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In the video environment, cardless security has caught up to, and in some instances is preferable to, smartcard security, according to research from Cartesian.

cardless security 13 sept 2017In its Future of Broadcast Cardless Security Revisited report, Cartesian predicts cardless and smartcard security would be equivalent in effectiveness by the end of 2017. Now, a full 53% of respondents said that the security offered by cardless is equivalent to smartcards. One survey respondent noted, “with two-way connectivity and embedded security, cardless is superior to card-based for 90% of the cases”.

Survey data from 2012 suggested that content re-distribution would be operators’ primary concern, and this is overwhelmingly true today. With streaming services gaining popularity, Cartesian predicts that content owners will play an important role in fighting re-distribution.

Also, five years ago, cardless technology was deemed appropriate for operators with a low volume of premium content. Today, cardless systems are suitable for deployments of any size, and in five years, 75% of operators say they will be completely cardless.

And finally, Cartesian recommended the adoption of additional technologies like watermarking to combat content redistribution. Today, 50% of operators implement forensic watermarking technology. In the future, watermarking will increasingly be mandated by content owners, and 79% of operators expect to deploy it within five years.