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Russia's Pakt Selects NDS End-to-End Videoguard Express Solution to Bring Digital Cable TV to St. Petersburg
  • NDS VideoGuard Express™ to protect and power PAKT’s digital cable TV business
  • PAKT to deploy VideoGuard Express end-to-end solution including MediaHighway® set-top box software, VideoGuard® conditional access technology and an NDS EPG
  • VideoGuard Express enables PAKT to expand its offerings to include DVR (digital video recorder) and interactive applications in the future

Amsterdam, Netherlands – IBC, Stand 1.A71 – September 9, 2010 - NDS, the leading provider of technology solutions for digital pay-TV, today announced that PAKT, a cable Pay TV provider in St Petersburg, Russia, has selected NDS VideoGuard Express™ to protect and power its digital cable service. PAKT currently has 70 000 analogue subscribers and is now investing in digital technology to bring an enhanced TV service to their viewers.

“We chose VideoGuard Express because of the superiority of its content protection, its flexible and powerful middleware and user interface, and its ability to support new applications and services as our business grows,” said Belozerov Nikolay, General Manager, PAKT. “To remain competitive in our market, it was crucial that our chosen solution not only provided us with leading-edge technology, but also that it did so in a cost-effective manner. VideoGuard Express does exactly that.”

VideoGuard Express is a fully-featured solution that allows smaller or newer pay-TV operators to introduce digital services quickly and cost-effectively. With VideoGuard Express, customers benefit from the same market-leading security which is relied on by established pay-TV operators around the globe. VideoGuard® currently protects content in more than 133 million active devices worldwide.

The solution also includes: NDS Guide, a flexible seven-day electronic programme guide (EPG), NDS MediaHighway® middleware and pre-integration with selected STB models. VideoGuard Express also gives operators the flexibility and scalability to support a wide range of future services including digital video recorder (DVR) functionality and interactive applications.

“PAKT has a reputation as a high quality provider of cable TV and broadband services. As PAKT develops its digital service offering, VideoGuard Express will provide them with the content and service protection to safeguard their revenues from the threat of piracy, but also the enabling technologies to build viewer loyalty and grow their business,” said  Yves Padrines, Vice President, Business Development at NDS “VideoGuard Express is a complete, cost-effective solution that is tailored to price sensitive markets and continues to be popular with small to medium sized operators such as PAKT who are looking to offer a truly enhanced service.”

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 70 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 133 million active devices, and safeguarding pay-TV service revenues exceeding $40 billion. NDS middleware, including MediaHighway® which enables a host of advanced services for subscribers, has been deployed on 152 million devices. NDS DVR technology, centred around XTV, leads the global industry with 30 million units deployed. (Deployment figures as of 30th June 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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