Liberty Global Deploys Horizon Platform with Enabling Technologies From NDS

Saturday, September 8th, 2012
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Industry leading deployment by Liberty Global’s UPC enabled by NDS middleware, headend technologies, user interface and integration services

AMSTERDAM — IBC 2012 — IBC 7-11 Sept, 2012 — NDS Group, now part of Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO), is proud to announce the deployment of its solutions as part of the Liberty Global (NASDAQ: LBTYA, LBTYB and LBTYK) Horizon platform, initially deployed by Liberty Global’s cable operation UPC in the Netherlands.

As the first deployment of its kind, Liberty Global’s Horizon platform brings together leading partners from across the industry to enable a next-generation multimedia experience, providing innovative new functionality and services for its subscribers.

NDS technologies provide the core enabling framework for the newly launched platform; Managed by the NDS Unified Headend, the new platform enables delivery of content and services to multiple devices in and out of the home, all with a unified look and feel and leading functionality tailored to the device.

To enable advanced functionality within the home, NDS’ MediaHighway middleware resides in both the multimedia gateway device and set-top boxes. As the primary software component, MediaHighway provides the underpinning for services such as recommendations, personalisation and an advanced, multiplatform user interface from NDS.

Balan Nair, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Liberty Global:

“We are delighted to be announcing the launch of the Horizon platform. Over the course of this project we have worked with some outstanding partners to achieve an industry first, and through the provision of the key technologies and solutions for Horizon, NDS have been instrumental in enabling us to provide such an exceptional user experience for our subscribers.” He added, “We look forward to NDS’ continued support as we take our service to the next level.”

Yves Padrines, Vice President and General Manager EMEA, NDS, now part of Cisco:

“The Horizon platform has catalysed industry development of next generation technologies, and as the first deployment of its kind, we are extremely excited to be a part of this innovative initiative.” He added, “We look forward to continuing to support Liberty Global as it revolutionises the way millions of people enjoy content.”