NDS VideoGuard® Express selected by UK’s WightCable North

(PresseBox) ( London/UK, )
- WightCable North (“WightCable”) chooses NDS VideoGuard Express conditional access (CA) solution to protect its digital cable and IPTV service, replacing its existing cable CA platform
- Solution includes MediaHighway™ middleware, as well as an EPG and interactive games
- As part of WightCable’s service re-launch, new set-top boxes (STB) will be deployed across its customer base in the West of Scotland and the North West of England

NDS, the leading provider of technology solutions for digital pay-TV, today announced that WightCable North, the second-largest cable operator in the UK serving the West of Scotland and the North West of England, has chosen NDS VideoGuard Express to replace its existing cable television CA platform.

The VideoGuard Express solution includes market-leading NDS conditional access, which secures service revenues of approximately $32 billion worldwide, MediaHighway middleware, which powers more than 50 million STBs around the world, and a flexible seven-day Electronic Program Guide (EPG). Also, WightCable plans to add NDS’ interactive games to its service offering, which will help grow its subscriber base and increase customer retention.

WightCable is to re-launch its service under the name Smallworld. Additionally, the operator is planning to extend beyond its digital cable platform to offer IPTV services to customers in its franchise areas in the near future. NDS VideoGuard Express will also be used to provide content protection and authentication of its IPTV clients.

Philip Waterman, NDS Director, Platform Sales, EMEA, remarked: “We are very happy to have been selected by WightCable to assist them with their upcoming re-launch and move into IPTV. I am confident that our proven solutions will assist WightCable to develop and deploy exciting new services in a cost-effective and efficient manner, thereby creating new revenue streams and increasing subscriber loyalty.”

David Durnford, CEO of WightCable, said: “We are delighted to be working with NDS on the re-launch of our service. During the selection process, we were very impressed by the stability, robustness, and operational efficiencies offered by the VideoGuard/MediaHighway combination, and we look forward to working with NDS on our exciting new developments, such as an interactive games package for our family package and our soon to be launched IPTV offering.”

WightCable will re-launch its service on 23 April 2007, with new channels and a new STB powered by NDS MediaHighway middleware and VideoGuard Express conditional access.

About WightCable North
WightCable North is the UK’s second largest cable operator, providing broadband, telephony and multi-channel TV within its cabled network regions. The company provides services to residential and business customers in the West of Scotland (Irvine, Troon and Kilmarnock), as well as in the North West of England (Carlisle, Lancaster and Morecambe). The company offers high speed unlimited broadband, low-cost telephone packages with free calls between customers, as well as digital TV, digital radio, and great value bundled “triple play” offers. Convenience, value for money and a focus on customer care are instrumental in the company’s aim to be the provider of first choice in its franchises. The company is soon to be re-launched as ‘Smallworld’. Please visit www.wightcablenorth.com for more details.

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