Irdeto secures South African mobile TV service

Technology & Convergence

Content security specialist Irdeto is securing South Africa’s first broadcast mobile TV service.

In partnership with Korean manufacturer Valups, Irdeto is delivering content from pay TV operator DStv to devices including laptops, iPads, iPod Touches and iPhones.
The content is secured using a Valups dongle, which DStv has branded Drifta, which has embedded security hardware and software from Irdeto and works with Irdeto’s Conditional Access System 3 solution.

The Drifta is available from retailers in South Africa for SAR599 (€110). It will launch soon in Ghana, Kenya, Namibia and Nigeria. A monthly DStv Mobile subscription is also required but DStv premium subscribers can access the service for no additional fee.

Francois Theron, CEO DStv Mobile said: “DStv Mobile was tasked with the challenge of taking Africa into the innovative, exciting and very important realm of mobile TV. An increasing number of Africans can now access broadcast mobile television and Multichoice Africa wanted to be the first to ensure our subscribers could watch their favourite content however and wherever they like.”