Abertis Integrates Irdeto to Strengthen its TDT Premium Digital Content Security

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 
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Abertis leverages Irdeto Conditional Access System to offer Spanish TV operators secure and robust content protection for digital terrestrial TV services

AMSTERDAM — Irdeto (JSE: NPN), a leading expert in content and business model protection solutions and services, today announced its full compatibility with Abertis Telecom’s TDT Premium content protection solution. Irdeto and Abertis Telecom (Madrid: ABE), one of the leading telecommunications infrastructure and services operators in Europe, have worked to validate the Irdeto Conditional Access System (CAS) integration into Abertis Telecom’s open digital terrestrial TV TDT Premium platform. This milestone will give Spanish TV operators a choice of downloadable CA systems over the Abertis network, offering them a secure, flexible and robust content protection solution for digital terrestrial TV services.

The flexibility of Irdeto’s CAS, gives Abertis the capability to offer to any TV operator interested in a TDT Premium platform, not only a choice, but an option of different business models in order to comply to any specific request of the TV operators. Such a joined activity between Irdeto and Abertis, a result of successful trials of the Irdeto CAS with the Abertis TDT Platform, reflects the natural open behaviour of the Abertis Pay DTT technical proposition.

Abertis Telecom’s TDT Premium solution is capable of downloading and updating Irdeto’s CAS software over-the-air which features built-in mechanisms for the prevention against card attacks, meaning operators can protect their content against theft or control word sharing piracy. Irdeto’s unique anti-piracy method enforces security, which is especially critical in regions where we continue to experience high levels of illegal downloads and hacking.

“It is critical to protect the revenue streams of content producers and operators, and giving them greater choice when broadening their TV offerings,” said David Canellos, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Irdeto. “The Irdeto CAS allows operators to securely and cost-effectively expand their media service businesses in response to changing consumer demands and growing threats. We look forward to working with Abertis to achieve our mutual goal of delivering advanced services to the Spanish DTT market.”