Eagle Gets IPTV Set-Top Security Patent

Eagle Broadband was awarded a new patent on its advanced set-top technology that ensures secure delivery of digital-television content.

The company said the technology behind U.S. Patent 7,159,044 “virtually eliminates the risk of unauthorized network access and theft of digital content in hotels, condominium buildings and local cable companies that provide IPTV cable-television services,” adding, “Television programming and access to a main network can be ‘unlocked’ by an in-room set-top box only if both the proper software and hardware are operating normally.”

If either part of the chain runs in an unexpected manner, Eagle’s technology shuts off the hardware, thus locking out unauthorized access to the network, the company added.