Motorola’s acquisition of SecureMedia earlier this year sparked some interest in the trade pubs, but there’s been little follow-up to date. Since I’ve been equally negligent in my own coverage here, this seems like a good time to peek in on what SecureMedia is up to. If you haven’t been following along at home, SecureMedia does software-based content security – a nice complement to Motorola’s conditional access legacy in the cable industry. The SecureMedia team has been working with production studios since the 1990s, and the technology covers encryption, authentication, clone detection (making sure there are no black boxes on the network), and tamper detection. Historically, SecureMedia deployments have come primarily in the telecom space, with a good number of them running outside the US.
Unsurprisingly, part of Motorola’s goal is to secure further SecureMedia contracts with large operators both here and abroad. That includes cable operators, and I’m expecting to see SecureMedia on site in the Motorola booth later this week at SCTE. Since SecureMedia is an open software technology, it can be ported to any device, which also makes it suitable as a solution for multi-screen services. Note that I said “any device.” That means we’re not just talking Motorola hardware here either. Be it a set-top, handset, PC, or any other kind of connected device, the SecureMedia solution will work across the board. That’s one of its main differentiators.
Traditional television service providers today are still very much dependent on hardware-based content security. But we’re on the cusp of a major transition. That’s why Motorola brought SecureMedia in house. And why I believe we’ll see a higher profile from the SecureMedia team in the near future.