Irdeto Cloaked CA ships 500,000 units in first six months

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012
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Software-based conditional access builds rapid momentum worldwide; Irdeto Cloaked CA the security solution of choice for pay TV operators including Stofa, Polsat and Zeonbud in Europe and Manthan and Thaicom in Asia

AMSTERDAM and BEIJING — Irdeto (JSE: NPN), a global software security and media technology company, today announced that more than 500,000 set-top boxes embedded with Irdeto Cloaked CA were shipped globally in the first six months following its launch at IBC 2011. This figure is expected to increase significantly over the next year, with customers such as Stofa, Polsat and Zeonbud in Europe and Manthan Broadband Services Private Ltd (Manthan) and Thaicom in Asia confirming that pay TV operators and broadcasters have realized the efficiency and cost effectiveness of software security-based conditional access (CA).

Irdeto Cloaked CA is a fully-featured, studio-approved and software-based CA solution which makes extensive use of Irdeto’s patented Cloakware technology to provide the best possible protection against hacking, reverse engineering and tampering, enabling pay TV operators to offer premium content to their customers without the complexity and costs associated with the deployment, disposal and swapping of physical smart cards. Using Irdeto Cloaked CA, customers can realize savings of up to 50 percent on the total cost of ownership of a smart card-based CA system with the added benefit of renewable software security and real-time piracy countermeasures. The proven success of Irdeto Cloaked CA demonstrates a major industry shift towards strengthening and future-proofing content security.

The Irdeto Cloaked CA solution represents a revolution in conditional access technology, not only because it saves operators money and simplifies operations, but because it is the first one-way broadcast conditional access client to gain wide familiarity and trust from Hollywood studios. Achieving this level of conditional access protection in a one-way environment without a smart card requires complex and advanced technologies, and Irdeto Cloaked CA uses technologies such as source code obfuscation, white-box cryptography, temporal and spatial diversification, and complete renewability of the client to ensure its ongoing integrity and maintain dynamic security for the deployment lifecycle of its services.

Before launching in 2011, independent audits on Irdeto Cloaked CA were conducted by industry experts including T-Systems Germany and Farncombe Technology Ltd.