Michelle Clancy | 18-09-2013
Behind closed doors at IBC 2013, by invitation only meetings, Nagra is showing its 'Project Ultra' approach in content navigation and discovery, specifically designed for the 4K environment.
The new user interface, navigation and social recommendation software is designed to 'minimise any interference with the content', the company said. Navigation and discovery takes place on both the television set and companion devices. Voice and gesture control are to make for optimised content navigation, rounded off with an anticipation engine that places the most relevant content on the first plane.
Project Ultra is based on OpenTV 5, the HTML5-based version of its interactive television environment, or middleware. Subsidiary SMARDTV's latest boxes shift and stream broadcast and operator delivered content around the home to tablets, secured by PRM, Nagra's DRM, as well as to TVs equipped with a new CI+ 1.4 conditional access module and secured by Microsoft's Playready to connected TVs.
SMARDTV is also showing several proof-of-concept applications enabled by its new CI+ 1.4 conditional access module. Using an early implementation Philips TV by TP Vision, the module enables IPTV on top of regular digital broadcasts. This is the TV is connected directly a managed multicast enabled network.
The SmarDTV CI Plus CAM is responsible for network discovery and for launching the operator-designed EPG in an OIPF-specified browser. The content is received by the iDTV using multicast IP transmission and would be forwarded to the CAM for descrambling. Operators can also hook it up to an SAT>IP IP-LNB(f) for direct IP to the TV. Or, a regular set-top box can convert up to eight channels to IP-streams, according to the SAT>IP delivery protocol, with the CI+ 1.4 module providing security for the streams going to other devices.