Cisco delivers CA system to Openview HD

Platco Digital, the sister company of South African commercial broadcaster e.tv, has signed a deal with Cisco to provide a CA system for its new multi-channel satellite TV service – Openview HD.

Cisco’s VideoGuard conditional access solution will be used to protect the distribution of content on Platco’s FTA DTH platform and provide affordable multi-channel TV across the African continent. The CAS will ensure that only licensed STBs can access OpenView HD services and will also enable Platco to better understand its viewership statistics.

Openview was initially deployed in South Africa and, for the first time in Africa, offers access to HD channels with no monthly subscription. Viewers only pay a one-off fee for an STB, dish and installation.