Sony in France has announced that from now on all its TV sets of 26 inches or larger have CI Plus functionality and are labeled Canal Ready.
The satellite receiver manufacturer Aston has signed an agreement with the Canal+ Group to bring a number of Canal ready receivers to the market.
Canal+ France will this April offer Conditional Access Modules for reception of the group’s terrestrial pay channels suitable for use with Canal Ready labelled TV sets.
Cablecom is to officially introduce CI Plus to its subscribers, starting in June. The Zurich-based Cablenet is the first UPC company to adopt the technology that will be marketed as the DigiCard.
Kabel Deutschland KDG, Germany’s largest cable operator, plans to launch CI Plus in the first half of the year. It is the first German cabler to officially confirm the usage of the standard.
The small Dutch cable operator Kabel Noord will introduce CI Plus early next year. The cabler will sell dedicated CI Plus CAMs through retail at €70 a piece.
UPC Nederland will concentrate on HDTV and VOD to build its digital television offer. The operator expects to launch a large number of new VOD ‘channels’ during 2010.
EPG specialist Mirada has worked with the Kudelski-owned SmarDTV to port the Nagra Media Guide onto a CI Plus module.
UPC has confirmed to Broadband TV News that it is actively considering the introduction of CI Plus modules.
The Dutch cable operator Caiway has become the second in the country to introduce CI Plus on its network. It has started to sell to sell stand-alone CI Plus modules from its shops and selected retailers for €49.00.