UPC has confirmed to Broadband TV News that it is actively considering the introduction of CI Plus modules.
“UPC Broadband is constantly looking at ways to innovate and expand its DTV product range. CI Plus could well be an interesting addition to our line-up and we are actively considering that product across our footprint,” said a UPC spokesman.
The comments follow a speech in Biel by Eric Tveter, managing director of Cablecom, the Zurich-based operator that will take the UPC name before the end of Q1 2010. Tveter said that customer demand for freedom of choice meant that telecoms providers needed to be flexible and guarantee ease of use. “As a result, cablecom is considering launching next-generation common interface modules to ensure consumers have the freedom to choose set-top boxes.”
Previously UPC has steered away from the introduction of a common interface, preferring the deployment of its MediaBox receiver or personal video recorder. Meanwhile operators, such as the Netherlands’ Ziggo have opted for the new technology, while others including Canal Digital and YouSee have chosen the regular common interface.
The CI Plus modules are used in conjunction with an integrated digital television (IDTV). A number of more recent models are compatible with CI Plus with a larger installed base suitable for use with the previous CI technology.