Liberty Global Deploys Revolutionary Horizon Platform With Enabling Technologies From NDS
Industry Leading Deployment by Liberty Global's UPC Enabled by NDS Middleware, Headend Technologies, User Interface and Integration Services
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – IBC 7-11 Sept, 2012 – NDS, now part of Cisco, is proud to announce the deployment of its solutions as part of the Liberty Global Horizon platform, initially deployed by Liberty Global's cable operation UPC in the Netherlands.
- As the first deployment of its kind, Liberty Global's Horizon platform brings together leading partners from across the industry to enable a next-generation multimedia experience, providing innovative new functionality and services for its subscribers.
- NDS technologies provide the core enabling framework for the newly launched platform; Managed by the NDS Unified Headend, the new platform enables delivery of content and services to multiple devices in and out of the home, all with a unified look and feel and leading functionality tailored to the device.
- To enable advanced functionality within the home, NDS' MediaHighway middleware resides in both the multimedia gateway device and set-top boxes. As the primary software component, MediaHighway provides the underpinning for services such as recommendations, personalisation and an advanced, multiplatform user interface from NDS.
- Balan Nair, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Liberty Global:
"We are delighted to be announcing the launch of the Horizon platform. Over the course of this project we have worked with some outstanding partners to achieve an industry first, and through the provision of the key technologies and solutions for Horizon, NDS have been instrumental in enabling us to provide such an exceptional user experience for our subscribers." He added "We look forward to NDS' continued support as we take our service to the next level."
- Yves Padrines, Vice President and General Manager EMEA, NDS, now part of Cisco:
"The Horizon platform has catalysed industry development of next generation technologies, and as the first deployment of its kind, we are extremely excited to be a part of this innovative initiative." He added "We look forward to continuing to support Liberty Global as it revolutionises the way millions of people enjoy content."
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NDS, now part of Cisco, 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 133 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 226 million devices. NDS DVR technology, centred around XTV™, is a leader in the global industry with 49 million units deployed. (Deployment figures as of 30th April 2012).
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 is now part of Cisco. See www.cisco.com/go/nds for more information.
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