The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2004-03-31T15:41:00Z Foxtel launches digital subscription TV platform in Australia with NDS technology 2004-03-31T15:41:00Z foxtel-launches-digital-subscription-tv-platform-in-australia-with-nds-technology Highlights: NDS completes challenging systems integration project for FOXTEL Digital. NDS conditional access and interactive TV systems enable delivery of exciting new services to FOXTEL Digital subscribers NDS provides Visionik interactive TV games for The Arcade on FOXTEL Digital. NDS develops the FOXTEL Digital Guide (EPG) providing an intuitive navigation tool for FOXTEL Digital's more than 130 channels and services. NDS Group plc, a News Corporation company and a leading provider of technology solutions for digital subscription TV, today announced it had successfully completed the first phase of systems integration for FOXTEL Digital, meeting tight deadlines for delivery. FOXTEL, Australia's leading subscription television provider, launched its digital TV service, FOXTEL Digital, on 14 March offering consumers a totally new television experience with an unparalleled choice of more than 130 digital channels and services. "During the preparation for FOXTEL Digital, we conducted a global search for technology that could meet the unique requirements of the FOXTEL Digital platform. We selected NDS because VideoGuard conditional access technology met our technical needs, and also supports a variety of business models," said Patrick Delany, Director of Digital at FOXTEL. NDS is the prime systems integrator for FOXTEL Digital and drew from its global resources and expertise for the delivery team. The digital launch includes ambitious plans to upgrade set-top boxes currently deployed by FOXTEL. The rebirthing of the legacy set-top boxes to upgrade to NDS VideoGuard conditional access will enable existing FOXTEL subscribers to enjoy the new extensive digital offering without replacement of the set-top boxes. The NDS solutions used by FOXTEL are VideoGuard conditional access system, StreamServer(tm) broadcasting management, Value@TV(tm) interactive TV solution and iVideoGuard(tm), which interfaces between the conditional access system and interactive applications to allow FOXTEL to offer interactive content using subscription and pay-per-use business models. NDS also developed interactive TV games seen on The Arcade, which is available to FOXTEL Digital subscribers through FOXTEL Gamesworld. The Arcade currently offers five retro-style games and will be updated monthly. NDS General Manager Australia and New Zealand, Peter Iles, said the launch of FOXTEL Digital was a great credit to the project team of digital broadcast experts from NDS and FOXTEL. "The combination of cable and satellite technologies coupled with the existing FOXTEL service presented some unique challenges," Mr Iles said. "Proven NDS technologies helped ensure fast time-to-market and provided the platform to launch FOXTEL Digital." "The investment in digital technology from NDS will allow FOXTEL to differentiate content and enhance the viewing experience. FOXTEL Digital is poised to become the most advanced iTV platform in the Asia Pacific region." The NDS electronic program guide (EPG) provides FOXTEL Digital with innovative search and sort capabilities allowing subscribers to view programs by time, genre and sub genre for a full seven days in advance. The advanced EPG provides a synopsis of each program together with classification and parental control and gives viewers an easy way to navigate around FOXTEL Digital, providing on-screen reminders when their favourite programs are due to start. About FOXTEL FOXTEL is Australia's leading subscription television provider and is connected to more than one million homes on cable and satellite through retail and wholesale distribution. FOXTEL is owned by Telstra Corporation Ltd (50%), The News Corporation Ltd (25%), and Publishing and Broadcasting Ltd (25%). FOXTEL launched its new digital cable and satellite service in March 2004. About NDS NDS Group plc (NASDAQ/Euronext Brussels:NNDS) is a leading supplier of open end-to-end digital pay TV solutions for the secure delivery of entertainment and information to television set-top boxes and IP devices. See http://www.nds.com/ for more information. Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements This document contains certain 'forward-looking statements' with the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management's views and assumptions regarding future events and business performance as of the time the statements are made. Actual results may differ materially from these expectations due to changes in global economic, business, competitive, market and regulatory factors. More detailed information about these and other factors that could affect future results is contained in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The 'forward-looking statements' included in this document are made only as of the date of this document and we do not have any obligation to publicly update any 'forward-looking statements' to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. Foxtel Selects NDS Digital TV Systems 2003-04-07T11:49:00Z foxtel-selects-nds-digital-tv-systems NDS Group plc, a News Corporation company and the leading provider of technology solutions for digital subscription television, today announced that FOXTEL will use NDS systems for the launch of FOXTEL's full digital service. FOXTEL is Australia's leading subscription television provider servicing more than one million subscriber homes on cable and satellite through retail and wholesale distribution. FOXTEL intends to commence new digital