Broadband Briefs for 03/11/09
• Secure Signals launches cable piracy resource site
By Traci Patterson
Secure Signals Inc. has launched a Service Theft Resource Center online (available here) to give cable operators facts about federal laws; strategies to identify, reduce and prevent cable and IP piracy; links to relevant news articles; and free resources, including a consumer fact sheet and bill stuffer that operators can download.
The site also features a letter to pirates, which Secure Signals developed to jumpstart the process to convert pirates into paying customers.
“Secure Signals’ Service Theft Resource Center will save cable operators valuable time as they explore ways to reduce service theft and recover lost revenues needed to fund network upgrades and cover rising operating expenses,” said Stan McGinnis, founder and CEO of Secure Signals.
• SeaChange unit fills Greek provider’s VOD library
By Brian Santo
The Hellenic Telecommunication Organisation (OTE), a provider in Greece set to begin offering IPTV services, has created a VOD library with content from several major Hollywood studios and U.S. networks through a deal with On Demand Group (ODG), a subsidiary of SeaChange International.
OTE’s FilmExpress transaction VOD (TVOD) service includes movies from Disney-ABC-ESPN Television, Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Subscribers to the service can select a movie of their choice for a 24-hour rental period with full DVD-like features, including control to pause, fast-forward, rewind or watch over again.
OTE’s FilmClub subscription VOD (SVOD) service includes a range of TV series from CBS, HBO, HIT, Lions Gate and Warner Bros., as well as documentaries from National Geographic. The SVOD service also includes hundreds of international and local music videos from EMI, Universal Music and Sony Music. Subscribers will also receive more than 30 digital broadcast channels.
• NDS to provide CA for Swiss op
By Brian Santo
Teleclub, a pay-TV operator in Switzerland, has selected NDS’ VideoGuard conditional access (CA) technology to secure its programming.
Teleclub has more than 80,000 digital cable TV subscribers across Switzerland. The two are about to embark on deployment. NDS said it will be using its Simulcrypt solution, which will ensure that the implementation of VideoGuard will have no impact on delivery of services.
NDS said this is its first business in Switzerland.