Eurovision Services To Deploy BISS-CA Encryption

Eurovision Services will implement BISS-CA encryption across its Eurovision Global Network from 2020.

After extensive testing and evaluation of available encryption systems, Eurovision Services has decided to adopt the BISS-CA protocol alongside its existing proprietary HMCrypt system as the main technologies to protect transmissions on the Eurovision Global Network originating in teleports, SNGs, and PoPs.

The BISS-CA protocol is particularly suited to SNG operations, since it can easily be integrated by the SNG operator and allows flexible management, in real-time, of the receiver base that is entitled to receive transmissions. It also allows the encryption keys to be changed dynamically during a live event transmission and can incorporate forensic watermarking to determine the origin of any leaks.

“I’m delighted that we will be implementing the BISS-CA protocol from next year,” says Eurovision Services CEO Marco Tinnirello. “We understand sports federations needs for security for their transmissions and this encryption standard addresses those needs with a secure, transparent, traceable and vendor-agnostic contribution and primary distribution system for live event content with a solution that has been developed by the European Broadcasting Union Technology & Innovation team together with its broadcast industry partners.”

Eurovision Services will start its first transmissions using the BISS-CA protocol at a regional level in early 2020 and aims to roll out the new technology on a global scale in the second half of 2020.