television services by early 2004. FOXTEL has selected NDS as its prime systems integrator and provider of key digital technology solutions that will deliver secure subscription broadcasts and enable exciting interactive services in Australia. FOXTEL's Chief Executive, Mr Kim Williams, said: "FOXTEL is leading the development of digital television in Australia and our alliance with NDS will enable us to deliver innovative new services reliably and securely with maximum ease of operation for our subscribers. NDS is a world leader in digital broadcasting technology and their proven systems offered the best solutions for FOXTEL." Mr. Peter Iles, General Manager of NDS Australia and New Zealand operations said: "VideoGuard conditional access is established with broadcasters around the world as a reliable and secure DVB conditional access system. In addition, the NDS technology chosen by FOXTEL creates a digital interactive platform that will enable FOXTEL to offer numerous value added TV services to its viewers." NDS solutions chosen by FOXTEL include the VideoGuard digital conditional access system, the StreamServer digital broadcasting playout management system, the Value@TV interactive TV headend, the iVG (interactive VideoGuard) providing conditional access service to interactive applications and an NDS and FOXTEL co-developed electronic program guide. In addition, FOXTEL, in a later phase of its digital roll-out, will introduce the NDS XTV(tm) Personal Video Recorder (PVR) to enhance its digital system. It is anticipated that FOXTEL will offer the PVR approximately 12 months after the launch of the first phase of its new digital services. The NDS VideoGuard conditional access solution will provide secure broadcast of digital subscription television services to cable and satellite subscribers of the FOXTEL network. The agreement provides for the installation of the VideoGuard conditional access system to the existing cable subscribers who will be transitioned to digital over an expected period of two years. On satellite the VideoGuard system will simulcrypt with FOXTEL's existing Irdeto conditional access system and provide the enhanced FOXTEL digital services on satellite as well. NDS will also be the prime integrator for the introduction of new digital set-top boxes to the cable and satellite environment. The FOXTEL EPG will assist viewers to easily access program schedules, synopsis and summary information at the click of a remote. About FOXTEL FOXTEL is Australia's leading subscription television provider and is connected to more than one million homes on cable and satellite through retail and wholesale distribution. FOXTEL is owned by Telstra Corporation Ltd (50%), The News Corporation Ltd (25%), and Publishing and Broadcasting Ltd (25%). About NDS NDS Group plc (NASDAQ/NASDAQ Europe:NNDS) is a leading supplier of open end-to-end digital pay TV solutions for the secure delivery of entertainment and information to television set-top boxes and IP devices. See http://www.nds.com/ for more information about NDS. Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements This document contains certain 'forward-looking statements' with the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management's views and assumptions regarding future events and business performance as of the time the statements are made. Actual results may differ materially from these expectations due to changes in global economic, business, competitive, market and regulatory factors. More detailed information about these and other factors that could affect future results is contained in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The 'forward-looking statements' included in this document are made only as of the date of this document and we do not have any obligation to publicly update any 'forward-looking statements' to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. Bullant Studios Teams Up With NDS To Deliver Content And Games For Interative TV 2002-10-09T13:28:00Z bullant-studios-teams-up-with-nds-to-deliver-content-and-games-for-interative-tv The NDS iPartner Program is designed for content developers writing interactive TV applications using the NDS Core HTML/Java authoring environment. It was developed to provide mutual support to the interactive TV development community and ensures broadcasters have access to the latest and most advanced applications developed globally. Bullant will use the NDS authoring environment to create applications to suit most platforms with minimal adaptation, making it easy to re-use content and minimise production costs. "Our partnership with NDS and use of its Value@TV solution will enable us to extend our range of entertainment services and efficiently deliver interactive entertainment into millions of homes on a global scale," said Ross Symons, CEO of Bullant Studios. Bullant Studios is responsible for over 200 games titles already developed for leading game consoles, mobile phones and other games media. Using the advanced interactive and security features of NDS' solutions, it will modify old favourites to run on the relatively low resources of a TV set-top box, as well as develop a new generation of interactive games for TV. "The games market is one of the most exciting growth areas in interactive TV and offers broadcasters an enhanced range of solutions to grow their revenues per subscriber," said Sam Hamilton, iTV business development manager for NDS Asia Pacific Ltd. "Melbourne is considered to be third only to Los Angeles and London as a production centre for high quality digital games, and Bullant is the first major Australian developer of games to commit to NDS Core middleware as an operating system for the