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NDS Powers Hybrid VOD Service at Kabel BW
  • Kabel BW VOD service powered by end-to-end solution from NDS
  • Provides real-time access to VOD content through DVB-C-based streaming technology

London, GB, 01.03.2011 NDS, the leading provider of technology solutions for digital pay-TV, today announced the provision of an end-to-end suite of technologies to leading cable operator Kabel BW, enabling the launch of the operator’s Video-on-Demand (VOD) service. Kabel BW’s new DVB-C-based VOD system is based on NDS’ MediaHighway® set-top box (STB) software and VOD technology. The launch of the new service in December provided Kabel BW subscribers with instant access to an on-demand video content library.

The VOD solution for Kabel BW builds on the hybrid capabilities of NDS MediaHighway: Content delivery is DVB-C-based with VOD titles streamed over cable. For interactivity and commands such as ordering a movie, the service connects to the Internet. MediaHighway enables Kabel BW to seamlessly evolve their offering and enable service enhancements to be deployed across all addressed STBs from multiple STB vendors in a single roll-out operation.

Harald Rösch, CEO of Kabel BW, said: “NDS have been instrumental in enabling this innovative hybrid solution which combines the strength of cable for high quality content delivery with the interactive benefits of Internet connectivity. We are extremely pleased to be able to provide this new service to our subscribers and look forward to further market innovations with support from NDS.“

Yves Padrines, NDS VP Sales Europe & General Manager NDS GmbH, commented: “Kabel BW is a clear innovator in the market. In 2007 they were the first German operator to choose our Conditional Access technology, and they have since taken great steps to provide their subscribers with quality and choice, through the introduction of an end-to-end suite of technologies from NDS.” He added: “We thoroughly look forward to supporting future innovation at Kabel BW.”

Kabel BW offers innovative triple play services to more than 2.3 million subscribers, serving nearly half of all homes in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. They currently benefit from a complete, future-oriented end-to-end digital TV solution from NDS, including MediaHighway set-top box software,
XTV DVR technology and market-leading NDS VideoGuard® content protection, with Conditional Access and DRM for VOD content. The solution also includes an NDS Electronic Programme Guide and NDS Headend technology.

About Kabel BW
Kabel BW is Baden-Württemberg’s fast-growing, innovative provider for fast Internet, telephone and TV (Triple Play). Kabel BW currently has over 2.3 million customers and is one of the largest cable operators in Europe, with every second household in Baden-Württemberg using their products. Kabel BW offers attractive packages with an excellent price/performance ratio and the highest Internet bandwidths (up to 100 Mbit/s) as well as telephone flat rates. Kabel BW customers currently have both analogue and digital reception of up to 400 TV programs (including HDTV) as well as 150 radio channels.

About NDS Group Ltd.

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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