SIDSA Provides KeyFly Technology to Al Jazeera Sports

3/2/2006 - SIDSA, the international provider of Digital TV and Broadband solutions, products and services, is in partnership with Al Jazeera Sport to provide it with the KeyFly technology for its newly launched bouquet Plus (two channels, AJSC+1 and AJSC+2). KeyFly is a state-of-the-art Conditional Access System, the safest in the world as it does not require a smart card.

Following its agreement with Al Jazeera Sport, the company is selling CAMs (Conditional Access Modules) for around $50 each one that enable Al Jazeera Sports’ subscribers to watch for one year the main European Football Leagues, among them the Spanish, the Italian and the Portuguese as well as the FA and Carling Cups in England.

The pay-TV rights for these Football Leagues and other exciting sports are embedded in the CAM, based on SIDSA’s MACtsp. The CAM also allows the subscribers to have access to other pay-TV platforms, such as Showtime or ART using the official smart cards of these platforms.

There is a market of around 2 millions CI STBs in the Arabian countries. SIDSA CAMs is the solution for this user platform enabling to watch Al-Jazeera Sport channels, at a time when pay-TV contents are increasingly drawing in a large number of subscriptions in the region. The CAM does not require a smart card –reducing thus the possibility of piracy as well as the savings for the customers of such smart card- and allowing the implementation of different subscription models (pay-per-view, impulsive pay-per-view, order ahead pay-per-view, pay as you watch and pay-per-date), as well as a messaging system whereby subscribers may make comments on the contents through SMS messages on screen.

KeyFly is also being used by other international TV players like the Spanish TVE or Africa Digital DTH. SIDSA will show the system at the CabSat fair which will take place between March 7th and 9th at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

SIDSA (Semiconductores Investigación y Diseño SA) is an international Provider of Global Solutions, Products and Services in the fields of Digital TV, IP TV, Mobile TV, Conditional Access systems and Broadband. It offers a wide range of multimedia products: from its own System on Chip (SoC) integrated circuits to global and vertical integrated solutions to its customers, allowing them to get the best of it and generating new profitable business models. Created in 1992, initially as a Design House of Semiconductor components and ASICs (Custom integrated circuits), SIDSA has become a highly reputed international provider with a design centre in Tres Cantos (Madrid) and offices in The Silicon Valley, California.

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