Nigeria's CONSAT opts for SmarDTV for pay-TV service

DetailsRebecca Hawkes | 02 July 2015

Nigerian direct-to-home (DTH) operator Continental Satellite Limited (CONSAT) has adopted SmarDTV conditional access modules (CAM) ahead of launching its pay-TV service for owners of integrated digital televisions (iDTVs).

CONSAT TV, which launched its digital satellite service in 2014, is aimed at low to middle-income earners in Nigeria.

"Operating from Nigeria with cutting-edge technology, CONSAT services are affordable and provide compelling content for viewers. iDTVs with satellite tuners combined with a conditional access module is an attractive way to provide a high quality service encouraging customers towards digital TV," said Mayokun Okunola, CEO, CONSAT.

Jerome Vial, vice president of sales, SmarDTV added: "The SmarDTV CAM module is a compelling plug-in solution that enables consumers to enjoy premium channels directly on their iDTVs without an external box. We welcome the arrival of iDTVs with Common Interface (CI) slots on the African continent and are excited to see CONSAT benefit from this technology as they pursue their digitisation efforts".

SmarDTV CAM modules embed the latest generation of NAGRA anyCAST content protection, providing high security for pay-TV content. The technology is designed to support analogue to digital switchovers in emerging markets, and enable monetisation opportunities as well as enhanced viewing options.

Nigeria has around 17 million TV households and is hoping to achieve analogue switch off by the end of the year.