Astro signs with NDS

Measat Broadcast Network Systems, owner and operator of Malaysian pay-TV service Astro and NDS Group have signed contracts for the licensing and deployment of the VideoGuard conditional access system (VideoGuard CAS) for its Direct-to-Home Pay TV services. The company plans to progressively migrate its satellite Pay TV services to the VideoGuard CAS. This follows Astro’s deployment since 1999 of the MediaHighway middleware (owned by NDS) as its operating system for its set top boxes. The utilization of VideoGuard CAS will provide Astro with a single and consolidated CAS/middleware provider resulting in enhanced ability to leverage functionality between the two technologies, cost efficiencies and speed to market.

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