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Chapter 10. Security > Cable Conditional Access TV

10.6. Cable Conditional Access TV

This section presents two key issues that must be addressed to enable the cable subsection industry: the Host–Point of Deployment (POD) interface and copy protection technologies [HOSTPOD]. The Host-POD interface is concerned with enabling a large Multiple System Owners (MSO) to work with a number of 3rd party set-top box manufacturers without releasing control over critical Conditional Access (CA) and encryption components. In contrast, copy protection technologies ensure that content delivered to consumers through set-top boxes is not reproduced without authorization.

Although seemingly unrelated, the business environment today requires both technologies to be integrated. And while it is possible to have a Host-POD interface which does not support a copy-protection system, as well as a copy-protection system which does not support the Host-POD interface, virtually all cable set-top boxes today deploy implementations in which the two are well integrated.


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