SmarDTV, a Kudelski Group company, today announced that it has started shipping its latest SmarCAM-3 CI Plus modules into the Austrian retail markets in collaboration with a number of distribution partners. These modules provide secure access to ORF and Pay TV services, as well as all services in the region relaying on the Irdeto Conditional Access. Subscribers can now use these modules to access high definition services on Set-Top-Boxes and integrated digital televisions (iDTVs). “SmarDTV has historically been very active in the Austrian market and has supported ORF since their outset with our earlier generations of Conditional Access modules based on the DVB-CI standard. We are now delighted to provide our latest generation platform, the SmarCAM-3, to subscribers in these markets and we are particularly pleased to provide these modules with the latest version of Irdeto Conditional Access System (including secure silicon) thereby enabling a future proof solution for our customers,” said Conor Ryan, Vice-President of Marketing at SmarDTV. “As a founding member of the CI Plus forum, SmarDTV is delighted to be delivering these modules based on the CI Plus specification to one of the major retail markets in Europe.”

The ORF satellite platform in Austria, operated by the ORS (Austrian Broadcasting Services), is the country´s largest satellite platform and a dominant player in that market. There are 2.6 million active Irdeto SmartCards in Austria.