Global Pay TV Content Protection Market

  • November 2012
  • -
  • Frost & Sullivan
  • -
  • 152 pages

This research service provides a detailed Market Engineering analysis of the global pay TV content protection market which includes both Conditional Access Systems and Digital Rights Management Systems. The service ranks and explains market drivers and restraints. It also provides forecasts for revenue and unit shipments. The service outlines current distribution channels in addition to forecasting and analyzing market demand. Segment breakdowns are included for Internet protocol television (IPTV), satellite DTH, and cable. Regions covered include Asia-Pacific (APAC); North America and Latin America (NALA); and Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). The base year is 2011 and the study period is from 2010 to 2016.

Executive Summary
•Content piracy is a constant problem for both content owners and the Pay TV service providers who deliver broadcast and network content to subscribers. Conditional Access Systems (CAS) and Digital Rights Management (DRM) systems protect content delivered to managed devices like set top boxes (STBs) and unmanaged devices like PCs, smart TVs and handheld devices against unauthorized distribution and piracy.
•Across applications, cable and satellite are the larger segments in the content protection market, while IPTV is growing at the fastest rate. Other applications include mobile TV, Internet video subscription services, professional CAS systems and Pay DTT.
•In terms of regions, the market was more or less evenly divided across NALA, EMEA and APAC in 2011. While average prices are highest in NALA, ongoing digitization of highly populous countries such as India and China drive APAC to continued growth and dominance over the forecast period.
•Smart card based CAS remains the largest segment by form factor at nearly $xx million, accounting for slightly over half of the content protection market. CableCARD, cardless CAS and DRM systems on managed and unmanaged devices accounted for another xx percent of revenues in 2011 and will grow faster than smart card-based systems in the long run due to growing numbers of unmanaged devices, continued relevance of cardless CAS and above-average growth in IPTV which rarely uses smart card-based hardware for CAS. Head-end costs, professional service fees, maintenance fees and royalties account for the remaining market revenues.
•DRM is increasingly used by Pay TV providers, particularly for over the top (OTT) offerings, within the home behind a gateway, and in headends with next-generation integrated multi-screen architectures.
•The smart card segment is led by NDS and NAGRA, who together account for xx percent of hardware sales. CableCARD vendors include Cisco Systems, Motorola Mobility and NDS. The cardless CAS and DRM segments are highly fragmented – leading vendors include Microsoft (DRM), Viaccess (DRM) and Verimatrix (cardless CAS-DRM), with Cisco Systems, Motorola Mobility, NDS and NAGRA also accounting for significant revenues.
•China Digital TV and Irdeto are significant regional players in China, while Motorola Mobility and Cisco Systems form a virtual duopoly for cable conditional access in North America. Europe is more fragmented since DVB’s Simulcrypt standard opens up a relatively free market in the cable segment, and also because there is healthy diversity across Pay TV services like IPTV, DTT, Pay DTT, satellite and hybrid in addition to cable.
•The market has seen a flurry of M&A activity, with acquisitions of CAS companies by STB manufacturers such as the recent $xx billion takeover of NDS by Cisco and Pace’s acquisition of Latens; as well as several acquisitions of DRM companies such as SecureMedia by Motorola Mobility and Cloakware by Irdeto. Middleware and CAS companies are also finding synergies, evidenced by the recent merger of Viaccess and Orca (both France Telecom companies), the acquisition of Dreampark by Motorola Mobility, and the absorption of Open TV by NAGRA.
•Boundaries between CAS and DRM are blurring, with most CAS vendors now offering their own DRM as well, and with growing numbers of CAS and DRM clients being anchored in silicon.
•In 2011, Frost & Sullivan estimates the Pay TV content protection market earned $xx billion in revenues, rising to $xx billion by 2016. Vendors with a range of secure, flexible products for high end and low end needs across the globe will grow fastest in this rapidly changing yet lucrative market.

Table Of Contents


Executive Summary 4
Market Overview 11
Total Pay TV Content Protection Market -
•External Challenges: Drivers and Restraints 29
•Forecasts and Trends 42
•Demand Analysis and Technical Trends 56
•Market Share and Competitive Analysis 71
IPTV Segment Breakdown 89
Cable Segment Breakdown 99
DTH Segment Breakdown 112
Complementary Markets 123
Hot Company Watch List 129
The Last Word (Conclusions and Implications) 138
Appendix 142

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