future." With the combination of NDS' playout synchronisation and secure smartcard system, Bullant Studios will also develop interactive TV games that will provide new features such as score and position retention. This will encourage multiple visits and channel loyalty, as well as allow broadcasters to charge fees for individual levels, shortcuts or other optional advantages. "Overseas trends show that viewers, particularly teenagers, don't play games on TV in the same way as on a games console. Therefore, we need to provide the mechanisms for them to retain scores, positions, shortcuts or even payments, in a simple and secure way," said Mr Symons. NDS Acquires VISIONIK, A Leader In Interactive TV Technology And Games Applications 2002-06-06T21:00:00Z nds-acquires-visionik-a-leader-in-interactive-tv-technology-and-games-applications NDS Group plc, a News Corporation company and a leading provider of technology solutions for digital pay TV, today announced that it has acquired the majority interest in and obtained control of the leading interactive TV application software company, VISIONIK A/S (formerly known as VISIONIK Interactive TV A/S). Based in Denmark, but active worldwide, VISIONIK is a leading expert in digital interactive broadcast services and head-end software working across satellite, terrestrial and cable platforms. VISIONIKs reputation has grown from its expertise in interactive TV technology and TV entertainment including enhanced games and set-top box applications currently running on more than 14 networks around the world. In addition the companys interactive TV portfolio demonstrates a unique depth and breadth of technological and design experience, including interactive advertising, EPGs, messaging services, quiz shows as well as news, information, weather and transactional services. Interactive TV clients include Sky Active, Music Choice, DIRECTV Latin America, Austar, Chorus, TDC Kabel TV, Casema, Mediakabel, com hem and PrimaCom. VISIONIK has built its expertise in the industry over the last six years and has won several international awards for enhanced TV shows and games services. The games market is one of the most exciting growth areas in interactive TV, said Dr Abe Peled, President and CEO, NDS Group plc. By acquiring this controlling interest in VISIONIK, we gain a sophisticated, scalable and proven games technology, an impressive customer list and a team with strong expertise and understanding of the interactive TV market. This allows us quickly to establish a presence in the games sector and complements our existing interactive offerings, including interactive sports, music, news, quizzes and betting applications. Together we can offer customers an enhanced range of solutions to grow their revenues per subscriber. Jesper Knutsson, CEO of VISIONIK said: This is a perfect fit for both companies. NDS and VISIONIK used to compete head to head on prospective interactive TV technologies and key services for operators and broadcasters. By combining the expertise and know-how of the two companies we believe that we can add unique value to our customers and stay at the leading edge of the development of digital TV services ahead of all our competitors. About NDS NDS Group plc (NASDAQ/NASDAQ Europe:NNDS) is a leading supplier of open end-to-end digital pay TV solutions for the secure delivery of entertainment and information to television set-top boxes and personal computers. See www.nds.com for more information about NDS. Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements This document contains certain forward-looking statements with the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on managements views and assumptions regarding future events and business performance as of the time the statements are made. Actual results may differ materially from these expectations due to changes in global economic, business, competitive, market and regulatory factors. More detailed information about these and other factors that could affect future results is contained in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements included in this document are made only as of the date of this document and we do not have any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. NDS And UEC Technologies Partner To Develop PVR And Cable DOCSIS Set Boxes 2002-03-06T22:00:00Z nds-and-uec-technologies-partner-to-develop-pvr-and-cable-docsis-set-boxes NDS Group plc, a News Corporation company and UEC Technologies (Pty) Ltd today announced a partnership to develop two advanced digital set-top boxes (STB). The first will integrate NDS XTV PVR technology into UECs STB incorporating a hard disk drive and the second will have an integrated DOCSIS cable modem; both STB developments will incorporate NDS Open VideoGuard secure conditional access. With these advanced boxes, TV broadcasters and operators will be able to deliver new and innovative services to viewers. NDS XTV PVR software gives operators a platform from which they can deliver video, encrypted and personalised in a single, secure digital set-top box equipped with a hard disk. Revenue is a key factor in content provision and XTV allows broadcast operators the opportunity to exploit more effectively content stored encrypted on the hard disk in the STB. For example, different Pay-Per-View and rental models may be offered, while viewers will have a greater choice of valuable content, stored on the disk. Operators want to be able to choose low-priced set-top boxes that can run new innovative services, like PVR capabilities, in the most cost-effective manner, said Dr. Jas Saini, Vice President Consumer Devices, NDS Group plc. By integrating the technologies of NDS and UEC