SCM Microsystems has signed an agreement to supply digital TV security modules to Turkey's Digital Platform, which operates Turkey's Digiturk digital DTH platform. Digiturk is the country's biggest pay-television operator, with around 800,000 subscribers.
The SCM common interface plug-in security modules, which feature Philips's Cryptoworks security system, will allow greater conditional access (CA) security, and will be supplied to Digiturk's new and existing customers in Turkey and throughout the satellite footprint in Europe and the Middle East. Consumers who already have a CI-ready digital television or set-top box can easily subscribe to Digiturk's premium pay-TV services without adding an additional set-top box.
"Now anyone with a CI standard set-top box can subscribe to Digiturk," said Taylan Ozsipahi, Digiturk's head of set-top box and conditional access technologies. "The growth in CI-ready set-top boxes makes this a good opportunity for us. We see a pent up demand from the base of CI-ready devices throughout Turkey and with the Turkish people living throughout Europe."
"As the base of CI-ready DTVs and set-top boxes expands, it becomes very interesting financially for operators to expand their subscriber base by offering a licensed, CI-compliant security module," commented SCM Microsystems' CEO Robert Schneider. "Our commitment to the DVB standards and our investment in supporting leading DTV security systems position us strongly to capitalize on this growing trend."