Logitech is using Irdeto's Cloakware content-security software in its Google TV-based set-top box, to enable access to premium content from Netflix and other providers.
The Logitech Revue, which began shipping last month for $300 list price, is a "sidecar" set-top box designed to let users search for TV shows and Internet content from a single interface, as well as access TV-based apps. The box also is available from Dish Network for $179, plus a $4 monthly fee.
"We are working with Irdeto to offer a safe environment for premium content services," Ashish Arora, Logitech vice president and general manager of the digital home group, said in a statement. "We selected Irdeto because the company delivers a very flexible and reliable solution for protecting high-value content over broadband -- without compromising user experience."
Netflix earlier this year licensed Irdeto's Cloakware to extend the Watch Instantly on-demand streaming capability to a broader array of devices. The Irdeto software is designed to protect application code against tampering and hack attacks.
"It signals to me that in this broadband video environment, there will be free, commercial-supported and premium services -- and the premium services are still requiring a level of safety to operate in that environment," Irdeto Americas vice president Jan Steenkamp said.
While the Revue box's HDMI interface provides encryption and copy protection for high-value content, Cloakware protects the inner workings of the set-top, said David Vogel, Irdeto's director of strategic accounts. "If somebody gets inside the box and accesses some of the assets, then you're potentially talking about the entire business model being compromised," he said.