Joyne turns to Conax; Nagra lands German soccer protection

A new Dutch operator Joyne, which has only just launched has entrusted Conax for its content security, over DTH broadcast delivery. It will use a combination of Conax Contego-as a service, where the security is set up hosted in the cloud, combined with a Conax Cardless CAM, made by sister firm SmarDTV. Both are  part of Swiss-based Kudelski.

The system has been cleared to give access to HD, and UHD content, so it has the hardware root of trust and must also use Movielabs mandated Forensic Watermarking, which is likely to come from recent Kudelski acquisition NexGuard, another sister company – though it was not mentioned in the release.

Joyne is a new DTH targeting Dutch viewers with second homes and mobile homes, as well as public spaces in camping sites and bars. It was launched this year on the back of a multi-year, multi-transponder contract with Eutelsat for uplink services and content distribution.

Joyne has 50 Dutch and international channels, which include Fox Sports HD, and Discovery Networks Benelux. Customers need a DTH dish of 45cm or bigger. Contego-as-a-Service was designed for rapid service start-up and involves no capital expenditure and is instead all Opex, which will have cut down the amount of investment needed for such a start-up.

Conax Core Access, the security client built into the Cardless CAM has just cleared the stringent Farncombe Security Audit.

Hans Brunas, CEO of Joyne said, “Conax Contego gives us the ability to combine DVB, IPTV, and OTT clients in the same backend, giving us the flexibility to scale our service. Additionally, through the security features of the Conax Cardless CAM, we gain access to premium channels and ability to enrich our end-user product packages.”

Joyne’s key idea is to offer flexible short-term subscriptions for Dutch viewers plus special offers for public spaces in camping sites and bars.

In July Joyne announced it would go on the Eutelsat 9B satellite to reach viewers in the Netherlands and Dutch viewers further afield across Europe for just €13 per month for Joyne Travel Lite, and €22 per month for Joyne Basic. Customers can connect up to 4 televisions if they have a 12 month subscription and can receive service anywhere in Europe. Conax Core can work with devices made by SoC partners including as Ali Corp, Broadcom and MStar.

In a separate Kudelski announcement, Nagra said this week it has been selected by the Germany Football League (DFL) to help it fight illegal online content sharing of the Bundesliga. It will provide the DFL with anti-piracy services to fight illegal live streaming of Bundesliga games for the 2017-18 season. Nagra Anti-Piracy Services include real-time monitoring, takedown and litigation services as well as content protection and its NexGuard forensic watermarking.