digital TV Research, over-the-top (OTT) TV and video revenues for 17 countries in the Asia-Pacific region will reach more than US$18 billion in 2021, up from $5.7 billion last year. Given the exponential growth in the Asia-Pacific region, security is ultra-critical. Without relevant, comprehensive content protection schemes, service providers will not be able to effectively monetise their investment. Let’s take a look at how cloud-based security is making an impact on the industry. Cloud-based TV platform as a service (PaaS) offerings are gaining popularity among service providers for their flexibility, scalability and agility. While cloud-based security solutions can be more reliable, it’s important that operators carefully consider the content protection technologies involved. Not all cloud-based TV PaaS offer the same security capabilities. To be compatible with various consumer devices, service providers need to choose a PaaS that protects content throughout the entire workflow — from ingestion or upload of the assets from the content provider to encryption into the different profiles of linear and non-linear streams. A reliable and versatile secure player is required on the client side to cope with the continuous evolution in the fragmented device market. Digital rights management (DRM) in hosted or cloud environments greatly simplifies the management of various content packaging formats, streaming protocols and DRM, allowing operators to use a single platform in a multi-tenant mode of operations. For situations requiring real-time onthe-fly packaging of content, such as network PVR (nPVR) and catch-up TV deployments, content service providers can greatly benefit from the scalability and elasticity of cloud infrastructures. From a content preparation perspective, operators should rely on MPEG-DASH with CENC encryption and a multi-DRM scheme, and on HLS for iOS devices. Operators can minimise the number of profiles stored on origin servers through real-time on-the-fly packaging and decrease the number of streams cached at the content delivery network (CDN) level by leveraging MPEG-DASH, Jean-Christophe Jubin, VP, Sales, APAC, Viaccess-Orca DRM in hosted or cloud environments greatly simplifies the management of various content packaging formats, streaming protocols and DRM, allowing operators to use a single platform in a multitenant mode of operations. especially for live content. Today, cardless is being used more and more for conditional access systems (CAS). At Viaccess-Orca, we recommend that service providers use a combined solution for card-based and cardless CAS, using the same backend and the same software in the set-top box (STB). A dual system allows operators to run a single system from a single vendor, rather than forcing them to choose one technology over another. The card responds to the most demanding security concerns of content owners, while the cardless option allows for flexible and dynamic deployment. With rapid growth in the AsiaPacific region, cloud-based TV PaaS offerings with best-in-class security are the ideal choice to quickly respond to the changing market, scale across devices, meet complex requirements, and provide a rich and consistent user experience. Viaccess-Orca has been an active provider of security solutions in Asia for more than 15 years. The company enjoys commercial presence in Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. Deployments at Singtel, CCN, VSTV and Reliance, combined with a comprehensive range of security and TV Everywhere (TVE) products, make Viaccess-Orca a credible player in the Asian market with the capability to respond to the security demands of operators and broadcasters for OTT/multi-screen offerings. q October 2016 What’s New on TV n Learn Mandarin on Miao Mi SINGAPORE – Celestial Tiger Entertainment (CTE) has launched its kids channel, Miao Mi, on Mediacorp’s over-the-top (OTT) service, Toggle, and Singtel TV’s new OTT service, Cast. Miao Mi, a Mandarin edutainment channel created for pre-school children across Asia, encourages children to learn Mandarin in a fun and engaging way. Programmes that are premiering on Miao Mi include: Math Fun with Ria, an animated series produced by South Korean educational broadcaster EBS, which teaches pre-schoolers mathematical fundamentals; and Peek-a-boo, a live-action series produced by Japanese public broadcaster NHK, designed to inspire kids’ curiosity through interesting visuals and sounds. All programmes are dubbed in Mandarin, and empower children’s learning with a unique n ITV Produced by South Korea’s educational broadcaster EBS, Math Fun with Ria (above) teaches pre-schoolers mathematical fundamentals, and is now available on CTE’s kids channel, Miao Mi. Asian perspective, said CTE. Children can also catch Miao Mi Classroom, hosted by the channel mascot, which uses animated flash cards and catchy songs to facilitate the learning of Mandarin. Choice crowns Victoria The eight-part Victoria follows the early life of Queen Victoria, played by Jenna Coleman, from her ascension to throne through to her marriage with Prince Albert. HONG KONG – ITV Choice has premiered a new drama series, Victoria, across Asia and the Middle East. Starring Jenna Coleman as young Queen Victoria, the eight-part drama follows the early life of Queen Victoria, from her ascension to throne at the age of 18 to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert. Victoria went on to rule for 63 years, and was the longest-serving monarch until Elizabeth II overtook her last month. Alongside Coleman are Tom Hughes as Prince Albert and Rufus Sewell as Lord Melbourne, Victoria’s first prime minister. Produced by Mammoth Screen, Victoria is novelist Daisy Goodwin’s screenwriting debut. She also served as executive producer alongside Dan McCulloch and Damien Timmer, managing director for Mammoth Screen. n MTV presents an Asian music feast PHOTO CREDIT: AIMANESS HARUN 12 Catch Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna’s interview and performance on MTV Asia Spotlight. MALAYSIA – Asian music fans can look forward to more music and dance programmes from MTV. Starting off with regional monthly special MTV Asia Spotlight, fans can watch spotlighted artists’ music videos, interviews, performances and other exclusive content. One artist recently highlighted is Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna, who performed Crush from her third studio album, Chapters. MTV has also added two music chart programmes, EDM Countdown and Viral Countdown, to whet music lovers’ appetites for different music genres. Hosted by MTV VJs Alan Wong and Hanli Hoefer, Viral Countdown shares the trending tracks across major social music sites, while in EDM Countdown, the duo gives fans their weekly dose of the most popular electronic and dance music tracks.