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    Orbit-Showtime cuts off 5m pirates

    Orbit-Showtime cuts off 5m pirates
    Chris Forrester

    Middle East pay-TV operator Orbit Showtime Network is about to initiate an improved conditional access system designed to disable an estimated five million pirates, many viewing on so-called Dreambox receivers. Owners of Dreambox units use the internet to update the latest pirate software to view encrypted programming.

    Orbit Showtime (OSN), which merged their rival services in July 2009, say that from December 19th their new encryption comes into use for their subscribers. Viewers are being told via an on-air campaign to upgrade to the new OSN Showbox-HD to avoid disrupted viewing.

    David Butorac, the newly-appointed CEO of OSN said: “From the 19th we will be switching our signals to a form that is not pirated and will not be pirated [in the future]. In so doing, the illegal reception of our signals to receivers such as the Dreambox will cease. It is a great opportunity to welcome customers who enjoy watching us but who… resist the opportunity to pay us.” Butorac said the five million estimated pirates could be a very conservative estimate.

    Helping tempt the pirates back to legitimate viewing is a portfolio of 12 HDTV channels, plus a promised 3D VOD channel which also launches this month.

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    Re: Orbit-Showtime cuts off 5m pirates

    OSN platform upgrade puts pay to piracy
    By Julian Clover
    Published: December 8, 2010 11.44 Europe/London

    Orbit Satellite Network is upgrading its conditional access platform to the Comvenient system in a bid to put an end to the piracy that has dogged the Middle East platform in recent years. Munich-based Comvenient is providing OSN with a secure silicon-based platform. The Betacrypt 2 product provides a return to a familiar name – Comvenient was spun out of the BetaTechnik, the former technical department of the Kirch Group, which used Betacrypt in the early days of the DF1/Premiere platforms.

    Cliff Nelson, SVP Operations and Platform Development at OSN (Orbit – Showtime network), told Broadband TV News that the current Irdeto System 2 CAS would be removed on all Western Channels on December 19, 2010. This meant that those channels would no longer be able to be pirated using the “Dream-type” code word sharing boxes.

    OSN will also be changing from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 DVB S2 during 2011. The platform is within days of completing its set-top box swap out with a Pace HD DVR (with 500 GB hard disk), Kaon HD zapper and UEC SD zapper all being deployed.

    In Egypt, where consultation with the authorities is required, OSN has to choose between the Irdeto and Nagra platforms.

    OSN was formed in July 2009 from the merger of the Orbit and Showtime platforms.

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    Re: Orbit-Showtime cuts off 5m pirates

    OSN announces launch of its state-of-the-art HD and Satellite DVR receiver

    * United Arab Emirates

    OSN - Orbit Showtime Network has announced the launch of its state-of-the-art HD and Satellite DVR receiver, the "OSN Showbox HD", featuring OSN ON Demand services which for the first time in the Middle East and at the touch of a button, offers viewers the option to watch over 1,000 movies and over 52 latest seasons of the top series in full HD quality and Dolby Digital sound over the year.

    With the OSN Showbox HD, everyone gets to watch the TV they love when they want to watch it. With the ability to record the latest movies, series and live sporting action, OSN Showbox subscribers can get even more value from OSN and enjoy the widest range of HD entertainment.

    In addition to OSN On Demand services, the OSN Showbox HD DVR comes with a range of new features including:

    • The ability to switch subtitles on and off on all HD channels.
    • 8 day interactive TV Guide allowing viewers to book multiple recordings 8 days in advance, the ability to record two shows and watch a 3rd simultaneously and the option to record all episodes of a favorite series at the touch of a button.
    • All basic DVR features such as rewind, forward, play pause and record 100's of hours of HD TV entertainment.

    What makes OSN On Demand a "must have" is OSN's exclusive deals with all of the major studios including Warner Brothers, Paramount, Fox, Disney, Sony, MGM, Universal and DreamWorks that allows OSN to premiere the most recent Hollywood blockbusters including KNIGHT & DAY, TOY STORY 3, IRON MAN 2, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON and THE A TEAM all in high definition and all just few months after their cinematic release and two years before anyone else.

    David Butorac, President and CEO of OSN said, "We are unaware of any other service provider in the world who can rival our premium line-up of entertainment on our new OSN Showbox HD DVR. This launch will change the way our subscribers experience TV. By pressing the red button on the OSN Showbox remote control, OSN subscribers enter a whole new world of entertainment at their convenience."

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