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Cable Technology Feature Article

August 10, 2011

Brazilian MSO SimTV Digitizes its Cable TV Operations using Conax

By Calvin Azuri, TMCnet Contributor

Brazilian MSO SimTV has entered into a contract with global security provider Conax to deliver a high-end content protection solution for SimTV’s cable TV service and digitization of the operator’s 16 remote sites across the country.

SimTV, a brand owned by BandTV (Grupo Bandeirantes Communications) is a leading player in the Brazilian market and it offers an exciting bouquet of programs and services. SimTv’s Canal 17 covers a population of about 1,101,175 million households and serves about 50 municipalities. They have a very good growth opportunity, and are partnering with Conax to provide security-evaluated client devices on the SimTV platform.

In a release, Carlos Vaisman, SimTV president said, “SimTV is confident in its choice of Conax, a strong, stable security partner, to protect and enhance our business as it grows. We believe that Conax’ broad experience within digitization and our close cooperation will make a strong partnership for maximizing SimTV’s new opportunities and securing future business models.”

BandTV, the parent company of SimTV, owns two broadcast television networks, three pay-tv channels, six radio networks, a newspaper classified, a signal distributor and cable content, a music label with large successes and greater interactivity platform in Brazil.

Ricardo Pirola, Conax VP of Latin America said, “We are very proud that leading MSO, SimTV, has selected Conax for its long term security partner. Conax will provide SimTV’s operations with expertise and guidance to ensure a prosperous digitization process. In our close cooperation with the SimTV team, we aim to provide the support and additional knowledge to enhance SimTV’s ambitious growth strategy and harness its potential in the rapidly growing Brazilian market.”

Conax is a security solutions company that specializes in delivering premium content securely and eliminates potential revenue threats. Conax’s flagship product is Conax Contego. Conax has been in the security industry for over 25 years and has provided this unique solution to guide operators in navigating and realizing new business models. Conax content security solution is used by operators representing 125 million pay TV consumers in 80 countries around the world.

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Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Calvin’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell