IBC 2017: Security, CE firms support CI Plus 2.0 standard with ‘game-changing’ USB form factor | Security | News | Rapid TV News
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Digital platform security firm Irdeto has announced a partnership with MStar Semiconductor and SMIT Holdings to offer a CI Plus 2.0 USB conditional access module (CAM) device.

irdeto 25may2017TV manufacturer TP Vision and DVB-CI test tool and software provider Rabbit Labs is also supporting the partnership, which will allow consumers to receive pay-TV services on their TVs by using the USB-based CAMs. The CI Plus 2.0 standard introduces a new USB form factor for the interface between the CAM and the TV, allowing CI Plus 2.0 to be utilised globally, as opposed to mainly in Europe.

Irderto says that CAMs have grown popular in Europe as, based on the PC Card (PCMCIA) form factor, they are a cost-effective way to provide consumers access to pay-TV without a set-top box. It predicts that USB CAMs will be supported by the majority of TVs worldwide over the coming years. USB ports are available on most TVs, making it much easier for TV manufacturers to support CI Plus 2.0 globally. Furthermore, it adds that CI Plus 2.0 USB capability will offer operators the ability to reach subscribers cost effectively by adding support for pay-TV services with a simple USB dongle plugged into TVs. The partnership also enables operators to comply with required security standards for premium content.

“This partnership supports the step forward for the CI Plus standard,” said SMiT VP Aaron Li. “As a world leading CAM provider with outstanding competence in developing secure solutions, we are looking forward to delivering this new USB capability for content delivery to operators around the world.”

“The CI Plus 2.0 standard is an important industry advancement and the deployment of our Cloaked CA technology in this USB CAM will provide operators with another channel to securely deliver premium content to consumers,” added Steeve Huin, VP of strategic partnerships, at Irdeto. “This partnership is a big leap forward for the industry as it will enable operators all around the world to leverage a trusted and proven standard-based technology that was until now mostly limited to Europe. This announcement shows that the entire ecosystem is coming together, from suppliers of CAMs and semiconductors, to software providers and TV manufacturers, to drive this CI Plus standard to reality on a global scale.”