Category archives for: CA/DRM

China Digital ships 3.55m smart cards

China Digital TV Holdings, the NASDAQ registered but China-focussed, conditional access smart card supplier, says net revenues for Q2 slipped 5.8 per cent (same period last year) to $17.2 million, and a fall of 5.6 per cent when compared with Q1 this year. China Digital TV shipped approximately 3.55 million smart cards in the second quarter of 2014, compared to […]

CA market to decline on pay-TV saturation

The global market for conditional access (CA) technology used in STBs is set to contract as pay-TV services reach saturation, according to IHS Technology. Worldwide market revenue for pay-TV STB CA technology will decline to $1.9 billion in 2018, down from a peak of $2.2 billion in 2015. CA is defined as any method or technology that prevents digital TV […]

Sky Deutschland to drop Nagravision

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Sky Deutschland is about to start a switch-out of its older Nagravision-secured set-top boxes in order to make the pay-TV broadcaster an all Cisco system . Reports from Germany’s Digital Fernsehen, quoting Stefan Kunz, Sky Deutschland’s VP/business and distribution, say that viewers who are still using older boxes will be supplied with a newer Sky HD unit which uses Cisco […]

FlixFling boost for UltraViolet

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Online movie service FlixFling has signed a distribution deal with Warner Bros Home Entertainment for the studio’s new-release and catalogue EST titles with cloud-based content ownership ecosystem UltraViolet compatibility. FlixFling will add an extensive range of Warner movies and TV titles, including The Lego Movie, Man of Steel, Pacific Rim and the Harry Potter series. “This agreement has been a […]

Pay-TV operator software spend down 5%

Pay TV Operator spending on middleware, conditional access, DRM and other elements of the pay-TV software contracted 5 per cent in North America and Western Europe during 2013, compared to 2012.This decrease was driven by classic end-to-end middleware functions, while newer experiential components—including guide technologies and interactivity—fared better. Further, the growth of pay-TV, especially in developing regions of

ContentGuard prevails in patent trials

Internet privacy software and solutions specialist ContentGuard has confirmed that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued final written decisions on June 26th 2014 and July 1st 2014 finding valid all claims of the ContentGuard digital rights management (DRM) patents at issue. These decisions follow patent trials conducted before the […]

Mitch Singer named Verance adviser

Hot on the heels of being named Vice President, Digital Business Development and Special Advisor to the Board of General Harmonics Corporation, Mitch Singer, former Chief Digital Strategy Officer, Sony Pictures Entertainment, has added another string to his bow. Verance Corporation, a global developer of technologies and solutions that protect and enhance the use of media content, has named the […]

INSIDE Secure DRM for Intel Android mobiles

INSIDE Secure, a specialist in embedded security solutions for mobile and connected devices, will enable Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology for protection of premium content on Intel-based mobile devices running Android. The challenge of content protection on mobile devices has deterred many content service providers from offering premium content to mobile markets. The technology allows Intel to take advantage of […]

beIN Sports hit by piracy

Subscribers to beIN Sports, mostly on Eutelsat Hot Bird 13° East satellite, have reported they can no longer access the channel, the only one broadcasting all 64 matches of football World Cup in Brazil. Widespread piracy is understood to have affected subscription cards notably operating on AB’s Bis TV or Canalsat dish platforms. beIN Sports, along with football governing body […]

SMiT achieves Verimatrix advanced CI+ security certification

SMiT, a specialist in secure distribution of paid content, has achieved Verimatrix certification for the advanced cardless CI+ CAM. SMiT is the first CAM manufacturer to pass the advanced security level set by Verimatrix, the specialist in securing and enhancing revenue for multi-network, multi-screen digital TV services. The CI+ CAM is a cardless product integrating Verimatrix’s highest level of client […]

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