ANGA CABLE 2012 – Cologne. Digital TV Labs has launched a new version of its CI Plus test tool in time for the introduction of the new CI Plus version 1.3.
The enhanced security and content protection system that allows the separation of conditional access from the set-top box, PVR or integrated TV – will become mandatory for all new CI Plus device registrations from August 1 this year. This follows an 18-month “sunrise” period to allow manufacturers to adopt the protocol. The CI Plus standard allows operators and broadcasters to secure content on digital TV receivers via the Common Interface (CI) and a Conditional Access Module (CAM).
CI Plus is now commonplace in IDTVs sold across Europe. The new version adds a number of enhancements through the CAM. These include enhanced operator EPG and UI branding using HD graphics, use of the host’s IP connection for content delivery (IP VOD), increased operator control over content usage and new capabilities to allow the CAM to tune the host to new services or bouquet. .
Digital TV Labs is the official CI Plus LLP Approved Test Centre. The v1.3 extended version of its comprehensive Test Tool provides certification testing services for manufacturers with CI Plus-enabled products, and can assist operators in building CI Plus interoperability regimes.
Keith Potter, CEO says, “The integrity of the CI Plus platform is vital to secure valuable content and requires significant engineering investment for device manufacturers to ensure a flawless user experience for the end consumer. Our new CI Plus v1.3 Test Tool enables manufacturers to build and certify compliant devices and be ready for the looming mandatory certification date.”
Digital TV Labs is working closely with a number of CI Plus operators by providing test suites and testing services to ensure the wider interoperability of their services with the large range of retail CI Plus devices deployed in the field.