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Perfect box? MStar & Exset combine

Exset, pioneers of TV ecosystems for developing markets, has today announced a close cooperation with pioneering set-top box technology developers MStar. This alliance combines MStar’s silicon, hardware conditional access (CAS) and software stack to create a set-top box architecture and reference design in synergy with Exset’s Digital Monetization System (DMS).

DMS is Exset’s business and technology model, intended to make pay-TV self-financing without depending exclusively on subscriber fees, meant to facilitate digital television platforms that can be monetised in emerging markets previously intransigent.

Scot Cuthbertson, Technical Director, MStar Europe, says, “The close cooperation between broadcast technology vendor Exset and MStar’s set-top box R&D team enabled us to design a truly optimised platform. The DMS service combined with hardware conditional access provides an interactive pay-TV solution at a new cost/performance tier in the market. Exset was able to capitalise on MStar’s end-to-end silicon, software and support resources to deliver a highly efficient solution.”

The set-top box reference design and software stack will be supplied to relevant companies for set-top box customisation and manufacture.

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