Eurovision Services and Ateme conduct first test of enhanced BISS-CA audio features

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GENEVA/PARIS, 2 August 2022At a recent major sports event in France, Eurovision Services and Ateme carried out the first-ever test of enhanced features of the BISS-CA encryption standard that allow content owners to grant conditional access to individual audio feeds.

Although Eurovision Services has been using the BISS-CA standard for encrypting live event signals for over a year, this is the first time that the enhanced features allowing encryption of individual audio feeds have been tested in an “as-live” context. To do so, Eurovision Services worked with Ateme on a separate, isolated encrypted live signal from a major sport event in France. The signal was encoded using an Ateme TITAN encoder, with separate encryptions for individual audio feeds, then routed exclusively to the Eurovision Services Network Operations Centre in Geneva, where Ateme TITAN and KYRION decoders descrambled and decoded the different multi-audio scenarios produced from the source.

Amine Hafnaoui, Head of Global Operations and Engineering at Eurovision Services, commented on the successful completion of the test: “The encryption of content is of paramount importance for content owners and sport federations and the preservation of an authentic broadcast signal is therefore a major pillar of our industry. In addition to encrypting a live video feed to protect its authenticity, audio content has now also become an important additional layer in this process. Therefore, partnering with Ateme was an obvious step for developing such an interesting feature for the market. Following this first test, we now have new possibilities for content owners to customise the distribution of their video and audio content.

This is an exciting time for the media industry,” said Julien Mandel, Senior Marketing Director on Contribution and Distribution at Ateme. “With these enhanced BISS-CA features, video service providers can now enable segmentation, offering more personalized services with opportunities for upselling. It has been a rewarding experience to make this happen and to innovate once again with Eurovision Services. And with BISS-CA having proved to be secure, interoperable, simple, and increasingly scalable – first in watermarking and now audio management – I look forward to seeing where it will take us next!

About Ateme

Ateme is a global leader of video compression and delivery solutions, helping tier-one content providers, service providers and streaming platforms boost their viewers’ engagement and reduce churn.

Leveraging an R&D task force that is unique in the video industry, Ateme’s solutions power sustainable TV services, improve end-users’ quality of experience, optimize the total cost of ownership of TV/VOD services, and generate new revenue streams based on personalization and ad insertion. Beyond offering technological agility, Ateme partners with its customers, offering flexible business models that match their financial priorities.

Find out more: www.ateme.com.

About Eurovision Services

Thanks to Eurovision Services hybrid network, comprising satellite capacity, the FiNE optical fibre network and low-latency Internet connectivity, Eurovision Services is able to provide global connectivity solutions to meet the demands of the world’s biggest live events.

Our service portfolio is designed not just to distribute content but to offer the agility and ability to enhance and adapt it to the needs of rights owners and broadcasters alike. Thanks to years of experience distributing some of the world’s biggest live events we are in a unique position to understand the needs and challenges our customers. That’s why we guarantee to maximise the value of their content while removing all the complexity in broadcast to leave them free to focus on running the most successful event possible.

Discover more about Eurovision Services at www.eurovision.net.