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Nagravision and Microsoft team for digital pay-TV to Windows PCs

Nagravision, a provider of content protection technology, has teamed with Microsoft to provide security for digital pay-TV programs viewed on personal computers and devices running Microsoft Windows operating systems. The content protection will be used specifically to secure the Windows XP Media Center Edition operating system and its ecosystem of connected devices, including Xbox 360 and Portable Media Centers.

The companies said it was important to devise a solid, scalable conditional access (CA) for the Windows Media Digital Rights Management technical solution. Such a CA-to-DRM bridge solution narrows the gap between the pay-TV platform and the increasing number of Media Center PCs and their connected digital devices, the companies said.

At IBC2005, Microsoft and Nagravision demonstrated the first results of their collaboration: a proof-of-concept device, implemented on Microsoft’s reference design by Digital Keystone. The demo showed CANAL+ Group’s TV programs being broadcast through Nagravision’s conditional access system before being “bridged” into Microsoft’s digital rights management (DRM) content protection technology.

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