IBC 2012: SMIT unveils CI Plus, IP VOD conditional access module

Editor | 07-09-2012

Secure digital content delivery technology firm SMIT has marked IBC with a number of conditional access modules (CAMs) aimed at protecting the delivery of IP video services.

The new CI Plus v1.3 is said to represents the next step in the evolution of CI Plus to provide an enriched feature set to support the business models of the pay-TV industry. The introduction of CI Plus v1.3 also aims to strengthen operators’ relationship with content providers, host manufacturers, CAM manufacturers and consumers. SMIT’s latest generation of CAMs add operator EPG and UI branding using HD graphics, leveraging host’s IP connection for VOD content delivery, increased operator control over content usage and new capabilities to allow the CAM to tune the host to new services.

“The upgrade to CI Plus v1.3 specification is a milestone for SMIT as well as the entire conditional access market as satellite and cable operators are always concerned about content protection and feature selections,” said Hongyu Shuai, President and COO of SMIT. “We are confident that the added security and features in the new specification will bring benefits to operator and accelerate their adoption of CAM.”

Looking at the VOD market in particular, SMIT believes that pay-TV operators are faced with increasing demand for VOD video streams and other features including tagging favourite programmes, sharing rented content with other users and bill-tracking for value-added services.

“The VOD feature represents a new milestone in the world of viewing digital content via CAM. Operators will benefit from the additional VOD features to track subscriber behaviour with targeted programmes to increase ARPU,” Shuai added.