Sheila Cassells, AEPOC, HBB TV Connected TV Event

With sales of connected or smart TVs reaching 40 million units in 2010, another 60 million forecast for 2011 and growing fast to over 500 million units shipped by 2015 can content providers be sure that their services and apps are secure?

Already the EBU – echoed by other broadcaster groups – has expressed concern about the need to protect the integrity of, and investment in, their content. Equally, many consumer electronics companies are expressing the need for clear roadmaps and standards.

Recognising that content creation and investment is key to the attraction of hybrid services and devices to consumers AEPOC & Intellect – Europe’s audiovisual anti-piracy association and the UK’s technology association – have come together to organise a discussion to explore whether connected TV devices and hybrid platforms offer adequate safeguards against copyright infringement.

Opening words will be given by Marc Welinski, Director of Marketing and Commercial Strategy from Eutelsat, host of the AEPOC and Intellect event at IBC.

Moderated by Julian Clover, digital TV expert and journalist, the discussion will bring together leading players from the consumer electronics, content and security worlds.

Confirmed speakers include: Michael Barley, Group Director of Security, BSkyB; Sylvain Audigier, Director of Department of Innovation, New Technologies and Networks, TF1; and Christine Maury-Panis, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Viaccess-France Telecom.

Among the questions which will be discussed are:
- can device manufacturers provide the required safeguards to content providers;
- are there lessons to be learned from the pay TV STB model;
- who maintains the security; who is responsible if the security is broken;
- how are content providers remunerated;
- will the existence of more than one security system hinder the growth of Hbb?

Hosted by Sheila Cassells, Executive Director of AEPOC and William Higham, Director Consumer Electronics, Intellect, the event will be held at IBC2011 in Amsterdam on Sunday 11 September 2011 at 12.30 CET. Registration required. Contact: Ansgar Gerber a.gerber@susbauer.de