450 million CI+ devices deployedThursday, February 18th, 2016
CI Plus LLP celebrates its 450 Million devices deployed and looks forward to the future
LONDON, United Kingdom — CI Plus LLP, the licensing authority for the CI Plus standard, today announced that the number of CI Plus compatible devices has now exceeded 450 Million units deployed in the market and has also outlined its vision for the future of CI Plus.
The CI Plus standard allows subscribers to access Pay-TV on their IDTVs without having to use an operator supplied STB. It was first introduced in 2009 and has been an overwhelming success story having been quickly adopted by all consumer electronic (CE) vendors and major Pay-TV operators in Europe.
Each year approximately 50 million new devices are deployed with CI Plus credentials embedded. By the end of 2015 the total number of devices deployed has reached 450 million units including, for the large part, iDTVs and CAMs (Conditional Access Modules).
“The success of CI Plus has exceeded even our wildest expectations”, said the CI Plus LLP Spokesman. “Due to the wide backing of the CE industry, Pay-TV operators and also the film studios we have established a cross industry collaboration that is hugely beneficial to all participants but most importantly to consumers”.
Outlining the vision of CI Plus LLP for the future the CI Plus LLP Spokesman continued, “we see CI Plus evolving to provide solutions for IP delivered content via the recent endorsement of DVB ETSI TS 103 205: Extensions to the CI Plus Specification by CI Plus LLP (CIPlus v1.4), with first products likely to be hitting the shelves in first half of 2017. The next phase of work for CI Plus LLP is to address Enhanced Copy Protection (ECP) as requested by the Movielabs affiliated studios to protect Premium Ultra high-definition (UHD) contents”.
From a market perspective CI Plus continues to see the standard expand outside Europe with notable recent deployments in Africa, Asia and also many East Europe regions. This trend is expected to continue with the proliferation of new iDTVs in these regions in the coming years.