IBC 2014: SmarDTV to extend Conax licence to STBs, CI+ modules and devices
| 12 September 2014
In a move designed to enhance Conax's hybrid broadcast and Internet TV solutions, fellow Kudelski company SmarDTV has extended its licence and co-operation agreement to include set-top boxes.

SmarDTV will introduce a CI+ 1.3 module that is compliant with the latest generation of Conax Contego and Conformity testing products. This is claimed to ensure high quality protection for all Conax customers while enabling features such as operator profile supporting channel list customisation.

The company will also introduce a fully Conax-compliant state-of-the-art WIFICAM module enabling reception of hybrid services without the need for a set-top box which, says Conax, presents an immediately deployable benefit to customers, offering a mix of broadcast and OTT services. Finally, it announced that it will introduce its set-top box products supporting Conax customers and including its innovative OTT and hybrid devices.

"We have supported Conax customers and their subscribers with our CI and CI+ CAMs for over 15 years and we are delighted to expand our latest product range with compliancy for Conax Contego," said SmarDTV VP of marketing Conor Ryan. "Conax customers have traditionally had subscribers that have been keen CAM users, and therefore introducing CAMs with the latest features will be warmly welcomed by these subscribers and Conax customers. In addition we are also introducing Conax Contego compliancy in our pre-integrated OTT and hybrid set-top boxes in order to accelerate the launch of complex new services for Conax customers."

Added Tom Jahr, EVP products and partners, Conax: "The addition of CI Plus 1.3 and SmarDTV STBs further strengthens the portfolio of supported consumer devices that conform to Conax security technology and widens the choice for our operators. We are pleased to extend our relationship with SmarDTV and strengthen our portfolio with their innovative range of high quality products."