Samsung and NAGRA partner on set-top replacement dongle

As the pay-TV industry and the FCC battle it out in Washington over the future of the set-top box, Samsung Electronics has partnered with NAGRA on a dongle-sized, secure set-top alternative for cable and satellite TV subscribers with Samsung TVs. 

The new 4K- and HDR-capable TVkey is billed as a “low-cost” USB dongle that delivers content protection without a set-top or second remote. 

The TVkey security system incorporates the built-in terrestrial, satellite and cable tuners of Samsung TVs to offer subscribers a set-top-free connection to their service.

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Notably, Samsung was the first, alongside Roku, to enlist in Comcast’s “Xfinity TV Partners Program,” which delivers the MSO’s X1 video platform over multiscreen app in lieu of set-top. 

And at the INTX trade show in May, Comcast was among a number of operators and vendors showcasing diminutive set-top device alternatives. 

“By integrating our latest content protection technology alongside open standards, such as USB and HbbTV/HTML5, we not only ensure excellent security, but also deliver a feature-rich, operator-branded user experience directly to the consumer’s TV,” said Maurice van Riek, NAGRA senior VP of content and asset security, in a press release.

Samsung said it plans to release the product later this year, opening it up to other TV manufacturers in 2017.

For more:
- read this Samsung press release

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