Market leaders team up to support the revolutionary step for the CI Plus standard, to allow for worldwide reach with USB CAM
IBC 2017, AMSTERDAM – 14 September 2017 – Irdeto, the world leader in digital platform security, today announced a partnership with MStar Semiconductor, Inc., a semiconductor company for display and digital home solutions, and SMIT Holdings Limited, a global supplier of Conditional Access Module (CAM) devices, to offer a CI Plus 2.0 USB CAM with Irdeto Cloaked CA to operators globally. TV manufacturer TP Vision and DVB-CI test tool and software provider, Rabbit Labs are also supporting the partnership, which will allow consumers to receive pay TV services on their TVs by leveraging USB-based CAMs.
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. 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 leveraged globally, as opposed to mainly in Europe. Unlike the older form factor, USB CAMs are expected to 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.
The 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.
With such clear benefits for the ecosystem, TV manufacturer, TP Vision has committed to support this initiative to help deliver the advantages CI Plus 2.0 will bring to the market. At the same time, Rabbit Labs has announced that CAMaLot, its Host and CICAM stack, and Thumper integrated test suite are now supporting CI+ 2.0 USB transport layer to support device manufacturers in the deploying and testing of CI+ 2.0.
A demonstration of CI+ 2.0, including a USB CAM device will be available at the SMIT Corporation stand at IBC, Hall 1, Stand F86. Rabbit Labs will also demonstrate a test tool for both host and CAM based DVB CI+ 2.0 over USB, at IBC, Hall 3, Stand A44.
“This partnership supports the step forward for the CI Plus standard,” said Aaron Li, VP of SMiT. “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.”
“We’re excited to be able to support the industry by ensuring advancement of a key standard that will undoubtedly gain global traction over time. With the support of CI Plus 2.0 in our TV chips, adoption will be easier for our TV manufacturer partners,” added Wayne Tsai, Marketing Director, MStar.
“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,” said Steeve Huin, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, 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.”
“We’re committed to providing consumers easy access to premium content though our TVs, and the CI Plus standard plays a key role in that,” said Elie Bonte, Innovation Lead, TP Vision. “The adoption of the USB form factor is a significant step forward for CI Plus. Not only does it make it easier for manufacturers and operators to provide access to premium content, it provides consumers with a familiar, user-friendly form factor.”
“We are really thrilled to see DVB-CI+ moving onto the USB interface,” said Gilles Gautier, CEO, Rabbit Labs. “Use of the ubiquitous USB interface will allow operators to shift to a more cost-efficient and integrated experience blending dongles compatible with a large range of receivers.”
About MStar Semiconductor, Inc.
MStar Semiconductor, Inc. (“MStar”) is a world-class leader in Application Specific ICs (“ASIC”) with a focus on consumer electronic products and communication applications. Since the inception in 2002, MStar has established a strong brand and leadership position in LCD controller, analog and digital TV and set-top box by fully leveraging its core expertise of cutting-edge design capabilities, continuous innovation and premier customer-focused services. Headquartered in Taiwan, MStar has a comprehensive global footprint of international R&D and customer support centers to provide a full range of total solutions for various consumer electronic applications. For more information, please visit www.mstarsemi.com.
SMIT is a leading security devices provider for pay TV broadcasting access worldwide and for mobile point-of-sale, or mPOS, payment systems in China. We design and develop security devices primarily for the pay TV industry globally through sales of our conditional access module, or CAM, products which provide end users with access to pay TV content. We ranked first in the global CAM market by both sales volume and revenue in 2014 and for the first half of 2015. We are headquartered in Hong Kong, with offices in Shenzhen, China and Munich, Germany. Since our inception in 2002, we have grown quickly to serve more than 400 customers with sales in 46 countries worldwide.
About TP Vision
TP Vision is a dedicated TV player in the world of visual digital entertainment. TP Vision concentrates on developing, manufacturing and marketing Philips branded TV sets in Europe, Russia, Middle East, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and selected countries in Asia-Pacific. We do this by combining our design expertise and innovative Philips TV heritage with the operational excellence, flexibility and speed of TPV Technology. With these combined strengths, we bring high-quality TV sets to the market: smart and easy to use with sophisticated styling. We believe in creating products that offer a superior TV experience for consumers. With Philips TVs, TP Vision is a global leader in the hospitality market. TP Vision is the exclusive brand licensee of Philips TVs for the above listed countries. TP Vision employs close to 2,000 people in several locations around the globe and is 100% owned by TPV, one of the world’s leading monitor and LCD TV manufacturers, selling and marketing Philips branded TVs in China. TPV has been able to drive its growth over the years by leveraging its economies of scale and core competencies in R&D, manufacturing, logistic efficiency and quality. Please visit TP Vision at www.tpvision.com.
About Rabbit Labs
Rabbit Labs is one of market leaders in Common Interface DVB-CI+ and Digital Video Broadcasting testing tools. Founded in 2009, the company serves TV and CAM manufacturers, as well as operators, globally.
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