NDS Declared Global IPTV DRM Leader by Two Independent Analyst Firms

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008 
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  • Leading market analyst organisations Current Analysis and ABI Research cite NDS as the global leader in content security and Digital Rights Management (DRM) solutions for IPTV platforms
  • Telco customers include Arcor, Viasat, KT and Sistema Mass Media

LONDON, UK — NDS Group plc (NASDAQ: NNDS), the leading provider of technology solutions for digital Pay-TV, today announced that it has been ranked by both ABI Research and Current Analysis as the leading content security and Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology vendor worldwide.

NDS is the worldwide market leader in content protection and DRM solutions for Pay-TV operators of all sizes, with successful deployments both with and without smart cards. IPTV customers include: Arcor (Germany), BBTV (Japan), Cyta (Cyprus), KT (Korea), SES Americom (USA), Sistema Mass Media (Russia), Telekom Austria, and Viasat (Scandinavia).

With NDS VideoGuard® content protection, telcos can securely deliver premium content, supplementing triple-play and quad-play offerings with new TV services that build subscriber loyalty and increase revenues. A wide range of flexible business models are supported, including: broadcast TV, Video-on-Demand (VOD) and Client and Network Digital Video Recorders (DVR). VideoGuard is the most deployed content protection technology in the market today, currently securing over 90.3 million active devices worldwide.

The NDS portfolio of solutions for telcos and other Pay-TV operators includes NDS Unified Headend™ which integrates DRM, CA and third party applications, allowing operators to deliver secure linear and on-demand video services to a variety of devices – including STBs, DVRs, mobile phones, PCs, and Personal Media Players (PMPs). It allows telcos to deliver content to various devices with optimum operational efficiency, using a single system to control content distribution.

NDS Takes First Place According to Current Analysis

“Content security solutions are increasingly becoming critical components for enabling business model flexibility, in addition to securing content and revenue streams. This flexibility comprises three key elements: network, integration, and cost. NDS, by virtue of its dominant footprint and capability to deliver an integrated end-to-end offering, captures the top spot in terms of influencing the overall IP video and IPTV content security market.” said Yoav Schreiber, Senior Analyst, Digital Media Infrastructure at Current Analysis.

“Operators are increasingly leveraging IP technology to expand their consumer video service offerings with functionality such as interactive services and non-linear content. This puts increased demand on content security vendors for enabling operator business model flexibility to provide differentiated services,” continued Schreiber.

ABI Research Ranks NDS Number One

NDS has also been ranked at the top of the latest Vendor Matrix released by ABI Research. The Vendor Matrix is an analytical tool developed by ABI Research to provide a clear understanding of vendors’ positions in specific markets.

Zippy Aima, industry analyst from ABI Research added: “NDS took top honours mainly on account of its larger market share. On the basis of longevity in the market and number of customers, NDS has to be considered the market leader.”

“Two independent research organisations have now declared NDS to be the leading IPTV content protection vendor in the world, which is a real endorsement of the security, flexibility and price competitiveness of our leading edge solutions and is consistent with our own internal data,” said Nigel Smith, NDS Chief Marketing Officer at NDS.

“As IP delivery and home networking technologies continue to change the way entertainment is consumed, we are looking to a future where Pay-TV content and rights are securely managed between all devices,” he continued. “Telcos are well positioned to take advantage of this convergence. NDS content protection solutions give these operators the most innovative and robust security across multiple consumer devices.”