July 23, 2012, Light Reading Staff | Great Lakes Data Systems, Inc. (GLDS), the leading provider of billing, subscriber management and provisioning systems for small-to-medium global broadband providers, today launched the industry’s only fully integrated, real-time content authorization service for TV Everywhere, WinCAPTM. WinCAP offers broadband service providers and their customers the convenience of centralized multi-screen account and parental control management, integrated with GLDS’ existing web-based self-care portal MyBroadbandAccountTM. 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.WinCAP lets subscribers manage TV Everywhere access for all content providers from one centralized customer self-care portal, hosted by GLDS. WinCAP’s real-time authorization gives subscribers access to multi-screen content instantly with no waiting, unlike other offline, stand-alone authentication solutions that typically take hours to process. Because it’s integrated with GLDS’ existing self-care portal, 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, minimizing 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. Using WinCAP, broadband service providers correlate package codes with content provider programming. When authorization requests come in, WinCAP knows what packages to look for on a customer’s account before authorization.