With this week’s NAB show in Las Vegas serving as a backdrop, Irdeto announced recent deployments with three service providers.
Yesterday, Irdeto announced its Common Interface Plus (CI+) conditional access module (CAM), which will be commercially available in May. Dutch service provider Ziggo is Irdeto’s first customer to implement CI+, which will be used by up to 1 million digital subscribers.
Irdeto said it has implemented the features of CI+ as specified by the CI+ Forum, an industry standards body comprising four major television manufacturers – Sony, Panasonic, Philips and Samsung – and CAM manufacturers SmarDTV, Neotion and Smit.
By adopting CI+ CAM, Irdeto’s customers have the ability to give customers increased content protection by providing a secure interface between the CAM and hosts, such as integrated digital TVs and common interface set-top boxes. Irdeto said the improved functionality of the user interface makes interactivity and operator customization possible by leveraging the MHEG-5 resources in the TV, providing better operator control over CI+ device compatibility.
Irdeto also announced that it was picked by MTG’s Viasat Broadcasting to manage its enhanced, Internet-based on-demand service, Viasat OnDemand. The service will be available across multiple territories in Europe using one single platform, and it will provide viewers with increased choice and flexibility to subscribe to and view content.
MTG Viasat Broadcasting, the largest free-TV and satellite premium pay-TV operator in Scandinavia and the Baltics, is upgrading its Viasat OnDemand service. It allows customers in Sweden, Denmark and Norway to find, buy and view premium on-demand content. Additional markets and features can quickly and easily be added in the future.
Lastly, Irdeto said that Setanta Sports has adopted Irdeto’s content management solution for its new content on-demand service – Setanta-i.
Irdeto is working with Setanta Sports to create an end-to-end service for creating, managing and publishing live and on-demand content for distribution and consumption through multiple Web properties on a free and pay basis.