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NDS Snowflake Premiers at ZON TV Cabo
  • First customer deployment of NDS Snowflake™ advanced User Interface
  • ZON TV Cabo chooses NDS MediaHighway® set-top box software to enable next generation functionality
  • Operator engages NDS Studio Design consultancy for end-to-end design expertise

London, UK – January 24, 2011 NDS, the leading provider of technology solutions for digital pay-TV, today announced that ZON TV Cabo (ZON) has launched the NDS Snowflake™ User Interface (UI), enabled by MediaHighway® set-top box (STB) software as the basis for its new “IRIS” service.

ZON has selected NDS to deliver their next-generation TV service following formal trials of a number of technologies. ZON TV Cabo will be the first to launch the NDS Snowflake UI, which has been applied to the ZON brand to provide a consistent end-to-end brand identity for the platform.


Enabled by MediaHighway, ZON will provide its high-end subscribers with access to a broad range of services including VOD, catch-up TV, widgets, DVR functionality and recommendations within the operator-branded UI.

Nuno Sanches, Head of TV Products at ZON commented: “By placing the user at the heart of the TV experience we feel we’ve been able to offer a truly next-generation product that builds on TV’s heritage as a shared experience, with simple, elegant navigation that redefines it for the internet generation.” He added “NDS’ design skill and pay-TV expertise have been invaluable on this project and we look forward to continuing our relationship to take an already phenomenal user experience even further.”

“The UI is a key differentiator in advanced markets and ZON’s vision and emphasis on the user experience is one that we strongly support.” said Olivier Lacour, VP NDS Studio Design. “The quality of the platform is witness to the close collaboration between dedicated teams from ZON and NDS over the past year and we are extremely proud to be supporting them through this revolutionary launch.”

The multi-award-winning NDS Snowflake was designed by Paris based NDS Studio Design, who ZON also engaged for branding consultancy across the platform – including advertising and point of sale design.

About ZON Multimedia

ZON Multimedia, listed on the main Portuguese stock index, PSI-20 index, is the leader of the pay TV market in Portugal and the country's second largest Internet provider. ZON Multimedia has 1.6 million TV clients, 666,000 broadband and 732,000 fixed line customers. ZON Multimedia is Portugal's leading provider of triple play solutions, offering multiple services across several platforms: cable, satellite and mobile. Additionally, the company is Portugal's leading content distribution and cinema exhibition company. For more information, visit ZON at http://www.zon.pt

About NDS
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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