September 11, 2013 09.47 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

The Central and East European platform operator UPC DTH has launched a CI+ service in cooperation with France’s Neotion.
The latter’s first conditional access module CI+ 1.3 includes changeable personal profiles and in combination with compatible TV sets will allow UPC DTH subscribers to enjoy, without an additional receiver freeSAT programming in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
It will later be introduced for UPC Direct subscribers in Hungary.
Commenting on the launch, Jim Helgott, VP of marketing and sales at UPC DTH, said: “In addition to our existing product line, we are pleased to see the availability of this new CI+ module for our customers. This flexible equipment will allow them to fully enjoy our services easily, as well as take advantage of the lower priced packages we make available for customers who purchase their own receivers and related equipment.
“As a customer focused company, it is our priority to come up with new ideas and innovations that improve the user experience. We could not imagine a better partner than Neotion and its teams to achieve this goal”.
Xavier Teil, head of pre sales and support director for Neotion said “This is a real accomplishment for Neotion and our teams to release our first CI+ 1.3 module with Operator Profile in UPC DTH’s markets. The launch in several countries is a great experience and we look forward to seeing the results! This project with UPC DTH was remarkable and I hope to keep working with them for the years to come”.
UPC DTH operates platforms in four CEE countries – Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania – and ended the second quarter with 731,000 subscribers.