Ziggo to stop Alphacrypt CAMs for CIplus

As of February 2, 2010 Ziggo will block the functioning of the Alphacrypt CAMs in CIplus receivers (set-tops and integrated TVs), the operator announced today. This means that viewers using the Alphacrypt module in their CIplus cable tuner will no longer receive a signal.

The measure was taken in response to request from the content owners, Ziggo said in a statement. “The Alphacrypt module – which was never supported by Ziggo – provides inadequate protection against illegal use of the content and that protection is a requirement of the content providers.”.

“These providers, such as RTL, SBS, Disney and Sony, require an optimal protection of their content. Traditional CAM modules can not meet the requirements of the content owners and for that reason Ziggo together with the industry and content providers developed CIplus.”

Ziggo is the first cable operator in the world to use CIplus. Since its launch late September, more than 100,000 people have bought a CIplus module.

Ziggo waits until February to block the Alphacrypt modules in CI+ tuners to allow viewers sufficient time to switch to a CIplus CAM module. Receivers with a regular CI slot are not affected and can continue to use their Alphacrypt module in combination with the Ziggo smart card.