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Viasat extends and broadens Partnership with NDS to embrace Suite of Solutions for High Definition TV

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- Viasat Broadcasting extends contract with NDS for the provision of VideoGuard® conditional access for Viasat’s digital premium Pay-TV satellite platform.
- Second new agreement covers the supply of NDS MediaHighway® middleware, customized electronic program guide and XTV® DVR technology in support of Viasat’s recently announced High Definition satellite Pay TV service

NDS, the leading provider of technology solutions for digital pay-TV, today announced that Viasat, a leading digital satellite pay-TV operator serving Scandinavia and the Baltic region, has extended its long-standing relationship with NDS for the provision of market-leading VideoGuard® conditional access (CA).

In addition, the companies have inked a second, new agreement whereby NDS is to commence supplying Viasat with market-leading MediaHighway® middleware, XTV® DVR technology, and a customized Electronic Program Guide (EPG) to secure and power its new High Definition pay TV service.

VideoGuard, Mediahighway and XTV are all world market leaders in the Pay TV industry: VideoGuard CA and DRM currently protect 82.7 million active digital set-top boxes (STBs) worldwide. There are 76.4 million NDS middleware clients deployed worldwide, and NDS technology powers over 10.4 million DVRs.

“Viasat’s extension of the agreement with NDS is a clear ratification of the successful business-enhancing platform security which NDS has delivered to them for a number of years, and we are extremely proud of this endorsement” said Dr Abe Peled, NDS Chairman and CEO. He continued: “This, together with the new agreement, demonstrates Viasat’s continuing confidence in NDS’ capabilities as a wide-ranging technology partner, and trust in our ability to provide solutions that will help Viasat meet its business objectives both now and in the future.”

Viasat Broadcasting is the largest business area within Modern Times Group (MTG), an international media group based in Sweden.

Hans-Holger Albrecht, President and CEO of MTG, commented: “Our long-standing successful relationship with NDS has truly been a major factor in the success of our business; NDS has an unmatched track record for delivering the best content protection in the industry, and this led us to extend our existing agreement.” He continued: “The new agreement supports the launch and development of our new High Definition platform, a key milestone for Viasat as we take our business to the next level. We are confident in NDS’ ability to help us provide the most advanced and exciting viewing experience possible to our customers.”

About Modern Times Group

Modern Times Group is a leading international entertainment broadcasting group with the second largest geographical broadcast footprint in Europe. MTG’s Viasat Broadcasting is the largest free-to-air and satellite premium pay-TV operator in Scandinavia and the Baltics, and also operates channels in the Czech Republic, Russia, Hungary, Slovenia and the Balkans. Viasat channels are broadcast in a total of 24 countries and reach 100 million people. MTG is also the biggest shareholder in Russia’s largest independent television network (CTC Media - NASDAQ: CTCM), and the number one commercial radio operator in the Nordic and Baltic regions. Modern Times Group MTG AB class A and B shares are listed on the OMX Nordic Exchange Large Cap market (MTGA´ and MTGB´).For more information on MTG, please visit

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 for more information

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