Conditional Access and DRM for Broadcast Systems

3 Day Course
Code PWL270

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Classroom Virtual Classroom Private Group - Virtual Self-Paced Online


Content Protection for broadcasters is highly important. This course examines the technical architecture of content protection systems used by broadcasters. It identifies the objectives and key techniques necessary for successful systems and analyzes Conditional Access and Digital Rights Management used in broadcast systems. Standards exist from ETSI within the DVB family of technical specification and from the Open IPTV Forum. These approaches will be analyzed in some detail.


Upon completion candidates will be able to:

  • Identify the functions of content protection systems
  • Compare cryptographic techniques employed to identify strengths and weaknesses
  • Describe how standardised DVB Conditional Access systems function
  • Use a Transport stream Analyzer to identify the Conditional Access System used
  • Analyze Conditional Access And Service Information Tables
  • Recognise the DVB CA Interface
  • Describe how Digital Rights Management functions
  • Describe the IPTV Forum approach to content protection
  • Examine Youview, Marlin and Nagra systems

Target Audience

Who Should Attend:

Project Managers, Systems Engineers, Systems Integrators, Developers and service delivery engineers who have and interest in learning about the security of content over an IPTV network.


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Content Protection (18 topics)

  • Objectives of content protection
  • Intellectual property that must be protected
  • Legal and technical requirements
  • ETSI and Open IPTV Forum (OIPF) approaches
  • OMA Open Mobile Alliance
  • Cryptographic tools
  • Symmetric and public key encryption systems
  • Stream and block ciphers
  • AES encryption standard
  • Digital signatures
  • Watermarking systems
  • Protection Systems
  • Conditional Access
  • DVB Simulcrypt and Multicrypt
  • DRM Digital Rights Management
  • Protected Media Path
  • HDMI High-Definition Multimedia Interface
  • HDCP High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection

DVB Conditional Access Systems (21 topics)

  • MPEG Transport streams
  • Analyzing a transport stream using TSreader Hands-on
  • Service Information Table Structure
  • CA Identification Codes
  • Basic symmetric key encryption used
  • CA Table
  • Control Words
  • Encrypted Control Word Key transmission
  • Variable key encryption
  • ECM frequency
  • Odd Even Key system
  • User Management - EMMs
  • Subscriber cards
  • Subscriber System Management
  • ECM and EMM based system enhancements
  • Fingerprinting
  • Pairing
  • Blackouts
  • ECMs and EMMs in the MPEG Transport Stream
  • ECM Bandwidth Calculation
  • EMM Bandwidth/Latency Calculation

Digital Rights Management (37 topics)

  • Typical DRM Models
  • Protected Services
  • DRM Delivery Model
  • Compliance and Robustness
  • Copyleft and Copyright
  • Data room
  • Fair use
  • Floating licensing
  • Hardware restrictions
  • License manager
  • Open Digital Rights Language (ODRL)
  • Open Music Model
  • Product activation
  • Smart contracts
  • Smart Cow Problem
  • Software metering
  • Superdistribution
  • Tivoization
  • Trusted Computing
  • Voluntary Collective Licensing
  • Extensible Rights Markup Language (XrML)
  • Rights Expression Language (REL) for MPEG-21
  • Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) DRM v.2.0
  • OMA Marlin DRM standards
  • Authentication, Content Protection and
  • Service Protection
  • Subscriber Domain License
  • Microsoft DRM System
  • Microsoft Protected Media Path
  • NAGRA Media Solutions
  • NAGRA Media DTT
  • NAGRA Media DTH
  • NAGRA Media IPTV
  • NAGRA Media OTT

Services (3 topics)

  • Yourview and how customers will get it
  • Freeview
  • Freesat


Delegates should have a good understanding of IPTV technology and general broadcasting principles

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