Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Walt Disney and Kudelski to Develop Push VOD for Europe

Walt Disney Television International (WDTV-I) Ventures & Business Development Group and the Kudelski Group announced a joint venture to develop and market turnkey Push Video-On-Demand (VOD) and Digital Video Recorder (DVR) services. The Push VOD solution would run on standard satellite, cable, terrestrial and IP Digital Video Recorder hardware platforms, and will be made available to digital television operators worldwide (excluding the US, Canada and Japan).

The system will offer a selection of movie and other TV content delivered to a STB hard drive for users to view with full on demand functionality. Subscribers will be able to record personal content from existing channels, and operators will also be able to add their own local content to the service. The system will use proprietary Push VOD technologies and navigation systems developed by The Walt Disney Company and the Kudelski Group.

Kudelski is a developer of digital security systems based in Switzerland. Its technologies are used in a wide range of applications requiring access control and rights management, whether for securing transfer of information (digital television, broadband Internet, video-on-demand, interactive applications, etc.) or to control and manage access of people or vehicles to sites and events. Its subsidiary, Nagravision, supplies open conditional access and integrated solutions for digital TV operators and content providers. http://www.nagra.com/pressreleases/view_release.php?id=499

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