Monday, March 20, 2006

SES AMERICOM and NDS Partner on IPTV Programming

SES AMERICOM reached an agreement with NDS to provide end-to-end IPTV content protection aboard SES AMERICOM's IP-PRIME distribution service. The alliance represents a key component of the turnkey, IP-PRIME solution, which will provide telcos with a turnkey IPTV content solution.

As part of the agreement, NDS is integrating its VideoGuard conditional access and Synamedia IPTV software into the IP-PRIME network, a centralized, satellite-delivered IP television delivery system. The combination of the NDS VideoGuard and Synamedia encryption and security capabilities provide protection - from origination at the SES AMERICOM IPTV Broadcast Center in Vernon Valley, New Jersey, to authorized telco video hubs, all the way to the IP set-top box and throughout a communications network in the home.

BellSouth and the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC), which serves rural and independent telcos in a market of more than 10 million homes, are currently in varying stages of IP-PRIME trials. IP-PRIME partners include Scientific-Atlanta, which was selected to provide an MPEG-4 encoding system and its ROSA Network Management System. Globecomm Systems is providing the overall design and integration services as well as the major components for the IPTV broadcast distribution center.

IP-PRIME is scheduled for commercial launch later this year, with hundreds of standard and HD television channels available for telco subscribers across the U.S.

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