Cox, NDS lengthen deal to 2012
On the heels of Cox Communications launching the tru2way-based user interface  that it developed with NDS, the two companies said today that they’ve extended their professional services and integration agreement through 2012.
The NDS team will continue its role as the prime integrator for next-generation applications and services for products such as Cox’s Trio guide.
Under the current agreement, the NDS Professional Services team has been responsible for the end-to-end management and implementation of Cox’s tru2way system, from the headend through to the set-top box components, and has also managed third-party developers to ensure consistency throughout the development process.
Moving forward, the team will continue to maintain and deliver a consistent rollout of technology advancements and updates, extending the overall functionality of Cox’s applications and services on an ongoing basis.
“NDS has evolved into a truly integrated partner. Their global experience and expertise tied with their determination and dedication has been more than impressive,” said James Kelso, vice president of video engineering at Cox. “We teamed to launch the Trio guide, earning new patents and launching the market’s first multi-room DVR using the MoCA standard. We could not have accomplished what we did in the timeframe we did without the assistance of a proven and trustworthy partner like NDS, and that is why we’ve made the easy decision to continue our partnership.”
NDS will also be in charge of future enhancements on the Trio guide, which could include a social networking feature, as well as an Internet search function.
In 2009, NDS was picked by Cox  to implement an enhanced suite of interactive applications on its tru2way set-top boxes.