SmarDTV Global offers NAGRA NexGuard Watermarking solution for CI Plus Modules

SmarDTV Global, announced today a Watermarking solution available on Conditional Access Modules (CAM) in collaboration with NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company and the world’s leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions.

Watermarking solutions are a strong demand for Pay-TV operators to protect the high-value contents, including live sports events and 4K contents distributed over their devices portfolio. NAGRA and SmarDTV Global have teamed up to offer a solution which is now available on Conditional Access Modules to provide the highest degree of assurance to content owners.

The joint solution is based on a two-step watermarking process, first with the video pre-processing step done by the NAGRA NexGuard PayTV-C watermarking technology integrated into the encoder, and then with the post-processing step done by a lightweight PayTV-C client running into the SmarDTV Module. This two-step approach is the most efficient solution in broadcast workflows, providing several key advantages, like a low bandwidth overhead for watermarked content, no additional latency on signalization and the perfect balance of processing being done by the encoder and by the Module.

Tracing illicit content activity is a necessary and critical first step in fighting today’s greatest piracy challenges, such as the illegal re-distribution of live sports. NAGRA is pleased to collaborate with SmarDTV Global to provide a solution working on legacy CI Plus TV & Consumer CI Plus modules.

Jean-Philippe Plantevin, Vice-President NAGRA Anti-Piracy

SmarDTV Global has been at the forefront of the Conditional Access Module deployment with the focus to pro-actively support Pay-TV operators’ business and content owners.
With more than 10 million CI Plus Modules deployed over the last decade, it is a natural step forward to enrich our products with a state-of-the-art watermarking technology.

Hervé Mathieu, SmarDTV Global COO

SmarDTV CAM integrating NAGRA NexGuard technology and the detection of the imperceptible watermark will be demonstrated on SmarDTV Global/Neotion booth 5-B53 at IBC, Amsterdam, on September 13-17, 2019.

About SmarDTV Global
SmarDTV Global is an international leader in pay television technology. SmarDTV Global designs and manufactures a large range of set-top box solutions and CI / CI Plus plug-in modules which enable access to premium digital Pay-TV whether delivered through broadcast or broadband. A founding member of CI Plus LLP, SmarDTV Global is headquartered in France with development and sales offices in France, Germany, India, China and Singapore. Please visit for more information.

Nadine Favennec
SmarDTV Global
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