DIRECTV Extends Contract with NDS for Advanced Set-top Box Software and DVR Solutions
* NDS to continue to provide set-top box software and DVR technology to DIRECTV U.S. and DIRECTV Latin America through 2016.
COSTA MESA, CA - NDS, the leading provider of technology solutions for digital pay-TV, today announced that it has renewed its agreement with DIRECTV, the largest satellite pay-TV operator in the world, to continue to deliver set-top box (STB) software and digital video recorder (DVR) technology to DIRECTV U.S. and DIRECTV Latin America through January 2016.
“DIRECTV and NDS have a strong history in pioneering the best in consumer television services,” said Rômulo Pontual, Executive Vice President, Engineering and Chief Technology Officer, DIRECTV. “I am very confident that with the extension of this partnership, DIRECTV will have the tools needed to deliver comprehensive solutions, so that our customers can enjoy the next exciting generation of entertainment.”
“DIRECTV has long demonstrated its commitment to delivering the very latest in advanced TV and DVR services, said Raffi Kesten, Chief Operating Officer, NDS. “We share a common goal to satisfy consumer appetite for next generation TV experiences while supporting the long term business goals of the pay-TV operator.”
The contract sees the extension of the relationship between NDS and DIRECTV to supply set-top box software across the platform, originally established in 2005. NDS continue to provide other core technologies to the operator including conditional access.
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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