SmarDTV, a Kudelski company and Wiztivi have successfully combined CI Plus and HbbTV to enable VoD 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 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.