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BT has selected Paywizard’s subscription and management platform to provide authentication for the BT Sports channels, and to connect BT’s internal subscriber management system (SMS) to Sky’s conditional access (CA) system.

With the Paywizard solution Sky customers around the UK and Ireland will be able to to subscribe to the exclusive new channels and view them through their existing set top box. Paywizard is providing BT Vision with a secondary system to supplement its existing technology architecture. This includes a business support system (BSS) and operations support system (OSS). Paywizard’s platform gives BT access to BskyB’s entire subscriber base for its BT Sport channels.

Paywizard’s knowledge and experience of operating on multiple platforms, including BT Vision, Sky and YouView, provides a dependable subsystem option for BT.

ABOUT BT

BT is one of the world’s leading communications services companies serving customers in the UK and in more than 170 countries worldwide. BT provides its customers with fixed-line, broadband, mobile, TV, and networked IT products and services. BT is launching a number of dedicated sports channels, securing the rights for its BT Sport TV package to show 38 live Premier League games every season for the next three years. It has been investing heavily in its sports offering, including buying the rights to show live Aviva Premiership rugby union matches and a deal with the WTA to broadcast women’s tennis. Additionally they have acquired the ESPN and ESPN America channels, adding live rights to show FA Cup, Scottish Premier League, UEFA Europa League, and German Bundesliga football matches.

CHALLENGE

The interface between BT’s systems and the Sky/Cisco CA system presented a significant business risk due to the short time-scale for planning, delivery, and the lack of experience of broadcast technology within BT. There was a need for a reliable platform with the flexibility to offer an additional interface with the Sky/ Cisco CA system.

WHY PAYWIZARD

With more than 15 years’ experience of managing broadcast channels on Sky, Paywizard was the obvious choice to partner with BT. PayWizard’s robust and flexible payment and subscription platform gives the functionality and experience required to supplement BT’s BSS and OSS systems, while providing an additional interface with the Sky/Cisco CA system.

Integrating the Paywizard platform with the Sky/Cisco CA interface reduces BT’s exposure to risk, time-to-market and costs. Paywizard’s knowledge and experience of operating on multiple platforms, including BT Vision, Sky and YouView, provides a dependable subsystem option for BT.

Key Solution Deliverables

The Paywizard platform is used by BT to manage the Sky/Cisco CA service, and allows BT agents to manage subscribers on the Sky DSAT platform and to enable/ disable viewing entitlements. PayWizard also provides around the clock support for BT Vision with a 24/7 help desk.

BENEFITS

Reducing risk – BT chose Paywizard to integrate its own mature and proven Sky CA interface as a sub-system, ensuring BT’s risks, time to market and therefore costs were significantly reduced.

Fast time to market – Paywizard’s media specialist experience means it can launch quickly and on time, putting in place the required infrastructure and trained resources.

High volumes – BT uses a subset of Paywizard’s architecture, providing high availability match-day throughput.

Flexibility – The Paywizard platform can be used a primary or a secondary linking a host BSS / CRM system to the Sky platform. Paywizard adds crucial functionality, supporting data management and reduces the time to market.

Buy vs. build – as pay TV services like BT Sports launch they are faced with a buy versus build decision. Paywizard offers a commercial and technical reason to buy into a trusted and mature platform that can save time and money.

““Extending audience reach without compromising content security is one of the biggest challenges facing premium content broadcasters today. As a sports broadcaster with high value properties like premier league football and rugby union this is especially true. Paywizard was chosen as a trusted provider and one that has knowledge of the industry.””

Spokesperson, BT

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