Farncombe and Intertrust Technologies have confirmed the implementation of a common encryption system for IP multicast. The move potentially enables IPTV companies to adopt a ‘Simulcrypt’ model over their networks combining both Conditional Access (CA) and Digital Rights Management (DRM) technologies – thereby enabling seamless secure content distribution to a variety of devices using different content security solutions.
The implementation is the result of joint development between the two companies, for which Farncombe carried out the architecture design and integration, while Intertrust provided its Content Packaging Tools and Marlin content protection solution. The move will help to remove the barriers dividing the DRM domain, generally used to protect on-demand services, and the CA one, usually limited to securing broadcast services.
Marlin is an open standard content security technology created in 2005 by Intertrust, Panasonic, Philips, Sony, and Samsung. To date, over 200 million devices are Marlin-enabled, with the Marlin standard being selected for broadcast, IPTV, PC, mobile, and embedded systems in national initiatives such as YouView (UK), Tivù (Italy), HD Forum (France), and the IPTV Forum (Japan).