Samsung is introducing an integrated satellite and DTT receiver for the French market together with Neotion and Fransat.
Samsung televisions in its 2012 range (ES series) come with a special pack comprising a decryption module produced by Neotion and an access card for subscription-free reception of Fransat, the French satellite DTH platform owned by Eutelsat.
Viewers no longer need an external set-top-box or a second remote control. They simply need to slot the Fransat access card into the module and then insert the module into the CI slot of the TV set which is already pre-equipped with a satellite tuner.
The system is using the CI Plus specification which is designed to support the authentication and encryption mechanisms that provide a secure channel between the Conditional Access Module (CAM) and Samsung’s integrated digital TV (IDTV).
The module developed by Neotion uses Viaccess conditional access and complies with the high technical, functionality and security parameters set by Fransat.
This integrated solution is compatible with Samsung’s ES series of IDTVs (5700/6300/65X0/6710/7000/8000. Other models will follow.
Using the HbbTV standard, these LED displays also enable access to interactive services that will progressively be rolled out on the Fransat platform.
Fransat modules will be commercialised in France at the recommended retail price of €129. Sales will start in the Boulanger chain of stores and via the Andom, Pulsat, Compétence and DEFI networks of antenna specialists, prior to being progressively extended to other retail outlets.