Conax, part of the Kudelski Group and a leader in total service protection for digital entertainment services worldwide via broadcast, broadband and connected devices, launches TVkey at CES 2018. Leveraging technology jointly developed by the Kudelski Group and Samsung, the market leader in home entertainment, Conax TVkey enables consumers to discover a richer world of premium pay-TV content quickly and easily, including 4K Ultra HD and HDR, delivered directly to their TV set.
As competition for new subscribers intensifies, Conax TVkey provides pay-TV operators with a cost-optimised route-to-market for their services and gives consumers the ability to enjoy premium content, including 4K Ultra HD and HDR, directly on smart TV sets through a simple USB dongle.
Through an easy sign-up process similar to many popular OTT services, Conax TVkey delivers a compelling user experience to consumers that can be fully defined by the TV operator leveraging HbbTV and HTML5 frameworks.
Conax TVkey integrates all the latest advancements in content security. It utilizes a secure media path and the TVkey hardware root of trust as part of TVkey-compatible TVs. It also fully complies with MovieLabs requirements for Enhanced Content Protection of premium 4K Ultra HD/HDR content with watermarking by NexGuard, another Kudelski Group company.
Conax TVkey is currently supported on Samsung Smart TV models, including all Ultra HD and most Full HD TVs shipping worldwide. The creation of a joint TVkey Trust Authority in 2018, as planned by the Kudelski Group and Samsung, will also enable the Conax TVkey to support additional TV brands and CAS vendors. In this respect, TV chipset vendors Novatek and Mstar have already started supporting the TVkey hardware root of trust in their TV chipsets for leading TV brands.
A CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree, TVkey also received the award for “Best Content Protection Technology” at the 15th annual CSI Awards at IBC 2017, recognizing the value TVkey brings to the CE industry, pay-TV operators and consumers alike.
Conax TVKey is integrated with Conax Contego, a unified content security hub which includes a cloud-based installation option and supports DVB, IPTV and OTT content delivery, as well as all major DRM technologies. Conax Contego provides pay-TV operators with a highly sustainable growth model through modular, scalable solutions and pre-integrated world-class partner technologies, offering fast time-to-market of new services. Conax Contego fulfils MovieLabs’ specifications for premium 4K and UHD content by integrating Forensic Watermarking technology from NexGuard.
Conax TVkey will be delivered to operators starting in 2018. Several Conax operator-customers are currently evaluating the solution.