NDS Partners with VBox and Cyberlink to Deliver the First Fully Converged TV and PC Platform to 'Yes'

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007
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  • Comprehensive solution integrating VBox receiver, Cyberlink PowerCinema™ and NDS VideoGuard PC™, transforming the PC into a true entertainment center will be showcased at IBC 2007
  • NDS VideoGuard PC is based on the NDS VideoGuard Key™, enabling secure mobility of content
  • ‘yes’, Israel’s premier satellite Pay-TV operator, will deploy the combined solution across its network, enabling subscribers to receive the full ‘yes’ offering of HD and SD channels, PPV and VOD on the PC platform

LONDON, UK – IBC Stand 1.171 — NDS Group (NASDAQ: NNDS), the leading provider of technology solutions for digital pay-TV, today announced that it is working with VBox Communications (VBox), Cyberlink (5203.TW) and Bezeq (TASE: BEZQ) subsidiary ‘yes’ to deliver on the promise of convergence – enabling the ubiquitous PC to become a secure and full-featured media center.

At IBC, the companies will come together to demonstrate the integrated solution. The demonstration includes a DVB-S tuner from VBox integrated with the NDS VideoGuard PC™ software – protecting the content – along with Cyberlink’s PowerCinema™, the popular entertainment software for PCs.

The converged offering means that ‘yes’ subscribers can choose from a very broad range of premium content that can be securely delivered to their PCs for viewing.

“CyberLink is pleased to partner with industry leaders to co-develop a secure end-to-end platform for subscribing to premium TV services,” said Alice H. Chang, CEO of CyberLink. “With connection to the NDS VideoGuard Key™, Cyberlink PowerCinema fully supports the NDS VideoGuard PC solution for receiving premium TV subscription services on the PC.”

Shlomo Turgeman, CEO of VBox said: “As a leading provider of TV tuner technology, VBox is delighted to be working closely with NDS and Cyberlink to supply the first fully converged TV and PC platform to ‘yes’. We are also very pleased to be the first TV receiver integrated with NDS VideoGuard for expanding pay-TV services to PCs.”

“‘yes’ sees a great market opportunity in PC-based entertainment as we are constantly looking for the most innovative pay-TV applications to offer our subscribers,” said Ron Eilon, CEO of ‘yes’. “By converging the technology of these industry leaders, we are once again differentiating our service, allowing us to combine our strong offering of high-quality video, including our new HD channels, together with our ‘yes’ Broadband services, providing our subscribers with a first-rate user experience.”

VideoGuard PC enables broadcasters to expand their offerings to the PC, thereby reaching new audiences and extending the value of their content. The solution includes PC-TV software applications, and provides full DVR capabilities.

The content can also be securely transferred to other PCs via the NDS VideoGuard Key, part of the VideoGuard PC solution. The VideoGuard Key carries out a full set of security functions on a mobile USB key. The security parameters and viewing software are all embedded in the VideoGuard Key. The result is that customers can easily watch their programming on any PC.

“Our VideoGuard PC solution enables TV operators to bring the total set-top box pay-TV experience to the PC, offering real benefits of convergence to subscribers,” said David Nabozny, Chief Sales Officer at NDS. “In addition to broadcast TV, users can enjoy all DVR functions on their PC, as well as Video on Demand and even home network management. This joint offering with VBox and Cyberlink illustrates how both operators and subscribers can benefit from the power of true convergence.”

PowerCinema supports full TV services including live broadcast channels, digital video recording (DVR) functions, Electronic Program Guides (EPGs), secure content downloads, on-demand services, and Video-on Demand (VOD).

The VBox tuner provides a unique PC receiver that comes in both PCI and USB form factors and is already integrated with VideoGuard® such that the PC receives the requested channel pre-encapsulated in VideoGuard DRM.