After many years of hype, TV/Internet convergence is finally with us, at both the service and device level.
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As consumers seek to receive video from multiple providers in any place, at any time and on any device, they routinely consume video over the Internet on PCs and on smart phones, as well as through traditional digital set-top boxes.
Operators have responded to this demand by providing their premium content to their subscribers via broadband through over-the-top streamed video services, and – in both the pay-TV and free-to-air environments – hybrid DTV/IP receivers are being commissioned which seek to bring the Internet online video experience to the TV screen alongside conventional one-to-many broadcasts.
In this context, Farncombe believes that the technology at the heart of the DVB’s conditional access system – the Common Scrambling Algorithm (CSA) – has, despite the laudable motives behind its creation, become a liability for pay-TV operators.