Enhancing Broadcast Security with BISS-CA: Ateme’s Pioneering Role

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The Broadcast Industry Security Specification – Conditional Access (BISS-CA) standard is revolutionizing the way broadcasters secure their content. With its robust In-Band encryption and control capabilities, BISS-CA ensures that only authorized recipients can access the broadcast feed. This is a game-changer in an era where content piracy and unauthorized access are major concerns.

Growing Adoption of BISS-CA for Major Events

BISS-CA is increasingly being adopted to secure content during high-profile international events, such as the upcoming major event in Paris. As broadcasters seek to protect their valuable content from piracy, BISS-CA is becoming a standard practice. This widespread adoption underscores the industry’s recognition of BISS-CA as a reliable and effective solution for content security.

Ateme’s Involvement in Promoting BISS-CA

Ateme, being a leader in video delivery solutions for broadcast, cable, DTH, IPTV, and OTT, has been at the forefront of promoting and enhancing the BISS-CA standard. Our commitment to innovation and security has driven significant advancements in the implementation and utilization of BISS-CA across the industry.

Key Enhancements by Ateme

  1. Watermarking Insertion at Reception Controlled from the Source: Ateme has integrated advanced watermarking capabilities from several content protection providers into the BISS-CA framework. This feature allows broadcasters to insert unique watermarks into the content at the point of reception, with control mechanisms managed directly from the source. This ensures that any unauthorized distribution can be traced back to the original recipient, providing a powerful deterrent against content piracy.
  2. Securing Separated PIDs for Audio and SCTE-35 Markers: Another significant enhancement introduced by our solutions is the ability to secure separated Program IDentifier (PID) streams for audio or SCTE-35 markers. This allows broadcasters to manage entitlements for different elements of the broadcast separately. For instance:
    • Separated Audio Entitlements: Different audio tracks can be encrypted and controlled independently. This is particularly useful for multi-language broadcasts or providing alternative audio descriptions without compromising security.
    • SCTE-35 Markers for Advertisement Periods: Content Providers can insert and manage SCTE-35 markers for targeted advertising. With separate entitlements for each advertisement period, it is possible to propose to their takers different packages based on the period and duration of the ads, while ensuring that the integrity and security of the content are maintained.

Benefits of Ateme’s Enhancements

  • Enhanced Security: By integrating watermarking and PID separation, Ateme enhances the security of broadcast content, ensuring that only authorized receivers can access specific elements of the broadcast.
  • Flexibility in Content Delivery: Content Providers can offer more personalized and localized content, such as targeted ads and multi-language options, without risking unauthorized access.
  • Improved Traceability: Watermarking at reception allows for better tracking of content distribution, making it easier to identify and address unauthorized use.


Ateme’s advancements in the BISS-CA standard demonstrate our commitment to securing broadcast content in an increasingly complex digital landscape. By incorporating features like watermarking insertion and securing separated PIDs, Ateme is not only enhancing the standard but also setting a new benchmark for broadcast security. As the industry continues to evolve, innovations like these will be crucial in protecting valuable content and ensuring a seamless, secure viewing experience for audiences worldwide.

For more information, refer to the press release about our proof of concept conducted two years ago:

Eurovision Services and Ateme Conduct First Test of Enhanced BISS-CA Audio Features.

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