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September 02, 2011

NDS Launches Next Generation DRM Solution for Multi-Platform Pay-TV

By Rahul Arora, TMCnet Contributor

According to a recent press release, NDS (News - Alert) recently launched VideoGuard Connect, a next generation DRM solution for multi-platform pay-TV. The solution enables TV operators to seamlessly extend their pay-TV services to connected media devices.

With VideoGuard, a cable operator can successfully deploy linear channels, on-demand content and download services on the most popular devices, delivered over the open Internet utilizing content delivery optimization technologies from NDS. Moreover, the platform also ensures secure ingestion, delivery and consumption of premium content over both managed and OTT networks while maintaining subscription privileges across devices.

By enabling a significantly wider range of business models, VideoGuard Connect allows TV operators to capitalize on the opportunities presented by multi-platform pay-TV. Providing a security profile customized to the specific capabilities of the device and functionality tailored to the requirements of each pay-TV operator, VideoGuard Connect provides a rich roadmap and ongoing support for the introduction of new services and devices. Moreover, it provides the headend tools to support integrated management and workflow functions that are needed to provide full operator control over content distribution and consumption.

“VideoGuard Connect allows TV operators to incorporate OTT into a more compelling and complete suite of TV services without compromising the security or reliability of the platform,” said Nigel Smith, VP and chief marketing officer, NDS, in a statement. “Highly rated by an independent security audit and approved by all of the major US studios, VideoGuard Connect enables our customers to extend their businesses into the OTT space and onto multiple devices.”

He added, “VideoGuard Connect is the evolution of twenty years’ experience in content protection and entitlement management to ensure that as the industry evolves and new devices and delivery mechanisms enter the market, the subscriber experience remains seamless.”

VideoGuard Connect was recently selected by DIRECTV, one of the world’s leading providers of digital television entertainment services,, to protect and enable its multi-platform OTT and home networking services.

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Rahul Arora is a TMCnet contributor. He has worked as an editor and freelance writer for several reputed organizations in India. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell