Al Jazeera Sports secures content with Irdeto

New agreement extends protection of content on Hotbird and Arabsat.
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Al Jazeera Sport will source more than 500,000 Irdeto Smart Cards as part of a new agreement with the manufacturer to further protect the network's premium content across its entire digital TV network. The solution provides Al Jazeera Sport with a versatile, modular and scalable conditional access system (CAS) featuring the highest levels of protection available against the theft of content over their networks — including pay-per-view (PPV) and video on demand (VOD).

Al Jazeera already has an existing relationship with Irdeto for the encryption of its Nilesat satellite transmissions. The new deal extends Irdeto's encryption services to Hotbird and Arabsat as well so that content is further protected for any subscriber accessing Al Jazeera Sport via any of the three satellites.

The agreement between is part of an aggressive, industry-wide drive in the Gulf to protect content and curb prolific sales of illegal TV set-top boxes that decrypt pay-TV channels.

David Canellos, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Irdeto commented that the two companies have been “successfully partnering in the Middle East for more than three years”.

“We are very pleased to expand on this strong partnership and look forward to continuing to support the success of Al Jazeera Sport as a leading pay-tv operator in the region,” Canellos added.


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