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Sidsa threatens Nagravision & Abertis
Iaki Ferreras

Spanish conditional access manufacturer Sidsa is threatening to report Nagravision and Abertis Telecom to Spain's National Commission for Competitiveness (CNC).

Sidsa considers Nagravision (and Abertis) have what they describe as "an abusing position" in the local pay-DTT business. This started last August with the launching of a sports channel (Mediapro's Gol TV) on pay-DTT.

According to Sidsa Nagravision and Abertis Telecom could have reached a hidden agreement to stop competitors in the pay-DTT business and in their agreement with programming producer Gol TV's Mediapro. They claim that Mediapro has contracted Abertis Telecom's technological platform and Kudelski's Nagravision conditional access system.

According to Sidsa's arguments, Abertis has declined to certify Sidsa's system with its 'TDT Premium' approval logo. This, when added together with Nagravision's similar refusal to sign any agreement with Sidsa which might have seen Sidsa's chipset included in the CA equipments had the alleged effect of interfering with the competitiveness of this market.

Abertis Telecom has already certified nearly fifty pay-DTT boxes with its 'Premium TDT' stamp belonging to almost all market suppliers. The Spanish legislation obliges all pay-DTT operators to be open and interoperate as far as delivery of content is concerned. This already occurs as far as receivers are concerned.

Sidsa's intentions are that the pay-DTT system should be Simulcrypt, and replacing the Multicrypt system chosen by Mediapro, which is the only broadcaster in this business for the moment. Nevertheless this system is being used only when there are thousands of boxes installed in the homes.

Apart from preparing its submission to the CNC, Sidsa says it seeks to be recognized and reach an agreement with Nagravision in order to include its system onto the Spanish market.

Despite reports of shortages, Spain's manufacturers and suppliers of pay-DTT receiver boxes have already supplied more than one million units into the market.

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