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CANAL+ Chooses the Latest Generation of NDS Middleware to Transform Subscribers’ Set-top Boxes into Digital Video Recorders


* CANAL+ GROUP has deployed the latest generation of NDS’ MediaHighway® middleware, allowing subscribers to easily transform their HD set-top boxes (STBs) into HD digital video recorders (DVRs)
* CANAL+ and CANALSAT subscribers in France can now add an external hard drive via the USB port on their HD STB to have a fully functional HD DVR
* CANAL+ has also deployed NDS’ MediaHighway to support its latest dual-tuner HD STB

LONDON, UK, PARIS, FRANCE – February 2008 – NDS, the leading provider of technology solutions for digital Pay-TV, today announced that CANAL+ GROUP, France’s leading Pay TV provider, has chosen the latest generation of MediaHighway® middleware to enable subscribers to transform their HD STBs into DVRs. CANAL+ launched its first HD STB two years ago and currently there are about 250,000 HD satellite STBs installed in subscribers’ homes.

CANAL+ subscribers can connect an external hard disk to their HD STB via the USB port. Only external hard disk units which meet the requirements of CANAL+ for performance, stability and security will be integrated to provide the service. On its website, CANAL+ GROUP publishes a list of approved hard disks that are now available to buy in retail outlets.

As part of the adoption of the new version of MediaHighway, the middleware has automatically downloaded new software to each HD STB. The HD STBs now detect the addition of a new external hard drive and format the drive for use as a DVR. Subscribers may use more than one external hard drive if they wish.

CANAL+ has kicked off a marketing program to encourage customers to upgrade to HD and DVR functionality.

In addition, NDS today announced that CANAL+ has deployed NDS’ MediaHighway to support its latest satellite dual-tuner HD STB for the French market.

MediaHighway is the market-leading middleware for digital pay TV worldwide. There are currently over 76.4 million NDS middleware clients deployed, and there are over 10.4 million NDS-powered DVRs in viewers’ homes around the world.

“MediaHighway was the only middleware that enabled CANAL+ to offer its consumers the choice of industry-leading pay-TV solutions it required. MediaHighway has demonstrated yet again that it can handle complex requirements,” commented Caroline Le Bigot, NDS Vice President, EMEA.
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