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Open Authentication Technology Committee Announces Online Multimedia Authorization Protocol Draft Specification

Draft Standard Now Available for Public Comment Provides MVPDs and Programmers with Tools to Give Consumers Access to Subscription TV Content on Internet-connected Devices

San Ramon, CA – April 4, 2012 – The Open Authentication Technology Committee (OATC), a non-profit industry association of programmers/content owners, multi-channel video program distributors (MVPDs), technology companies, and system integrators, announced today its Online Multimedia Authorization Protocol (OMAP) draft specification is now available for public download and comment on its website.

The OATC OMAP specification is a voluntary open standard that provides MVPDs and programmers with consistent technology guidelines for verification service systems that make customers’ subscription content available online across a variety of Internet-based platforms.

OATC standards secure back-end data exchanges between content websites/applications and MVPD billing and authentication systems that preserve consumer anonymity and privacy. In addition, the standards define the architecture, protocols and data formats needed to build and deploy interoperable systems that authorize access by consumers.

The OMAP specification will benefit stakeholders in the online subscription content ecosystem:

• Multimedia content publishers and distributors will reduce unauthorized access to content, share a common architecture to minimize operational overhead and cost and provide consumers with standardized, secure access to media content over the Internet using their home and mobile devices and client software.

• Technology vendors and third-party service providers can develop value-added services and commercial solutions to deploy across the entire subscription content ecosystem.

• Consumers get choice, convenience and a simple and consistent experience, unlike today’s proprietary solutions.

“OATC is creating the open standards needed to enable simple online access to subscription TV services by bridging the gaps in existing technology with practical and workable solutions” said Glenn Reitmeier, OATC president. “We are very excited to announce this preview of our first of several standards to come that will help MVPDs and programmers give their subscribers more choices than ever before.”

The OATC is inviting the public to download the draft specification and provide comments by May 4, 2012.

The OATC is a non-profit industry association of programmers/content owners, multi-channel video program distributors (MVPDs), technology companies, and system integrators. The mission of the OATC is to develop voluntary technical standards that can be used to implement a system of authenticated access to subscription video content on the Internet. Principal members of the OATC include CBS Interactive, DIRECTV, Cox Communications, Discovery, Disney/ESPN Media, Fox Networks Group, HBO, NBC Universal, Showtime Networks Inc., Turner Broadcasting System, Univision and Viacom.

John Ehrig
OATC Executive Director

Submitted On: 4/3/2012

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