Conax to support secure broadcast home cinema via CI+

Friday, September 12th, 2008 
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IBC, Amsterdam — Global provider of security solutions for digital TV operations, Conax, announces support for Common Interface Plus (CI+) on Conditional Access Modules (CAMs). The founders of the CI+ forum and CAM manufacturers are driving market development of the new CI+ (CI Plus) standard that implements protection between the CAM and the digital television receiver. Conax will be ready to support the upcoming market of advanced HD flat screens with a built in slot for CI+ modules, without needing the extra set top box.

“Digital TV operators experience that today’s DVB Common Interface (CI) standard, where content is transmitted in clear between the CI module and the STB, does not provide the necessary level of security for HD content. Consequently content providers and digital TV operators are avoiding these modules,” says Geir Bjørndal, COO/Sales & Marketing Director, Conax. The new CI+ standard supports the authentication and encryption mechanisms that provide a secure channel between the CAM and the integrated digital TV (IDTV).

For the increased security required for HD content, Conax provides the advanced solution Conax Chipset Pairing with CI+ support. The leading CAM vendors are already integrating support for this solution and many major DVB broadcasters have announced their intention to deploy CI+ when it becomes available.

“The market demand for an alternative to content descrambling using a Common Interface module is growing rapidly. CI+ will secure the connection between the CA module and the IDTV. Conax is already there providing IDTV and CAM manufacturers with the insurance of a total CI+, including optimal smart card security for HD products and the ultimate home cinema experience”.

Meet Conax at IBC, September 12th – 16th: Stand 1.B39.