Content security specialist Verimatrix has acquired the assets that comprise the Akamai Identity Services (AIS) product from CDN giant Akamai.
The acquisition will help Verimatrix provide a common authentication system to reduce friction within the content distribution workflow for TV everywhere services and ultimately support new ways to increase the value of the content chain on a global level.
According to the company, AIS enables content providers and video service operators to bring authenticated TV everywhere services to market by providing a common framework for implementing and scaling proprietary provider-operator relationships.
Verimatrix will offer the enhanced and rebranded authentication services as an integrated component of the Verimatrix Content Authority System and Viewthority, its newly launched connected content distribution platform, as well as a standalone solution.
Verimatrix now has access to the over 300 existing global operator integrations for AIS, which features identity standards support for new integrations such as SAML and OAUTH. The solution features flexible fraud protections to meet contractual obligations, prevent credential sharing, and mitigate password sharing, plus self-service configuration tools for operators for a custom subscriber experience, according to the company.
“This acquisition fits perfectly with our roadmap to streamline content workflows via cloud-based technologies to connect global consumers with great content. We are able to extend the value of these global identity services under our solution umbrella and provide a more flexible, yet standards-based alternative that will improve the experience for consumers and open new markets for content providers and programmers,” said Mike Kleiman, COO of Verimatrix.
“As a long-standing partner, we know that Verimatrix will be able to enrich the AIS core technology and help content providers take TV Everywhere to the next level. This is a natural extension to Verimatrix’s value proposition of securing and enhancing revenue by supporting new ways to monetize content,” said Campbell Foster, VP of media industry and product marketing, Akamai.