Ziggo, a cable operator in the Netherlands, and SMiT, the leading CAM (Conditional Access Module) provider, have teamed-up to accomplish the on-demand and catch-up TV services without separated digital receivers as is normally required, which has launched into the Netherlands market in November. Ziggo subscribers could enjoy interactive services with a new SMiT CI+ Module and CI Plus iDTV certified by Ziggo to watch movies and television series, especially some missed TV programmes are available as you like at any time. “This development offers our customers great benefits,” said Pieter Vervoort, VP consumer products and innovation at Ziggo.
With the SMiT CI+ 1.3 VoD CAM, Ziggo subscribers can experience more interactive services in an easier way. This new product is fully compatible with CI+ v1.3 standards, and maintains backwards compatibility. While enhancing the security level through the CI+1.3 protocol which defines several new interactive service features, SMiT CI+ 1.3 VoD CAM also has built-in MHEG-5 application providing smoother overlay display with less resource occupancy. Meanwhile, it is the first successful case to offer interactive TV over CI Plus 1.3 common interface in the world.
A number of the CI Plus 1.3 features can be used to enable cable VoD. The increase in LSC channel bandwidth enables CAMs to access VoD catalogues for browsing via the Internet. The added feature of HD graphics makes user interface more marvellous. The provision of “dynamic tuning” allows the cable head-end to inform the CAM which channel the TV should be tuned on, and view the selected VoD content. As per CI Plus cable operators offering the potential for new services and increased ARPU, which benefits to support a true VoD on Cable solution.
“SMIT CI+ 1.3 VoD CAM is tailored for operator’s cloud based interactive services, and it brings subscribers a better viewing experience. With the interactive CAM, Ziggo subscribers can joy interactive services directly on their TV-set without any other equipment, such as extra leads or remote control. It is a pleasure to work with Ziggo to offer this high-demanding and cutting-edge product,” Mr. Hongyu Shuai, SMiT President said.