Irdeto assists in Forthnet migration

August 20, 2014 11.27 Europe/London By Julian Clover

Irdeto and Forthnet have announced the completion of the pay-TV operator’s transition to a new DTH platform.

Forthnet, which operates under the Nova brand in the markets of Greece and Cyprus, has upgraded both headend and set-top box inventory to run MPEG-4 and DVB-S2. Irdeto Media Protection was brought in to ensure the high definition signals remained secure.

The move is believed to have put a stop to all control word distribution piracy.

“In recent years we have seen a surge in popularity of pay TV in Greece and it is our imperative to offer the best entertainment solutions to our current and future customers,” said Constantinos Moraitis, technical director at Forthnet Media Holdings. “Our collaborative team work with Irdeto demonstrates that the right anti-piracy strategy can create a successful new revenue-generating business model.”

Irdeto’s Secure Chipset Solution is now in place across Forthnet`s new Hybrid Platform, which supports a variety of satellite- and internet-based services to STBs in the region.

“By taking this decisive action to protect revenues and customers both now and in future, Forthnet is now at the forefront of the region’s pay TV market and is poised to continue to increase its market share as it develops its offering,” said Richard Scott, SVP of sales and marketing Irdeto.

Forthnet’s subscriber base has grown by 29.4% year-on-year. As of June 2014 it stood at 482,500 households.