Canal Digital taps Conax to secure Android TV service

Nordic pay TV operator Canal Digital has tapped Kudelski Group-owned Conax to provide content security for its new OnePlace Android TV-based advanced TV service.

Canal Digital is using Conax to secure its new Android TV-based box, which is now available to its subscribers.

Conax said its solution for Canal Digital is based on a strict separation between the application environment and premium content within the set-top box, using Conax’s Lynx isolation technology.

Conax said that its technology creates a Secure Media Pipeline (SMP) where software hacks are unable to manipulate or steal video content. SMP is one main component in the Enhanced Content Protection (ECP) requirements from MovieLabs to approve use of 4K/UHD content on a set-top box.

The content security operation for OnePlace is managed by Conax’s content security platform Conax Contego.

Henke Erichsen, CTO of Canal Digital, said: “We are proud and excited to provide OnePlace to our customers in the Nordics, and bring them a unique and personalised user experience that combines both linear and on-demand content. OnePlace is based on Android TV, and the open ecosystem will enable future innovation to the benefit of our customers. A number of suppliers, including Conax, have cooperated on developing the product. Conax’s contributions to the project have been vital in keeping content secure on the open ecosystem platform, and in ensuring that OnePlace complies with the strictest security requirements from content owners.”

Morten Solbakken, EVP and COO of the Kudelski Group, said: “We have been working with Canal Digital from very early on and are delighted to be a part of the OnePlace project. We have been able to utilize our unique expertise on securing Android TV ecosystems with several Conax technologies such as Conax Lynx to enable the new TV experience envisioned by Canal Digital. We look forward to continuing our collaboration on the new platform as new features are launched.”

Canal Digital launched OnePlace earlier this month, providing  a range of TV and streaming services, catch-up content, on-demand movies, series and games and apps. The company tapped 3 Screen Solutions to design and develop a new set-top box user interface for the service.