German industry association Deutsche TV-Plattform is preparing the ground for a possible market launch of a new CI Plus interface.
CI Plus enables the reception of encrypted audiovisual content without the need for an external set-top box. It means encrypted HDTV channels can be used with televisions that do not have a built-in encryption system.
From version 2.0 onwards, the traditional plug-in modules are to be replaced by USB sticks. However, while bringing advantages for consumers and operators alike, it brings with it a number of questions. For example, how long a transition period should there be, during which both versions of CI Plus might be supported in parallel.
Deutsche TV-Plattform has now produced a discussion document that sets out the issues involved.
“CI Plus has established itself as an important digital interface for providers and users of encrypted broadcast services. The change to CI + 2.0 could and due to the USB form factor that consumers are familiar with, further break down barriers and make the use of encrypted services even easier on the television. In order to develop a timetable for the introduction, we started this initiative and invite all interested companies to discuss and develop it with us and our members,” said Carine Chardon, Managing Director, Deutsche TV-Plattform.
The next stage is to bring together an expanded group of interested companies and stakeholders who are concerned with a possible switch. The goal is to develop a roadmap for the introduction of CI Plus 2.0 and to promote a migration that is meaningful and beneficial for all parties.