Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”), India’s largest telecommunications service provider, has selected Irdeto to securely deliver content on its new Airtel Xstream 4K Hybrid Box, powered by Android. The new STB, based on Android 9.0, seamlessly brings satellite TV and OTT content together on a single device, with this innovative experience secured by Irdeto Cloaked CA.
Part of Airtel’s converged Airtel Xstream platform, the new hybrid box offers more than 500 TV channels and the Airtel Xstream app pre-installed, as well as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and YouTube. It also boasts Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and built-in Chromecast. The selection of Irdeto Cloaked CA follows an initial partnership in 2018 for Irdeto to secure all content offered on Airtel’s Digital TV services.
“In today’s fast-moving pay TV market, operators need to provide a first-class user experience, while ensuring that all of the great premium content they offer is delivered with optimal security,” said Doug Lowther, CEO, Irdeto. “Airtel has demonstrated real innovation with its Xstream converged platform and set-top box, ensuring a seamless experience across all devices, with robust security front and center provided by Irdeto.”
Sunil Taldar, CEO – Airtel Digital TV, said, “Irdeto has already proven itself a strong security partner for Airtel, making it the perfect choice to secure the innovative new Airtel Xstream set-top box. We are continuing to demonstrate our focus on the greatest experience and choice for our customers and security is a crucial part of this.”
Irdeto Cloaked CA is a key solution offered in the Irdeto 360 Security suite, which is designed to ensure future-proof end-to-end security that can quickly and easily react to changes in the market in a cost-effective fashion. By partnering with Irdeto again, Airtel ensures that its Xstream STB offers the highest levels of security, as required by content owners.