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NEOTION, which provides DVB-CI & CI Plus Modules for Pay TV, has added dual channel descrambling capabilities to the Irdeto access control modules available on the Austrian market. The NEOTION Irdeto SoftCell 3.11 Dual Mode CA Modules are now able to descramble two channels simultaneously for advanced set-top boxes or iDTVs with PVR features or Picture in Picture functionality (PIP). The future shipments of these products will embed this new feature by default. NEOTION will launch this new product in April in collaboration with its local partner Estro.
This NEOTION CAM can be directly inserted into the CI interface present on all iDTVs and on some set-top boxes. It will be used for the ORF satellite package, which has been operated by ORS (Austrian Broadcasting Services) since 2000 and currently has over 2.6 million subscribers. Nicolas Stefanelli, Irdeto Product Head at NEOTION, points out: “ORS broadcasts the main channels ORF eins, ORF 2 and its regional channels of the ORF satellite package in a single transponder. With this new feature, the user can now, for example, watch the channel ORF eins while recording ORF 2, or he can watch ORF eins in full screen mode while getting ORF 2 in the small PIP window.”