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Insight Picks Harmonic to Protect VOD Content

Insight Communications is relying on a real-time encryption system from Harmonic Inc. to protect its video-on-demand (VOD) programming from theft.

Insight is making use of Harmonic's Narrowcast Services Gateway (NSG) enabled with 'privacy mode' real-time encryption. The MSO, which offers VOD services in at least 13 markets, added the extra protection features through a software upgrade to the NSGs that it had already deployed.

Harmonic says the encryption platform will allow Insight to offer bigger libraries of on-demand content to subscribers via IP-based video transport streams, while ensuring that only authorized users have access to premium and other subscription programming. Real-time encryption systems are considered more scaleable and easier to use than traditional pre-encryption systems, which require cable operators to store multiple versions of the same program.

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