NDS unveils mobile TV rights platform

From Colin Mann in Barcelona

Digital pay-TV technology solutions NDS has unveiled what it claims is the world's first hybrid rights and business management platform for mobile TV. The hybrid platform, which combines content protection and business management for both the DVB-H IPDC and OMA BCAST broadcast profiles in a single system, will be shown at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona conjunction with technologies from NDS's partners Thomson, Gemalto and LG.

The MWC demonstration features a single NDS mobile TV platform, providing encrypted streams conforming to both the DVB-H Open Security Framework and the OMA BCAST Smart Card Profile. The NDS system is integrated with the Thomson SmartVision service platform and Electronic Service Guide and is rendered on separate OSF and SCP handsets from LG using SIM cards provided by Gemalto. All four companies contributed significantly to the success of the joint project.

“The new platform will enable an operator to support multiple mobile broadcast profiles and multiple handsets simultaneously and cost-effectively,” said Nigel Smith, NDS Chief Marketing Officer. “It makes possible the coexistence of connected and unconnected devices and opens up a market which has been compartmentalised into standards until now. Both the savings for the operator and the new revenue opportunities are likely to be huge.”

NDS has also confirmed the integration of NDS VideoGuard Mobile conditional access (CA) technology with Expway's FastESG Electronic Service Guide (ESG). The solution supports both the Open Security Framework and the OMA BCAST Smart Card Profile. A separate partnership has been agreed with wireless IP broadcast solutions specialist UDcast, to provide content protection for DVB-H Mobile TV services, securing the delivery of premium TV content to mobile devices and further enabling the ecosystem supporting global deployment of DVB-H. As part of the partnership, NDS has integrated its VideoGuard Mobile TV content protection system for DVB-H with UDcast’s Mobile TV head-end solution to provide a secure environment for Mobile broadcast and on-demand video.

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