Irdeto, SafeNet Team

Irdeto and SafeNet announce partnership in mobile TV protection, combining conditional access and digital rights management (DRM)

May 24, 2007

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BALTIMORE, Md. -- SafeNet, Inc, the foundation of information security, and Irdeto, the proven expert in content security for digital TV, IPTV, and mobile, today announced their partnership in mobile TV protection. The resulting joint solution unites two normally competing technologies: conditional access and digital rights management (DRM) to reduce risk and uncertainty for broadcasters and operators, and enable mobile TV to reach its potential.

Traditionally, broadcasters and operators had to choose between conditional access and DRM when deploying mobile TV. Each solution has strengths: conditional access brings the experience of decades of deployment in cable, terrestrial, broadband and satellite, while DRM exploits open standards favored by the mobile community. This partnership brings together the world leaders in each area – Irdeto with more than a million mobile TV conditional access users in South Korea, South Africa and Germany, and SafeNet with the world’s first commercial DRM deployment for mobile TV in the UK.

Under the partnership, SafeNet’s DRM Fusion Toolkit4TV will be integrated into Irdeto’s mobile broadcast conditional access solution, therefore supporting--

  • All networks – Irdeto and SafeNet together have deployments over DAB, DMB, DVB-H, and MBMS

  • All protection standards – the joint solution is the only one to support conditional access using DVB-OSF and DRM using DVB-18Crypt, MBMS Security, and OMA BCAST.

Through support for SimulCrypt, a part of the overall DVB standard, the joint solution even supports simultaneous deployment of multiple mobile TV protection standards within a single system. This allows the system to use OMA BCAST smartcard profile with standards-enabled handsets and SIMs, and DVB-OSF with other handsets and broadcast-only devices.

“SafeNet and Irdeto bring complementary skills to the table. Irdeto has decades of experience in the day-to-day operation of broadcast systems, and protects the world’s largest mobile TV deployment. SafeNet is the recognized leader, driving deployment, innovation, and standards in DRM for mobile TV. This fit makes a compelling partnership, both for us and for our customers,” said Graham Kill, CEO of Irdeto.

Under the terms of the partnership, Irdeto and SafeNet will also collaborate on an end-to-end OMA 2 DRM solution, integrating SafeNet’s DRM Fusion Toolkit server solution, and Irdeto’s mobile DRM client solution.

“Mobile TV is a compelling revenue opportunity for broadcasters and operators, which risks being derailed by the acronym soup of standards and interoperability issues,” said Simon Blake-Wilson, managing director, DRM, SafeNet. “We are proud to partner with Irdeto to produce a multi-technology protection solution that will enable mobile TV to realize its potential.”

Irdeto Access B.V.

SafeNet Inc. (Nasdaq: SFNT)

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