ART reveals Irdeto CA switch-off timetable

Operator will continue with existing tech in multiple territories.
ART, Irdeto, Multichoice, Viaccess, World Cup 2010, News, Broadcast Business


Pay TV operator ART has revealed it will begin to switch from Irdeto to Viaccess conditional access systems on June 1, 2010, according to MultiChoice Middle East (MCME), the ART-owned subscriber services and operations company.

The first channels to switch from the previous system will be the ART sports offerings, with the timing of the changeover to fall before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, which ART has exclusive rights to.

“We are switching Irdeto off on June 1 on the ART sports channels and will then phase them out of other channels after that,” said Khaled Abu Namous, general manager, MCME.

Despite the change, Irdeto and MCME will continue their relationship for the foreseeable future, Namous revealed. 

“We will wait until 95 percent of ART subscribers have taken possession of the new Viaccess-secured set top box that entered the market last week,” said Namous.

“Other MCME clients will continue to use Irdeto and ART will also continue to use Irdeto in Australia,” he explained.

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