NDS Group has unveiled a comprehensive new digital rights management (DRM) platform that DirecTV and BSkyB have signed on to use.
NDS Group's VideoGuard Connect provides service and content protection across a range of platforms and devices. DirecTV will use the new DRM to deliver video content over the top and to home networks and PC, Mac, iOS and Android-based mobile and tablet devices.
Service providers are being inundated with new devices that customers are bringing into their homes. Currently, video operators have to deal with a range of DRMs on the various devices, but NDS' VideoGuard Connect simplifies how over-the-top video content and home networking video content is delivered to those devices.
VideoGuard Connect is a DRM solution for multi-platform pay TV that protects the delivery and consumption of premium content. By using content delivery optimization technology from NDS, VideoGuard Connect will enable DirecTV to implement linear channels, on-demand events and download services over the open Internet, providing a traditional TV user experience.
"Our subscribers expect quality content and the best viewing experience from DirecTV," said DirecTV CTO Romulo Pontual. "We will use VideoGuard Connect's highly secure DRM to ensure content producers and DirecTV can support consumers' growing desire for a video experience on multiple screens. VideoGuard Connect is a valuable addition to our portfolio of solutions from NDS."
BSkyB is using VideoGuard, which is interoperable with its NDS Unified Headend, to enable video services across its Sky Go service to Apple devices. The Sky Go service offers mobile and live TV in the U.K. and Ireland via 3G or Wi-Fi connections.
VideoGuard can also help video providers deliver premium content on the go, such as live sports events.
"As pay-TV operators extend their services to more connected devices, protecting these services is critical for their business success," said Raffi Kesten, chief operating officer at NDS. "The selection of VideoGuard Connect by DirecTV recognizes the central role of content and service protection technologies to their evolving TV strategy. NDS continues to be a leading provider of premium security services for pay-TV platforms in this constantly expanding market."
DirecTV already uses a number of NDS technologies to secure and enable its platform, including VideoGuard, conditional access, NDS Dynamic advanced advertising technology, NDS middleware and DVR technology.
NDS has chalked up a growing number of customer wins in North America. Cablevision is using NDS' Open Media Security (OMS) security system, while Cox has said it's considering it.
NDS played a key role in Cox Communications' tru2way guide, Trio, that was launched last year as part of its Plus Package digital tier. Cox will have Plus Package rolled out across its entire footprint sometime this year.
Also last year, Cox and NDS extended their professional services and integration agreement through 2012.
Jesper Knutsson, vice president and general manager of sales at NDS Group, recently spoke to CED about the state of DRM and security.