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Round Table on CI Plus 2.0

From the CI Plus Task Force launched in 2019, two successful international workshops on the potential of CI Plus 2.0 were held in autumn 2020 and spring 2021, which were transferred to a CI Plus Round Table from May 2021.

The internationally staffed Round Table organised by the German TV-Platform is open to all market participants. It moderates and coordinates the discussion about a possible market launch of CI Plus 2.0 in the DACH region and also looks beyond the European horizon for orientation.

In contrast to its predecessors, the CI Plus 2.0 standard is no longer based on modules but on the USB form factor. In addition to the new hardware, many other questions are relevant for a possible changeover (e.g. migration scenarios), which will be discussed during the round table.

Workshop about CI Plus 2.0 on 24 March 2021

On 24 March 2021, Deutsche TV-Plattform will hold a digital workshop on CI Plus.

Wednesday, 24 March 2021
1pm – approx. 4pm CET

The aim is to introduce and showcase the CI Plus standard in version 2.0, including a discussion of the prospects for a market launch from the perspective of the industry, network operators and content providers, including the consumer perspective.

The CI Plus Task Force of the Deutsche TV-Plattform has already been working on CI Plus 2.0 for a year and presented a discussion paper on this topic in autumn 2020.

We will publish detailed information with regard to the agenda and procedure shortly.

If you are interested in attending the event, please contact our office.

Discussion on perspectives of CI-Plus 2.0

Deutsche TV-Plattform discusses a possible market launch of the new version of the CI Plus Interface - CI+ 2.0. CI Plus enables the reception and use of encrypted audiovisual content without an external set-top box. For example, encrypted HDTV channels can be used with TV sets in which no encryption system is installed. So far, so-called CI Plus modules have provided more flexibility in television. These plug-in modules would in future be replaced by USB sticks from version 2.0 onwards.  

The future migration to USB clients would in principle bring benefits for consumers and market participants - but it also raises many questions in the industry, for example with regard to logistics, communication or the length of a migration phase. In order to make the latter consumer-friendly, it would be necessary, in particular from the point of view of platform and content providers, to ensure a sufficiently long transition phase during which the old and new CI Plus interfaces are supported in parallel. The German TV Platform discussed these issues in a first step and structured "Pro & Contra" in a technical document. 

At the beginning of 2021, Deutsche TV-Plattform plans to bring together an extended circle of relevant companies and stakeholders from the DACH region who are concerned with a possible switchover. In this circle it will be further discussed whether a roadmap for a CI Plus 2.0 introduction can be developed.  

If you are interested, please contact our office

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