SKY New Zealand chooses XTV™ and EPG from NDS to power new High Definition DVR

(PresseBox) ( Sydney, Australia, )
- SKY New Zealand has chosen NDS XTV™ technology and Electronic Program Guide (EPG) to power its MYSKY HDi quad tuner High Definition Digital Video Recorder (DVR)
- NDS managed the systems integration for the MYSKY HDi DVR
- SKY collaborated with FOXTEL in Australia on the design and deployment of this NDS solution

NDS, the leading provider of technology solutions for digital pay-TV, today announced that SKY Television, New Zealand’s leading subscription television provider, selected NDS XTV™ DVR technology to power its new MYSKY HDi High Definition quad tuner DVR. NDS has also provided an enhanced Electronic Program Guide (EPG) for the MYSKY HDi DVR and managed the systems integration for the launch of SKY’s HD services.

The new MYSKY HDi is HD and SD compatible and its multiple tuners allow viewers to record two shows simultaneously while watching a third one live, and to receive On Demand content. Launched commercially on July 29, the MYSKY HDi delivers five MPEG-4 High Definition television channels to subscribers.

The MYSKY HDi DVR is based on the same NDS technology as the iQ2 DVR recently launched by FOXTEL in Australia. The two pay-TV broadcasters collaborated on the design and deployment to accelerate time to market.

SKY New Zealand aims to deploy at least 80,000 MYSKY HDi DVRs in the next 12 months. MYSKY HDi is a hybrid design (satellite and IP) which will allow SKY to offer subscribers access to additional content which can be downloaded to the set-top box via their broadband connection.

The inclusion of these new technologies complements SKY’s use of VideoGuard®, the market leading conditional access technology from NDS on which SKY relies to protect its valuable pay-TV content. VideoGuard currently secures content in over 86.9 million devices for pay-TV operators around the globe.

“The combination of hundreds of hours of great HD content with unrivalled technology from NDS, enabling viewers to pause, play back, fast-forward, rewind and record, is a sure fire winner for our customers,” said Charles Ingley, SKY’s Director of Technology. “We have relied on NDS to secure and enhance our pay-TV services for many years and have witnessed first-hand why NDS remains at the forefront of innovation. We are now taking advantage of these technologies to deliver exciting new services to our subscribers in New Zealand.”

Peter Iles, General Manager, NDS Australia, added: “We’re pleased that our latest XTV technology and EPG design are once again at the heart of the latest additions to SKY New Zealand’s world-class digital entertainment service alongside VideoGuard security. Moreover, by taking the unusual step of partnering with FOXTEL on this DVR and EPG design, SKY has sped up the time to market for its HD DVR service to the benefit of viewers.”

DVR technology from NDS has been deployed in over 12.1 million units around the globe, firmly establishing NDS as world market leader.

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About Sky

SKY Television (SKY), is in more than 45% of New Zealand homes via both a digital satellite network and UHF. SKY is New Zealand’s pre-eminent pay television operator, offering a wide range of sports, movies, music, on-demand and general content across more than 100 channels. SKY’s channel line-up includes 7 sports channels, 6 movie channels, 7 general entertainment channels, 5 documentary channels, 5 news channels, 4 children’s channels, as well as other niche and special interest channels.

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