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Irdeto Partners with Skardin to Introduce Game-Changing CI Plus 2.0 USB CAM for Superior Viewing Experience

The introduction of the CI Plus 2.0 USB CAM by Irdeto represents a major achievement, extending the availability of CI Plus technology beyond its initial European and African markets to Asia for the first time.

 

AMSTERDAM – December 12th, 2023 – Irdeto, the world leader in digital platform cybersecurity, is proud to announce the commercial launch of its CI Plus 2.0 USB Conditional Access Module (CI Plus 2.0 USB CAM) in partnership with Skardin, a renowned consumer electronics manufacturing company with a 40-year legacy in delivering set-top box and broadband industry solutions. Irdeto’s launch of the CI Plus 2.0 USB CAM marks a significant milestone, making CI Plus technology, once offered only across the Europe and Africa region, now available across the globe.

Irdeto’s CI Plus 2.0 USB CAM is built on the proven CI Plus 1.4 solution, offering all the mandatory features of the 1.4 specification. It goes a step further by adding Enhanced Content Protection (ECP) support, specifically designed for safeguarding UHD content in accordance with the MovieLabs specification. CAMs also do not create legacy, as they are codec and resolution agnostic, enabling pay-TV operators to introduce new compression techniques and higher resolution broadcasts such as UHD without the need to replace CAMs.

One of the remarkable innovations that CI Plus 2.0 brings to the table is a new form factor, replacing the traditional PCMCIA design. While CI Plus 1.4 relies on this legacy interface that is non-standard across TVs globally, Irdeto’s CI Plus 2.0 USB CAM addresses this challenge by moving to the globally adopted USB interface.

The USB module, when inserted into a compatible TV’s USB port, handles the decryption of encrypted TV signals. Users can effortlessly control channels, volume, and more via their TV remote. In addition, it is environmentally friendly and cost-effective, with power consumption up to 10 times lower than STBs. The number of components compared to PCMCIA CAMs are reduced thus decreasing their carbon footprint and electronic waste generation.

In countries where CI Plus 2.0 ready TVs are not yet prevalent, Skardin offers white label TV solutions that operators can use to launch in their markets. TV sets can be bundled with the Irdeto USB CAM, creating new business models for operators, and providing consumers with an effortless and high-quality viewing experience.

“This is a game-changing product,” said Kevin Yu, Chairman of Skardin Industry. “Its beauty of simplicity will create excellent user experience and make a lot of noise in the industry. Skardin is reputed for high-quality manufacturing and evolution with customers, we are excited to partner with Irdeto to bring this worldclass product to the consumers towards the massive adoption of CI Plus 2.0 USB CAM globally. Skardin will continue delivering valuable solutions with Irdeto.”

“Irdeto is one of the only companies in the industry to provide the 2.0 version of Common Interface Plus,” said Andrew Bunten, COO for Video Entertainment at Irdeto. “This is a monumental shift for the industry, as the prevalence of USB ports in TVs is a global trend. We’ve made a substantial investment in launching our Irdeto USB CAM, ensuring that our CI+ offering remains at the forefront of technology for the next decade.”

Irdeto’s launch of the CI Plus 2.0 USB CAM marks a significant milestone in television technology, promising enhanced convenience, world-class security, reduced environmental impact, and future-proofing for the evolving TV landscape.

 

For more information about Irdeto and its cutting-edge solutions, please visit www.Irdeto.com

 

About IRDETO
Irdeto is the world leader in digital platform security, offering solutions and services that enable customers to protect their revenue, create new offerings and fight cybercrime effectively. With more than 50 years of experience, Irdeto is the leading solutions and services provider for content, video broadcast and streaming services, partnering with movie studios, sports rights holders, and OTT and broadcast operators across the content value chain. With a unique pay-TV operator heritage, Irdeto is the preferred partner to empower a secure world where people can connect with confidence. For more information, please visit www.irdeto.com.

 

About Skardin
Skardin is a Consumer Electronics Manufacturing Company specializing in Set Top Box & Broadband industry solutions. Since 1982 Skardin has committed to innovation and capabilities with critical partnerships (CPU, CAS, DRM…), to provide reputative products in advanced networking and smart home platforms. Headquarter with R&D center in Taiwan, operating high integrated manufacturing site in China, dedicating sophisticated technology & commercial team in Europe, America and India, Skardin’s been always serving flexible business models to customers worldwide with excellent quality. Welcome to visit us: www.skardin.com.

 

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