Tata Sky achieves Four Million Connections in India on its end-to-end NDS platform

New Delhi, India, (PresseBox) - .
- NDS congratulates Tata Sky’s remarkable achievement in reaching four million connections in less than three years
- Tata Sky is now the fastest growing pay-TV platform in India
- NDS reinforces its commitment to helping Tata Sky to continue to attain rapid subscriber acquisition rates with a range of innovative, interactive solutions

NDS, the leading provider of technology solutions for digital pay-TV, today recognised Tata Sky, a leading provider of Direct-to-Home (DTH) satellite pay-TV services in India, as having achieved a remarkable milestone in reaching four million connections in under three years since launch. The latest one million subscribers were gained in just over seven months.

Using technology from NDS, Tata Sky has revolutionised television viewing for Indian audiences. The platform is protected and powered by an end-to-end NDS solutions suite including VideoGuard® conditional access system (CAS), MediaHighway® middleware, an advanced electronic programme guide (EPG), as well as market-leading XTV™ technology for Digital Video Recorder (DVR) which allows subscribers to pause, record, play back, rewind and fast forward their TV programmes for viewing when they choose. In addition, the wide range of multi-level interactive games provided by NDS has proven to be popular with subscribers. This NDS solutions portfolio enables Tata Sky to deliver advanced applications including Active Sports™, Cooking, Darshan, Wizkids, Learning, Stories, Games and movies on demand and is the basis for a viewing experience unsurpassed in the rapidly expanding Indian pay-TV market. NDS commercial and development facilities in New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore all play a role in supporting Tata Sky.

Tata Sky launched its DTH satellite pay-TV service in August 2006 and reached one million connections in just 11 months. Tata Sky then took only another nine months to reach the two million connections mark and in less than three years it has reached the four million connections milestone.

On the occasion of today’s announcement, Mr. Vikram Kaushik, MD & CEO, Tata Sky Ltd. said: “Tata Sky has achieved significant success in reaching four million connections in such a short time, and in a highly competitive market. This milestone validates Tata Sky as the preferred service provider in the rapidly growing Indian pay-TV market.” He added: “The end-to-end digital solutions suite from NDS, coupled with our unparalleled customer service and innovative product offerings, have enabled us to provide differentiated applications and a superior viewing experience for our subscribers.”

“NDS congratulates Tata Sky’s for reaching four million connections in less than three years,” said Sue Taylor, Senior VP and General Manager of NDS Asia Pacific. She added: “India is among the fastest-growing DTH markets in Asia Pacific and Tata Sky truly stands out as a leader with their innovative and exciting new services. We are proud that our market-leading solutions have played such a pivotal role in enabling Tata Sky to achieve its impressive growth rates.”

About Tata Sky

Tata Sky Ltd., the JV between the TATA Group and STAR, is committed to offering viewers the best of pay television through its nationwide satellite television service. Tata Sky offers subscribers over 170 channels and interactive services in DVD quality picture and CD quality sound. For more information on Tata Sky, visit www.tatasky.com

NDS Group Ltd.

NDS Group Ltd. creates the technologies and applications that enable pay-TV operators to securely deliver digital content to TV STBs (set-top boxes), DVRs (digital video recorders), PCs, mobiles and other multimedia devices. Over 90 of the world’s leading pay-TV platforms rely on NDS solutions to protect and enhance their business.

NDS’ VideoGuard® is the world’s market-leading content and service protection solution, deployed in 114 million pay-TV households. VideoGuard conditional access (CA) and digital rights management (DRM) technologies safeguard pay-TV service revenues exceeding $50 billion. NDS middleware, which enables a host of advanced services for subscribers, has been deployed on 206 million devices. NDS DVR technology, centred around XTV™, is a leader in the global industry with 45 million units deployed. (Deployment figures as of 30th September 2011).

Headquartered in the UK, with over 5000 employees, NDS remains committed to investing in technology and development with over 75% of its employees dedicated to pioneering work at development centres in France, India, Israel, Korea, UK and US.

NDS Group Ltd. is a private company owned by the Permira Funds and News Corporation. See www.nds.com for more information

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