Sky Deutschland is about to start a switch-out of its older Nagravision-secured set-top boxes in order to make the pay-TV broadcaster an all Cisco system .
Reports from Germany’s Digital Fernsehen, quoting Stefan Kunz, Sky Deutschland’s VP/business and distribution, say that viewers who are still using older boxes will be supplied with a newer Sky HD unit which uses Cisco encryption. The swap-outs will be completed by the end of 2015.
Sky Deutschland already uses the full suite of the former NDS technologies for its later generation set-top boxes, including VideoGuard Conditional Access, MediaHighway set-top box software with XTV DVR technology, and the NDS Electronic Program Guide. Cisco completed its acquisition of NDS mid-2102.