Aston shows Viaccess-Orca cardless CA on HbbTV HD PVR

Thursday, September 11th, 2014 
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Aston unveils new cost effective HbbTV 1.5 HD PVR set-top box platform using Viaccess-Orca’s Dynamic Sentinel cardless conditional access system (CAS)

  • Aston’s MAYA® HD Connect delivers a high standard of content protection for cardless Pay-TV Operators as well as cutting edge technologies

BAGNOLET — Aston today announces the integration of Viaccess-Orca’s Dynamic Sentinel into its cost effective HbbTV 1.5 MAYA® HD Connect PVR set-top box platform. Aston has a long track record of co-operation with Viaccess-Orca’s content protection solutions and this time, both firms teamed up to offer customers the industry’s premiere hybrid cardless security platform that addresses the pay-TV market’s most pressing needs. This new platform will be showcased at IBC 2014 on Viaccess-Orca booth (Hall 1, stand A51).

Aston, through its long-time expertise in the field of digital set-top boxes, has demonstrated its ability to address major operators’ expectations of high standard features as well as premium content security requirements. Viaccess-Orca’s Dynamic Sentinel cardless conditional access (CAS) platform delivers a high standard of content protection, and will be embedded on Aston’s cost effective HbbTV 1.5 MAYA® HD Connect PVR set-top box platform.

Integrating the highest quality standards in terms of technical specifications and hardware design, the MAYA® HD Connect platform brings all of the benefits of HbbTV connected services to operators by supporting both broadcast and broadband access. The advanced set-top box includes PVR-Ready functionalities, multi-room streaming, and DRM engine for VOD services.

ASTON Maya HDAs a world premiere, the DRM engine also enables Push VOD management, using part of the brand new HbbTV v2.0 standard. As a result of a tight cooperation with Eutelsat, this makes MAYA® HD Connect the first ever set-top box platform to integrate this new protocol for HbbTV VoD services display.

The MAYA® HD Connect features an optimized design that delivers exceptional value for money. All mechanical and hardware designs have been totally optimized through a unique approach that makes no concessions on innovation, exclusiveness, quality and reliability. In keeping with Aston’s reputation for exclusive trend-setting industrial design, the innovative, compact and exceptionally sleek MAYA® HD Connect sets new standards in the set-top box market.

The ready to deploy MAYA® HD Connect is available in satellite, terrestrial, and cable versions.

Viaccess-Orca has earned the trust of operators and content owners around the world by providing the highest standard of security,” said François Moreau de Saint Martin, CEO at Viaccess-Orca. “By partnering with Aston, Viaccess-Orca continues in that tradition, providing pay-TV operators with cost-effective, secure, and ready-to-deploy solutions tailored to their exact specifications.”

“Viaccess-Orca and Aston have a longstanding, successful working relationship,” said Stephane Nitenberg, managing director, Aston. “This latest strategic partnership allows us to provide customers with the industry’s premiere cardless conditional access system on our advanced state-of-the-art HbbTV set-top boxes.”