ABI forecasts cardless CAS in Cable Networks Grows 300% from 5M Units in 2012 to 21.5 Million in 2017. ABI says Cardless CAS has been used for a number of years in two-way IPTV systems, where the set-top box can exchange information continuously with the CAS server. However, these systems provide many opportunities to offer robust security that differ from traditional broadcast (one-way) networks. We are entering a wave of cardless CAS delivered over one-way cable or satellite networks, which cannot rely on exchange of information from the set-top box to the CAS server, except perhaps during device installation.
“Cisco (NDS) has shipped the most units of cardless security to Cablevision based on its K-LAD system,” according to Sam Rosen, practice director at ABI Research. “However, Nagra and Irdeto are leading this wave of shipments in low ARPU regions, while Verimatrix’s cardless technology is robust and gaining market attention.”