Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Irdeto Access introduces ICOB conditional access module with embedded smart card
Irdeto Access, a specialist in content protection for pay television, announced the launch of the Irdeto Chip On Board (ICOB), a secure, removable conditional access (CA) module with a built-in auto-expiring smart card.
By integrating an auto-expiring Irdeto Access smart card with the ICOB, content providers gain the opportunity to cost-effectively distribute auto-expiring “teaser” promotional subscriptions.
The new ICOB is one of the first devices on the market to combine the features and security functions of a standard common-interface conditional access module with an embedded smart card chip.
By integrating an auto-expiring Irdeto Access smart card with the ICOB, content providers gain the opportunity to cost-effectively distribute auto-expiring “teaser” promotional subscriptions. Once the promotional subscription has expired, consumers can then upgrade to a normal subscription (either billed monthly or pre-paid) through the addition of a new smart card.
This all-in-one solution from Irdeto Access operates in any compliant DVB set-top box (STB), enabling pay TV operators—or even free over-the-air broadcasters—to take advantage of the large existing installed base of STBs to offer their premium content.
The ICOB can support multiple conditional access systems, providing access to services from more than one operator. This way, consumers maintain the flexibility to select the device, brand, and model STB of their choosing. With over-the-air or over-network upgrade options, the ICOB can be updated easily to support new business models and future enhancements to security.
The ICOB and other Irdeto Access content protection solutions will be on display at the NAB2004 in Booth #SU10106. Visit: www.irdetoaccess.com.
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