Kudelski Group will provide full end-to-end solutions to YPSO/Numéricâble

Friday, February 16th, 2007 
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Kudelski Group to provide full end-to-end solution to YPSO/Numéricâble national video-on-demand and interactive TV services rollout in France

CHESEAUX, Switzerland — The Kudelski Group (SWX Swiss Exchange: KUD), global leader in content protection and related digital television technologies, announced today that YPSO/Numéricâble, the leading cable broadband operator in France, Belgium and Luxembourg, has selected Kudelski Group technology for the national rollout of its Video-On-Demand (VOD) and interactive TV services.

Extending the solid baseline of Nagravision’s leading content protection system, which already secures Numericable’s services, the Kudelski Group will not only provide its latest Nagravision conditional access system, but also deliver three additional technologies as part of the contract: the OpenTV Core 2.0 and HTML client middleware achieves portability across a wide range of set-top boxes; the Quative next-generation Service Delivery Platform (SDP) provides full support for the interactive applications; the Lysis Content Management System (CMS) drives the entire content distribution chain and workflow for on-demand content. The Kudelski Group will additionally take care of the full integration with YPSO/Numéricâble’s existing backend systems.

The Kudelski Group thereby leverages its entire suite of products to seamlessly introduce VOD into YPSO/Numéricâble’s existing cable infrastructure.

André Kudelski, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for the Kudelski Group said: “This new contract reflects a strong endorsement of our strategy to offer a comprehensive suite of solutions that are truly service-defining for a compelling digital TV offer. The convergence of broadcast and broadband is a clear market trend and we are convinced that this pre-integration of Nagravision, OpenTV, Quative and Lysis represents the most competitive solution for broadcast and broadband operators that are looking at developing their offer with new services.”

Pascal Dormal (Group Development Altice and YPSO/Numéricâble) commented: “The integrated approach offered by the Kudelski Group, bundling solutions from Nagravision, OpenTV, Quative and Lysis, is exactly what we were looking for. Not only does it fully comply with our requirement of a turn-key solution with advanced video on demand functionalities but it also allows us to considerably lessen the risk of launching this VOD service in a very short time to market. Our VOD service will stand out as the leading service in France, Bruxelles and Luxembourg enabling content and channel providers to develop their own On Demand presence, thanks to a flexible HTML-based interface and an environment built around their brand.”