July 23, 2012 By Craig Galbraith | Calling it the industry’s only fully integrated, real-time content authorization service for TV Everywhere, Great Lakes Data Systems (GLDS) has launched WinCAP, which the company says offers broadband service providers and their customers centralized, multiscreen account and parental-control management, integrated with GLDS’ Web-based, self-care portal – MyBroadbandAccount.GLDS says WinCAP lets subscribers manage TV Everywhere access for all content providers from one centralized customer self-care portal, which GLDS hosts. WinCAP’s real-time authorization gives subscribers access to multiscreen content instantly with no waiting, the company said. Because it’s integrated with MyBroadbandAccount, subscribers are able to manage TV Everywhere account management using the same credentials they use to view and pay their bill, order PPV, view VoIP usage and upgrade services.
The centralized platform also gives content providers a single point of contact for authorizing content, which GLDS says minimizes the hassles of certification on the part of the content providers. GLDS integrates WinCAP with a content provider only once, giving that provider instant access to hundreds of operators throughout the U.S.
“We chose to use GLDS’ WinCAP system to manage customer authorization for our TV Everywhere programming because it was important for us to keep our costs down and deliver the programming to customers relatively quickly. The platform will also give us quick and easy access to future content for our customers, while leveraging GLDS’ easy-to-use and maintain WinCable for authentication,” said Spencer Municipal Utilities’ telecom manager, Jeff Rezabek.
Additionally, WinCAP will power the 2012 NBC Summer Olympics authorization for several operators, including BELD Broadband, Cable Systems of Nevada, San Bruno Cable, Spencer Municipal Utilities and others.
GLDS is demonstrating WinCAP for the first time this week at NCTC’s The Independent Show, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.