DVB endorses new CI Plus, teams up with 3D@Home Consortium

Editor ©RapidTVNews | 28-11-2011

The Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) consortium has approved commercial requirements for the latest CI Plus content protection standard and teamed up with the 3D@Home Consortium to support development of standards for 3DTV.

In the case of the former, the new move follows an agreement with CI Plus LLP, the standard’s developer, that the DVB will take responsibility for future development of the CI Plus specification to protect connected devices. DVB says that its work will build on top of the current CI Plus v1.3 specification with two main features: support for dual-stream operation with a single module, intended for a dual-tuner PVR host, and support for DRM protected IP-delivered content.
The CI Plus specification is designed to provide additional security and features to the DVB Common Interface Standard that will allow CI Plus compatible consumer electronic devices, such as connected TVs and set-top boxes, access to pay-TV services via plug-in modules wherever the CI Plus technology is supported by the local pay-TV provider.
It is anticipated that the technical work will take a year and following its publication CI Plus LLP will adopt the specification.
Commenting on the approval, Martin Gold, Chairman of DVB’s Commercial Module for CI Plus said: “CI Plus Modules plugged into integrated digital televisions provide an attractive alternative to set-top boxes for both consumers and operators. The new functionality in V1.4 will help to ensure that the CI Plus system has the features required as the market evolves.”
The 3D@Home Consortium was formed in 2008 with the mission to speed the commercialisation of 3D into homes worldwide facilitating the development of standards, roadmaps and education for the entire 3D industry - from content, hardware and software providers to consumers.
“We are thrilled to link with DVB and communicate their standards-setting activities to the broader 3DTV eco-system,” commented Heidi Hoffman, managing director of 3D@Home Consortium. “Our members - many not directly involved in the broadcasting area - use this information in their strategic decision-making, which enables the entire ecosystem to develop more quickly and seamlessly.”