The Open Authentication Technology Committee (OATC), a non-profit industry association of programmers/content owners, multi-channel video programme distributors (MVPDs), technology companies, and system integrators, has confirmed its Online Multimedia Authorization Protocol (OMAP) draft specification is now available for public comment and download.
The OATC OMAP specification is a voluntary open standard that provides MVPDs and programmers with consistent technology guidelines for verification service systems that make customers’ subscription content available online across a variety of Internet-based platforms.
OATC standards secure back-end data exchanges between content websites/applications and MVPD billing and authentication systems that preserve consumer anonymity and privacy. In addition, the standards define the architecture, protocols and data formats needed to build and deploy interoperable systems that authorise access by consumers.
The OMAP specification will benefit stakeholders in the online subscription content ecosystem:
“OATC is creating the open standards needed to enable simple online access to subscription TV services by bridging the gaps in existing technology with practical and workable solutions,” said Glenn Reitmeier, OATC president. “We are very excited to announce this preview of our first of several standards to come that will help MVPDs and programmers give their subscribers more choices than ever before.”
The OATC is inviting the public to download (http://www.oatc.us/Standards/Download.aspx) the draft specification and provide comments by May 4, 2012.