NDS Secure Sky Deutschland CI+ Modules
* Sky Deutschland chooses NDS VideoGuard technology for CI+ modules
* NDS helps Sky to deliver more hardware choice to customers
* Sky supports the development of CI+ compatible devices in the German and Austrian consumer electronics markets
LONDON, UK - NDS, the leading provider of technology solutions for digital pay-TV, today announced that Sky Deutschland, the largest pay-TV operator in Germany and Austria, have launched Common Interface Plus (CI+) modules based on the NDS VideoGuard® conditional access (CA) system.
CI+ allows manufacturers to launch a wide range of devices, such as integrated Digital TV-sets and set-top boxes that can easily and securely provide access to Sky’s premium TV programming through plug-in CI+ modules. The recently launched modules fully support all Sky programming including Sky’s HD channels. The modules will be supplied in cooperation with select device manufacturers.
Gerry Duffy, Senior Vice President Technology said: “Our new CI+ modules, secured by NDS, help us to approach new customer groups. They provide the experienced consumer electronics user with greater flexibility in their hardware choice, and with that more options to access the world of Sky. In parallel we fulfil the security requirements of our content licensors by relying on the robust content protection of our technology partner NDS to implement the CI+ specification.”
Yves Padrines, VP Sales Europe and General Manager NDS GmbH, said: “We are proud to be supporting Sky in their efforts to increase the reach of their platform to further CE devices. The flexibility of the NDS VideoGuard security solution is further enabling Sky to meet consumer demands and provide all subscribers with their full content portfolio, with the confidence that their platform remains secure.”
The Sky Deutschland platform employs a full suite of NDS technologies, including VideoGuard Conditional Access, world-leading MediaHighway® set-top box software with XTV DVR technology and an NDS Electronic Programme Guide.
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 75 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 145 million active devices, and safeguarding pay-TV service revenues exceeding $50 billion. NDS middleware, including MediaHighway® which enables a host of advanced services for subscribers, has been deployed on 171 million devices. NDS DVR technology, centred around XTV™, leads the global industry with 35 million units deployed. (Deployment figures as of 31st December 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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