SmarDTV and Wiztivi introduce solution for Cable VOD on connected TVs

Thursday, June 7th, 2012
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SmarDTV, in cooperation with Wiztivi, introduces a universal solution for Cable VOD on connected TVs

  • For the first time Cable Pay-TV Operators can deploy their Video-on-Demand (VOD) services directly to any connected iDTV, without using a STB
  • SmarDTV and Wiztivi demonstrate a turnkey solution for Cable VOD in SmarCAMs (Conditional Access Modules) based on CI Plus and HbbTV
  • The use of open standards for security and applications allows operators to customize their offerings in a homogenous manner for any connected TV

CHESEAUX, Switzerland and NANTES, France — SmarDTV, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company and Wiztivi, today announced that they have successfully combined CI Plus and HbbTV to enable video-on-demand for cable networks. SmarDTV intends to launch the first CI Plus SmarCAM with Cable VOD in 2012.

“We believe that the addition of Video-on-Demand, on top of the Premium TV decryption, is a major milestone in the history of CI Plus” said Guillaume Reillon, Head of Product Strategy at SmarDTV. “By combining the successful CI Plus specification with the emerging European standard for interactive applications, we have the ideal solution for Cable operators wishing to deploy VOD.”

The solution demonstrated at the ANGA Cable show will use CI Plus v1.2 modules along with HbbTV v1.0 with interfacing between the application and the SmarCAM module provided using standard OIPF (Open IP forum) defined interfaces. This means that the solution is entirely based on open standards and will not require specific developments for each different brand of iDTV.

“HbbTV is rapidly becoming the European standard solution for interactive services and combining it with CI Plus makes complete sense” commented Olivier Cechura, CEO at Wiztivi. “Wiztivi is at the forefront of HbbTV system development and is delighted to collaborate with SmarDTV on this innovative project. The HbbTV VOD application demonstrated at Anga is designed to be easily customized to the requirements of the Operator, both for the User Interface, and for the VOD back-end interaction”.

SmarDTV will also provide an update of its Interoperability Partner Program (IPP) kit to allow CI Plus host vendors (iDTV & STB) to validate the compatibility and interoperability of their products with the Cable VOD SmarCAM-3.

For further information and demonstrations of the Cable VOD SmarCAM-3, please visit us at ANGA Cable Show 2012, Hall 10, Level 2, Booth E11.