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October 08, 2009

CANAL OVERSEAS Selects NDS to Deliver External PVR with a Flash EPG

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

CANAL OVERSEAS , the international arm of CANAL+ Group, has introduced personal video recorder (PVR) service with a Flash-based Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) developed by NDS.

In a release, company officials said this is the first PVR service for CANAL OVERSEAS markets across the Indian Ocean and the Caribbean. French-speaking Sub-Saharan Africa and the South Pacific will benefit from this service in the near future.

According to officials, the company has deployed a new version of NDS (News - Alert) MediaHighway set-top box (STB) software to power its satellite pay-TV service.

The new version of MediaHighway automatically downloads new software to each STB, enabling the STBs to detect the addition of an external hard drive and format the drive for use as a PVR.

“The delivery of the PVR service and Flash EPG is a great achievement. With the PVR, we offer a service most appreciated and expected by our customers. Indeed the PVR service will change their way of consuming television and allow them to make the most of their subscription," said Marc Noblet, chief technology officer of CANAL OVERSEAS, in the release.

Noblet said the partnership with NDS will enable the company’s to continue to deliver new user experiences in the future.

“MediaHighway is ideal for initiatives such as CANAL OVERSEAS’s innovative Electronic Programme Guide which was designed with ease-of-use in mind,” said Caroline Le Bigot, senior vice president, EMEA and Latin America, NDS.

She said that when content and services are easier to find, subscribers are more likely to access them, increasing revenues and reducing churn.

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.

In September NDS announced that DEN (DEN Networks Limited), an Indian digital cable TV operator, has launched two services on the NDS MediaHighway platform.

DEN has recently launched an interactive TV micro blogging application, Blog.telly, after the launch of its 24x7 music service in January of this year.

In partnership with NDS, DEN is delivering an appealing and ever-increasing combination of broadcast and interactive digital television applications to its Indian cable TV viewers.

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

Edited by Patrick Barnard