Bristol, England – Ocean Blue Software has developed both a CI+ software stack and CI+ browser to v1.2 of the CI Plus LLP specification.
The CI+ Forum finalised the CI+ specification in June 2008, for the secure delivery of pay-TV services to digital TV receivers, including set-top boxes, iDTVs and PCs. The CI + specification interconnects a CAM (conditional access module) and a digital TV receiver so that any encryption system can be used in the receiver. CI+ strengthens the original specification to combat piracy and enforce a relationship of trust between the host and the smartcard.
The latest version of the CI+ specification details optional features, which the company has incorporated into their Sunrise CI+ product. The optional features include low speed communications, which allows the CAM to use communication channels that are available on the host. This can be used as part of a conditional access system or as an interaction channel; CA PVR Resource, which allows the receiver to record protected content and to play it back at a later date; and SAS (Specific Application Support) Resource, which provides a communication channel between the application on the CI+ CAM and an MHP application on the receiver.
Ocean Blue's CI+ software stack has passed the conformance tests defined and implemented by the SmarDTV test kit, and has now been registered with the CI Plus LLP via the Interim License Agreement issued by the Trust Centre.
The SmarDTV test kit validates the CI+ CAM and host authentication processes, secure communication, transport stream decryption and copy protection information. It also tests other parts of the specification including software download, localisation and man-machine interface. “SmarDTV has been collaborating with Ocean Blue Software for the past 18 months and we are delighted that their CI+ software stack is interoperable with our CI+ modules.” commented Conor Ryan, Vice-President of Marketing at SmarDTV.
The SmarDTV CI+ test kit was run with Ocean Blue's CI+ software stack fully integrated with Sunrise DVB and CI+ Browser components. All three software components can be supplied on their own for integration into third party modules or as a complete turnkey CI+ solution.
Ocean Blue Software developed the world's first CI+ application, in conjunction with SmarDTV, in 2008. The application delivered advanced graphic applications inside a CAM, to run on a CI+ enabled television or set top box.
Ocean Blue's software components are hardware agnostic with well defined and documented APIs; allowing manufacturers to port and validate software with minimal delay and cost.
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