together, we can offer operators an interoperable and comprehensive solution that they can implement now, enabling them to begin deploying advanced interactive services immediately. UECs focus is to provide STBs to operators that offer advanced functionality at excellent pricing. The combination of XTV with our latest generation PVR platform, will allow UEC to offer a range of exciting new features to operators broadcasting over cable or satellite networks, said Ian Harris, Marketing Manager, UEC Technologies. In order to meet the growing demand for broadband multimedia services, UEC has developed a second generation integrated DOCSIS STB that lowers the cost barriers for cable operators. This product combines the advantages of newly available silicon together with proven technologies and is highly suitable for NDS networks worldwide. Over 27 million pay-TV subscribers worldwide use NDS conditional access, which has the power to drive down the cost of set-top boxes because of its open and flexible features. These features reduce the operators cost for set-top boxes because it allows them to choose from different STB manufacturers and middleware providers, rather than being locked into bundled offerings from proprietary vendors. About NDS NDS Group plc (NASDAQ/NASDAQ Europe: NNDS) is a leading supplier of open conditional access software and interactive systems for the secure delivery of entertainment and information to television set-top boxes and personal computers. The company also develops secure datacasting solutions for the distribution of data and multimedia. See <www.nds.com> for more information. About UEC UEC Technologies (Pty) Ltd is focused on the design, development, industrialisation and manufacture of compressed digital television and multimedia high-speed transfer products and software solutions for the high-end mass consumer global satellite, cable and terrestrial markets. UEC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Altech, a leading South African high-technology group involved in telecommunications, multi-media and information technology. See www.uec.co.za for more information. Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements The statements contained in this release which are not historical facts may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements relate to the plans, projections or future performance of the companies referenced, which involve certain risks and uncertainties, including risk of market acceptance, the effect of economic conditions, possible regulatory changes, technological developments, the impact of competitive pricing and the ability of the companies and their commercial partners to develop systems and solutions which meet the needs of the broadcasting industry in a timely and cost-efficient manner, as well as certain other risks and uncertainties which are detailed in the companies' filings with the SEC. Company or product names have been used for identification purposes only and may be the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Lachlan Murdoch Joins The NDS Board Of Directors 2002-02-22T17:00:00Z lachlan-murdoch-joins-the-nds-board-of-directors NDS Group plc, a News Corporation company and the leading provider of conditional access systems and interactive applications for digital TV, today announced that Mr Lachlan Murdoch is joining the NDS Board of Directors. Mr Murdoch is Chairman and Chief Executive of News Limited as well as Deputy Chief Operating Officer of News Corporation. Mr Murdochs appointment follows the recent departure of Mr Chase Carey, who resigned from News Corporation and stepped down from the board of NDS. I am very pleased to join the NDS board, said Mr Murdoch. As a worldwide leader in the fast-growing digital television market, NDS is delivering a new generation of digital choice to cable and satellite viewers. I look forward to working closely with its directors as NDS continues to make the promise of interactive television a reality. Mr Murdoch, 30, has been Chairman and Chief Executive of News Limited since 1997 and a Senior Executive Vice President of News Corporation since February 1999. Since 1999, he has overseen News Corporations extensive publishing interests in the US. Mr Murdoch has been a News Corporation board member since 1996 and a member of the Office of the Chairman since 1999. I am thrilled to add Lachlans skills and experience to the NDS board, said Dr Abe Peled, President and CEO, NDS Group plc. The vision and business acumen Mr Murdoch has displayed as a leader of News Corporation will invigorate entrepreneurial spirit as we increase our customer base in Europe, Asia, Australia and Latin America and introduce interactive television to the US. Commenting on Mr Careys resignation from the board, Dr Peled said: I would like to thank Chase for his support and commitment to NDS over the years. His support and counsel has been a key to NDSs success over the last four years and he will be sorely missed. For the second quarter ending December 2001, NDS posted its highest-ever quarterly profits as revenues increased 5% to $81 million and subscribers grew by 1.6 million. This represents 11 straight quarters of consistent and increasing profitability and growth at the company. About NDS NDS Group plc (NASDAQ/NASDAQ Europe: NNDS) is committed to digital choice, providing open conditional access software and interactive systems for the secure delivery of entertainment and information to television set-top boxes and personal computers. The company also develops secure datacasting solutions for the distribution of data and multimedia. See www.nds.com for more information. Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements The statements contained in this release which are not historical facts may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements relate to the plans, projections or future performance of NDS, which involve certain risks and uncertainties, including risk of market acceptance, the effect of economic conditions, possible regulatory changes, technological developments, the impact of competitive pricing and the ability of NDS and its commercial partners to develop systems and solutions which meet the needs of the broadcasting industry in a timely and cost-efficient manner, as well as certain other risks and uncertainties which are detailed in NDS' filings with the SEC. Company or product names have been used for identification purposes only and may be the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies. NDS To Showcase The Latest ITV Technolgies At Digital Media World 2002 In Sydney, 26-28 Febuary 2002 2002-02-21T17:25:00Z nds-to-showcase-the-latest-itv-technolgies-at-digital-media-world-2002-in-sydney-26-28-febuary-2002 NDS Group plc, a News Corporation company, and the leading provider of conditional access systems and interactive applications for digital pay TV, will demonstrate its Value@TV advanced interactive TV solutions at Australias premier broadcasting event, Digital Media World 2002. Leading broadcasters and channels such as Sky Sports, Discovery Networks Europe, Music Choice, MTV, Nickelodeon and QVCs The Shopping Channel in the UK have selected NDS to design their interactive services. In Australia and New Zealand, Sky Network Television (NZ), Network Ten, FOXTEL, Telstra and ABC are users of NDS technology. Visitors to the event will be able to see how NDS technologies are meeting the growing demand for breakthrough interactive television in the broadcasting and broadband industries, and leading the delivery of exciting, revenue-generating interactive TV services to viewers worldwide. Demonstrations on the stand will include: Interactive applications: NDS will showcase its wide range of interactive TV applications currently on air with leading broadcasters such as CCTV (China), DIRECTV Latin America, Matav (Israel) and BSkyB (UK). These applications help TV operators and content providers to get the most out of their digital TV and content investment. Applications will include interactive sports, shopping, games, music, banking, stock, voting and wagering. XTV advanced personal video recorder: NDS is also showing Sky+, the advanced personal TV system using XTV technology that BSkyB viewers are now enjoying in the UK. XTV, NDSs third-generation personalised TV technology provides personal video recorder (PVR) functionality to viewers so that they can watch what they want, when they want. With Sky+, viewers can watch a stored program from the hard disk in the set-top box, view highlights, or skip directly to a segment within a program all as an integral part of their regular Electronic Program Guide, also powered by NDS. XTV technology is an end-to-end content delivery, management and protection system that is convenient for viewers and is broadcaster and advertiser friendly. NDS Core Middleware - NDS Core middleware is operating in over 2.5 million set-top-boxes (STBs) around the world. It has recently been chosen by SkyLife in Korea, China Network Systems (CNS) in Taiwan and Sichuan Provincial Network in China as their middleware of choice. Operators can run HTML and Java applications on todays low-end digital STBs requiring a very small memory footprint and therefore, have a cost-effective migration path to the full DVB MHP once MHP compatible STBs are an affordable proposition. iPartners Program - NDS operates an active partner program in Australasia for content developers writing iTV applications using the NDS interactive infrastructure. NDS's iPartners Program was developed to support the interactive television community and to increase the deployment of iTV applications globally. Prospective partners are encouraged to meet key NDS staff at the stand throughout Digital Media World. Members of the NDS iPartners Program are also invited to apply for The Neddies awards, a contest developed by NDS to recognise innovative interactive application infrastructure, design and development. Applications close 1 May 2002 and are to be created on the NDS Core middleware platform. Further information can be found at: <http://www.nds.com/partners/neddies_announcement.html> -ends- About NDS NDS Group plc (NASDAQ/ NASDAQ Europe:NNDS) is a leading supplier of open conditional access software and interactive systems for the secure delivery of entertainment and information to television set-top boxes and personal computers. The company also develops secure datacasting solutions for the distribution of data and multimedia. See www.nds.com for more information about NDS. Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements The statements contained in this release which are not historical facts may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements relate to the plans, projections or future performance of NDS, which involve certain risks and uncertainties, including risk of market acceptance, the effect of economic conditions, possible regulatory changes, technological developments, the impact of competitive pricing and the ability of NDS and its commercial partners to develop systems and solutions which meet the needs of the broadcasting industry in a timely and cost-efficient manner, as well as certain other risks and uncertainties which are detailed in NDS' filings with the SEC. Company or product names have been used for identification purposes only and may be the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.