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Cloud-based solutions make CI Plus more interactive - 08-September-2009, 12:00

By Robert Briel
September 8, 2009 10.18 UK

IBC 2009. Stands 5.B46, 4.B53 and 4.B80. ActiveVideo Networks, Neotion and eventIS announced that they will demonstrate at IBC how cloud-based solutions can significantly increase the availability of interactive TV services on CI Plus enabled televisions.

The solution, which unleashes the interactive capabilities of the CI Plus ecosystem, has been developed in conjunction with Ziggo, the largest cable system operator in the Netherlands and the market leader in adopting CI Plus. The solution enables ActiveVideos network-based content approach to interface with eventIS Video-on-Demand back office capabilities to manage and deliver interactive programming directly to the television via Neotion advanced Hybrid IP capable CI Plus Conditional Access Modules.

Our adoption of CI Plus was based initially on its ability to securely deliver content from the network to the next generation of integrated digital televisions, said Dave Renkema, Manager, New Product Development for Ziggo, in a statement. Through the efforts of innovative companies like ActiveVideo Networks, Neotion and eventIS, weve seen how the two-way capabilities of the standard and those same high levels of content protection can help us to securely deliver VoD, PVR functionality, Web video and other interactive content.

While CI Plus offers real benefits for operators in terms of cost effectiveness and security, we believe that maximising the full interactive capability of the standard will truly redefine viewer involvement with television, said Ronald Brockmann, Managing Director, Europe for ActiveVideo. The cloud-based approach that we will be showing at IBC will exponentially increase subscriber engagement with their televisions, while simultaneously enabling operators to reduce capital outlays on set-top boxes.

The IBC exhibit will show how a full range of content and services, including VoD navigation, Web-based video, interactive advertising and other services, can be driven by server-based technologies. An ultra-thin client in the Conditional Access Module (CAM) passes user keystrokes to network servers, which interface with content management devices to create compressed video streams in response to user interaction. The compressed streams are unicast over IP or cable to integrated digital televisions equipped with Conditional Access Modules.

A demonstration of the capabilities of the solution will be shown in the ActiveVideo Networks (5.B46), Neotion (4.B53) and eventIS (4.B80) booths at IBC.
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