NDS Tops New Digital Rights Management Vendor Matrix Ranking

Friday, June 6th, 2008 
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NEW YORK — NDS Group has been ranked at the top of the latest Vendor Matrix released by ABI Research. Widevine and Verimatrix claimed the second and third spots in the company’s new evaluation of worldwide Digital Rights Management (DRM) vendors.

The Vendor Matrix is an analytical tool developed by ABI Research to provide a clear understanding of vendors’ positions in specific markets.

Industry analyst Zippy Aima comments: “There is really very little separating the top three vendors in the Digital Rights Management Vendor Matrix. All offer good individualized technological solutions. NDS took top honors mainly on account of its larger market share. Widevine and Verimatrix are relatively new in the market, and their rapid success in gaining market share is commendable. On the basis of longevity in the market and number of customers, however, NDS has to be considered the market leader.”

Vendors are assessed by ABI Research on the important parameters of “innovation” and “implementation” across several criteria unique to each vendor matrix.

For this particular matrix, under “innovation,” ABI Research examined companies’ support for multiple formats; their ability to address vertical markets; their end devices and product innovation; their post-decryption security features; and upgrade paths.

Under “implementation,” ABI Research scrutinized the following criteria: customers, geographic penetration, partners, market share, professional services, and the number of subscribers and/or set top boxes deployed.

To view a list of the “top ten” firms in this Vendor Matrix, please visit “Digital Rights Management Vendor Matrix”. Registration on the ABI Research website (free) is required. Access to the rankings and profiles of all companies surveyed is available to clients of ABI Research.

This Vendor Matrix forms part of ABI Research’s Digital Media Research Service. For a list of all ABI Research Vendor Matrices, please visit The ABI Research Vendor Matrix.