FCC, Content Owners Drive CA Changes

Robuck, Mike
September 2005
Communications Technology;Sep2005, Vol. 22 Issue 9, p10
Trade Publication
The article presents information related to the telecommunication industry in the U.S. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is requiring the move from hardwired conditional access (CA) systems in set-top boxes to downloadable security. Widevine Technologies Inc. has deployed its software-based Cypher Virtual Smart Card for the past three years with telecommunication companies. Widevine's Smart Card goes into set-top boxes and with a head-end system, provides access and digital rights management. Widevine already has a partnership in place with Motorola to develop a software-based CA platform for Internet protocol TV set-top boxes on the telecommunication side and is pursuing a similar partnership for cable. Regulatory nudging aside, cable operators are interested in software-based technologies that could reduce costs. The Comcast-Motorola $1 billion set-top deal announced earlier in 2005 will create two joint ventures that deal with CA technologies and also help break the duopoly logjam by letting Comcast license Motorola's MediaCipher technology to third parties and other U.S. cable operators.


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