Aston extends Viacess partnership
March 15, 2013 08.33 Europe/London By Robert Briel

Aston has announced an agreement for the integration of Viaccess’ Embedded CAS solution into Aston’s full range of premium STBs and CAMs.

This also includes the interoperability of Aston’s HbbTV front-end with Viaccess’ back-end system.

The agreement is an extension of the existing long-term partnership between the two companies, which already lead to Viaccess’ card-based system integration in Aston’s most advanced STBs and CAMs. The new agreement has a worldwide scope with a specific focus in the MENA region.

The cooperation has lead to the availability of Aston’s Xena HD Twin + receiver with embedded technology. The Xena HD Twin+ features: Hybrid MPEG4 DVB-S2/IP, HD, PVR ready, dual tuner, HbbTV, multi-room, OTT and Push VOD ready.

In addition, Aston’s HbbTV front-end has been integrated with Viaccess’ HbbTV back-end system. It also boasts the latest generation ACS 5.0 card-based system. The receiver is based on MStar MSD7862 (K2) chipset.

The MiniSat is the first CI+ 1.3 secured and PVR ready consumer CAM with ACS 5.0 card-based system. The PVR capability on a consumer CAM is an Aston patented worldwide exclusivity. The CAM is capable to decrypt 16 simultaneous channels using ACS 4.1 card-based system and the first End to End HbbTV and Embedded CAS and card-less multi-room solution.

“Aston, through its strategic partnership with Viaccess, has demonstrated its ability to address major operators’ high quality design expectations as well as premium content security requirements”, said Stéphane Nitenberg, Aston’s general manager.

“beIN SPORT, Canal+, SSR, Eutelsat/Fransat, NTV-PLUS and TNS count among our common customers. With the joint effort around the Embedded CAS solution integration on its full range of cutting edge receivers, Aston shows its commitment to further strengthen its cooperation with Viaccess and significantly expand its business growth in the MENA region and beyond.”