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Global Content Protection Market, Forecast to 2021

Global Content Protection Market, Forecast to 2021

Video service operators continue to rely heavily on content protection technologies to secure content, protect revenue, and meet content licensing obligations. However, the nature of protection technologies is expanding to encompass changing content delivery and rendering destinations including consumer electronics (CE) device apps and browsers. There is also increasing flexibility in the types of technologies used to protect keys and content, provided by growing availability of two-way connectivity of rendering devices in contrast to traditional one-way broadcasting architectures. Global content protection market revenues will grow from nearly $1.7 billion in 2016 to just shy of $2 billion by 2021, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.4%.

This study analyzes current revenues and future growth potential of the content protection market in terms of 4 application segments: IPTV, cable, satellite direct-to-home (DTH), and other service (including online services and pay DTT); in terms of protection type (CAS, DRM, and other); and by region (North America and Latin America; Europe, the Middle East and Africa; and Asia-Pacific). The CAS segment is further analyzed in terms of hardware and cardless clients. Competitive landscape and technical trends are discussed in depth.

Growing parity between online and managed network programming is causing multi-DRM systems to reach the same level of business-critical importance that CAS has always enjoyed. Watermarking and secure playback clients are also playing critical roles in safeguarding content and businesses. This study covers all these aspects of content protection. The research reported here is based on extensive conversations with market participants and influencers. Forecasts (2017–2021) are additionally based on in-depth demand analysis data, including video on demand (VOD) subscribers and CE device sales.

Key Questions This Study Will Answer:
• Is the market growing? How long will it continue to grow and at what rate?
• Are the existing competitors structured correctly to meet customer needs?
• Is this an industry or a market? Will these companies/products/services continue to exist or will they be acquired by other companies? Will these products/services become features in other markets?
• What are the current pricing trends in the market, and how are competitors continuing to provide value-priced products?
• What technical trends are shaping the marketplace today? What disruptions are on the horizon, and what implications does this have on future product strategy?
• What regional trends exist in digitization, pay TV, and over-the-top (OTT) services, and what do they mean for vendors’ global growth strategies?

This study is one in a series of full-length and topical research deliverables provided by Frost & Sullivan in the general area of content protection.


  • Executive Summary
    • Key Findings
    • Market Engineering Measurements
    • CEO's Perspective
  • Market Overview
    • Frost & Sullivan Digital Media Value Chain Coverage
    • Market Definitions
    • Regions Covered
    • Market Overview—Definitions of Market
    • Functional Overview of DRM and CAS
    • DRM, CAS, and Blurring Boundaries
    • Media Playback Ecosystem—Types of Stakeholders
    • Market Overview—Definitions of Segments
    • Market Overview—Breakdown by Service Type in Base Year
    • Market Overview—Definitions of Application Segments
    • Market Overview—Breakdown by Content Protection Technology in Base Year
    • Market Overview—Definitions of Market Metrics
    • Market Overview—Key Questions this Study will Answer
    • Regional Market Life Cycle Analysis
    • Regional Market Life Cycle Analysis Discussion
  • Drivers and Restraints—Total Content Protection Market
    • Market Drivers
    • Drivers Explained
      • Table Consumer Video Devices Market: Unit Forecast, Global, 2016–2021
    • Market Restraints
    • Restraints Explained
  • Forecasts and Trends—Total Content Protection Market
    • Forecast Assumptions
    • Risks to Frost & Sullivan Market Forecasts
    • Revenue Forecast
      • Table Total Content Protection Market: Revenue Forecast, Global, 2016–2021
    • Percent Revenue Forecast by Region
      • Table Total Content Protection Market: Percent Revenue Forecast by Region, Global, 2016–2021
    • Revenue Forecast by Region
      • Table Total Content Protection Market: Revenue Forecast by Region, Global, 2016-2021
    • Revenue Forecast Discussion
    • Revenue Forecast by Protection Technology
      • Table Total Content Protection Market: Revenue Forecast by Protection Technology, Global, 2016–2021
    • Percent Revenue Forecast by Protection Technology
      • Table Total Content Protection Market: Percent Revenue Forecast by Protection Technology, Global, 2016–2021
    • Revenue Forecast by Service Type
      • Table Total Content Protection Market: Revenue Forecast by Service Type, Global, 2016–2021
    • Percent Revenue Forecast by Service Type
      • Table Total Content Protection Market: Percent Revenue Forecast by Service Type, Global, 2016–2021
    • Revenue Forecast Discussion
    • CAS Segment Revenue Forecast by Client Type
      • Table CAS Segment: Revenue Forecast by Client Type, Global, 2016–2021
    • CAS Segment Percent Revenue Forecast by Client Type
      • Table CAS Segment: Percent Revenue Forecast by Client Type, Global, 2016–2021
    • Hardware CAS Unit Forecast
      • Table Hardware CAS Segment: Unit Shipment Forecast, Global, 2016–2021
    • Cardless CAS Unit Forecast
      • Table Cardless CAS Segment: Unit Shipment Forecast, Global, 2016–2021
    • Pricing Trends and Forecast Discussion
  • Market Share and Competitive Analysis—Total Content Protection Market
    • Methodology for Market Share and Competitive Analysis
    • Market Share—Total Market
    • Market Share—CAS Segment
    • Competitive Environment
    • Competitive Factors and Assessment
    • Competitive Landscape
    • Market Leaders—Cisco Systems and NAGRA
    • Market Challengers and Contenders
  • Growth Opportunities and Companies to Action
    • Transformation in the Pay TV Industry Ecosystem—2016
    • 5 Major Growth Opportunities
    • Growth Opportunity 1—Cable Upgrades and IP-fication
    • Growth Opportunity 2—Cardless CAS
    • Growth Opportunity 3—Multi-DRM
    • Growth Opportunity 4—Secure Playback
    • Growth Opportunity 5—High-End Content Protection
    • Strategic Imperatives for Content Protection Providers
  • Technical Trends
    • Unmanaged or Unmanageable?
    • OTT Content Protection—Many Forms
    • Elements of a DRM System
  • IPTV Segment Analysis
    • IPTV Segment Key Findings
    • Market Engineering Measurements
      • Table IPTV Segment: Market Engineering Measurements, Global, 2016
    • Revenue Forecast
      • Table IPTV Segment: Revenue Forecast, Global, 2016–2021
    • Revenue Forecast by Region
      • Table IPTV Segment: Revenue Forecast by Region, Global, 2016–2021
    • Percent Revenue Forecast by Region
      • Table IPTV Segment: Percent Revenue Forecast by Region, Global, 2016–2021
    • Revenue Forecast Discussion
    • Market Share
  • Cable Segment Analysis
    • Cable Segment Key Findings
    • Market Engineering Measurements
      • Table Cable Segment: Market Engineering Measurements, Global, 2016
    • Revenue Forecast
      • Table Cable Segment: Revenue Forecast, Global, 2016–2021
    • Revenue Forecast by Region
      • Table Cable Segment: Revenue Forecast by Region, Global, 2016–2021
    • Percent Revenue Forecast by Region
      • Table Cable Segment: Percent Revenue Forecast by Region, Global, 2016–2021
    • Revenue Forecast Discussion
    • Market Share
  • Satellite DTH Segment Analysis
    • Satellite DTH Segment Key Findings
    • Market Engineering Measurements
      • Table Satellite DTH Segment: Market Engineering Measurements, Global, 2016
    • Revenue Forecast
      • Table Satellite DTH Segment: Revenue Forecast, Global, 2016–2021
    • Revenue Forecast by Region
      • Table Satellite DTH Segment: Revenue Forecast by Region, Global, 2016–2021
    • Percent Revenue Forecast by Region
      • Table Satellite DTH Segment: Percent Revenue Forecast by Region, Global, 2016–2021
    • Revenue Forecast Discussion
    • Market Share
  • Conclusions
    • The Last Word—Predictions
    • The Last Word—Recommendations
  • Appendix
    • Market Engineering Methodology
    • Market Engineering Measurements
      • Table Total Content Protection Market: Market Engineering Measurements, Global, 2016
    • Related Research Services
    • Partial List of Companies Interviewed
    • Table of Acronyms Used

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