NDS Selected by Comcast as Professional Services Partner and Prime Integrator for tru2way Implementations
* Comcast has selected NDS as the Prime Integrator to assist with its deployment of tru2way enabled devices utilizing the Cable Labs Reference Implementation stack
* NDS’ professional services team will develop a comprehensive test suite for the tru2way Reference Implementation
* NDS to support Comcast and its STB vendors in enabling the Reference Implementation on their devices
Costa Mesa, Calif. - NDS, the leading provider of technology solutions for digital pay-TV, today announced that it has been chosen by Comcast Corporation, one of the United States’ leading providers of entertainment, information and communication products and services, to be the Prime Integrator of the company’s tru2way software integration project that utilizes the Cable Labs tru2way Reference Implementation (RI). Under this agreement, NDS’ Professional Services Group will lead set-top box (STB) testing, code development and success validation for the integration of new tru2way applications and devices for Comcast.
NDS will provide Comcast with services that optimize the RI stack, enabling uniform and reliable porting to tru2way STBs. This will allow Comcast to run the same applications and services across multiple models of STBs, offering a consistent user experience for subscribers and providing the company with the freedom to use a variety of hardware platforms. The NDS team will work to build the RI testing tool, implement the tests against the different STBs, develop code and assist in fixing any issues.
“We are committed to the Cable Labs Reference Implementation and its deployment on tru2way devices,” said Mark Hess, SVP of Advanced Business and Technology Development at Comcast. “NDS has tremendous experience in working with video operators around the world and has proven their ability to offer reliable, timely and highly competent solutions as an integrations partner. We’re eager to begin our work together to enhance the RI, which will help advance the industry’s adoption of tru2way while also enabling us to bring our customers interactive services.”
“We at NDS are thrilled to partner with one of the country’s most forward-thinking and innovative television service providers,” said Stuart McGeechan, Vice President and General Manager of Professional Services, NDS. “Our integration and professional services work has been recognized as dependable and effective in providing complex technical solutions to the US cable market. We are greatly looking forward to integrating the secure RI application into the Comcast portfolio, as this agreement further underlines our successful approach of bringing together best of breed products and solutions while cementing our position as a reliable and trusted ‘go to’ partner for North American cable companies.”
NDS Group Ltd. creates the technologies and applications that enable pay-TV operators to securely deliver digital content to TV STBs (set-top boxes), DVRs (digital video recorders), PCs, mobiles and other multimedia devices. Over 70 of the world’s leading pay-TV platforms rely on NDS solutions to protect and enhance their businesses. VideoGuard® is the world’s market-leading conditional access (CA) and digital rights management (DRM) technology, currently deployed on 119 million active devices, and safeguarding pay-TV service revenues exceeding $40 billion. NDS middleware, including MediaHighway® which enables a host of advanced services for subscribers, has been deployed on 143 million devices. NDS DVR technology, centred around XTV™, leads the global industry with 28 million units deployed. (Deployment figures as of 31st March 2010).
Headquartered in the UK, NDS remains committed to investing in R&D with over 75% of its employees dedicated to pioneering work at development centres in China, Denmark, France, India, Israel, Korea, UK and US. NDS has also implemented a host of initiatives aimed at reducing its carbon footprint and helping digital TV subscribers reduce energy consumption.
NDS Group Ltd. is a private company owned by the Permira Funds and News Corporation. See www.nds.com for more information.
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