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Cable Technology Feature Article

March 12, 2009

Hathway Launches DVR Services Based on NDS XTV DVR Technology

By Anamika Singh, TMCnet Contributor

NDS, a provider of technology solutions for digital pay-TV, announced that Hathway, a digital cable provider in India, has launched its Digital Box PLUS DVR solution, based on NDS (News - Alert) XTV DVR technology.

Hathway believes in being a single point access provider, bringing into the home and work place the converged world of information, entertainment and services.

The new DVR solution will help viewers to control what and when they want to watch. The solution provides the ability to record one television channel while viewing another one. It allows the subscribers to pause, record, play back, rewind and fast forward recorded content for viewing when they choose. With NDS
XTV DVR, Hathway provides a variety of content and on-demand digital television to viewers.

Hathway, reportedly, was the first cable operator to move to digital, the first to implement a middleware solution and customized electronic program guide (EPG), and is now the first to launch a DVR solution.

K. Jayaraman, managing director and CEO of Hathway Cable & Datacom Private Limited, said in a release: “We are the first Indian cable operator to launch Personal Video Recorder technology in the digital Indian cable TV market. This launch further reinforces Hathway’s vision of being a single point access provider, bringing the converged world of information, entertainment and services into homes. New services such as the XTV DVR reinforce our commitment to remain a market leader by offering innovative converged services.”

Sue Taylor, NDS senior vice president and general manager, Asia Pacific, added: “Hathway’s NDS XTV-powered DVR will radically change the way Indian cable subscribers view and use content. Hathway continues to prove that it is India’s leading digital cable provider, by creating an exceptional viewing experience for its subscribers. This is the first step towards a fully converged service that will offer broadband TV and a suite of next generation solutions to Indian viewers.”

Anamika Singh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anamika's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard