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Conditional access systems (CAS) refer to content protection solutions used widely to control unauthorized contents or intruders to access to audio and video content. Generally, these systems are installed at the receiving end of audio and video such as digital set-tops boxes of the consumers. One of the most dominant factors driving the conditional control system market is the analog to digital transformation of the TV transmission in developing countries of the Asia Pacific.
With the growing demand of digital setup boxes from tier2 and tier3 cities of India and China the global conditional access market is expected to grow in coming years. Moreover the advancement in wireless broadcasting and media industry in the developed markets in Europe and North America is also expected to increase the demand of control access system market during the forecast period. The increasing adoption of high definition (HD) television broadcast mostly in tier 1 cities of developing countries, growing adoption of internet protocol television (IPTV) and rising demand of digital radio services has boosted the adoption of next-generation conditional access system in the market. The low demand of conditional access system from Africa and Middle-East is hindering the control access system market expansion.
Based on the different solution type used in a conditional access system the global conditional access system market can be bifurcated as Smartcard-based CAS, and Card-less CAS. Based on the various applications the global conditional access market can be bifurcated as television, digital radio, and internet services.
Television segmented accounted for the largest among all other segments in terms of revenue in 2014. Television segment accounts more than 50% of the total control system access market. The high market share of television segment is attributed to the greater market penetration of high definition digital television in North America, and Europe. The television segment is expected to hold its dominance even during the forecast period attributed to the digitization of TV transmission in Asia Pacific and Latin America.
North America was the largest control access system market in 2014 in terms of the revenue. The market dominance of North America is attributed to higher adoption of advanced TV transmission services such as High Definition (HD) television. Moreover the North America also accounts for the large number of internet protocol television (IPTV) users, which interns helping the adoption of a control access system in the region. It is then followed by Europe. The Asia Pacific market for control access system is expected to witness the highest growth during the forecast period. The high growth in the region is attributed to the presence of large internet infrastructure in the region. Moreover the ongoing transformation of analog to digital TV transmission in India and China is also boosting the growth of control access system market in the region.
Global control access system market is fragmented with a large number of small regional players and a small number of multinational players. Some of the major players operating in the global conditional access system (CAS) market include, Cisco Systems, Inc., Nagravision SA (Kudelski Group), Irdeto, Inc., Austrian Broadcasting Services GmbH & Co. KG (ORS Group), Wellav Technologies Ltd., Latens Systems Ltd. , Verimatrix, Inc., Viaccess-Orca (Orange Group), Coretrust, Inc., Alticast Corporation, China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd.,and ARRIS Group, Inc.