Ziggo to block AlphaCrypt in February

Dutch cable operator Ziggo is to block reception of its services via AlphaCrypt common interface modules in TVs that are compatible with the new CI Plus standard.

Ziggo, which plans to phase out reception via AlphaCrypt modules by February 2, says that the modules provide inadequate content protection and that content suppliers including RTL, SBS, Disney and Sony will not allow their content to be distributed using the older CI technology.

Ziggo says that over 100,000 customers are now receiving its services via CI Plus modules, following its launch of CI Plus in September.