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NAGRA, a digital TV division of the Kudelski Group and provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, has announced an agreement with Altice USA, the fourth largest US cable operator and a subsidiary of Altice. Specifically, NAGRA will provide Altice USA with the content protection and innovation platform to enable encryption and content security for its HD and 4K offerings.
NAGRA CONNECT, the converged CAS/DRM protection solution for broadcast, IPTV, OTT and the connected home, and the MediaLive platform will allow Altice USA to deploy new IP- and QAM-based content including 4K Ultra HD. Through the use of advanced encryption technology, the NAGRA solution can efficiently coexist within legacy US cable systems while avoiding duplication of precious bandwidth and enabling an open choice of set-top box suppliers.
“We are in a unique position to bring innovative products and services to Altice USA’s Optimum and Suddenlink customers by leveraging our global operational expertise, scale, resources, and key strategic partners like NAGRA,” said Hakim Boubazine, Co-President and Chief Operating Officer, Altice USA. “We have been impressed by the flexibility NAGRA has shown in adapting to U.S.-specific requirements in a short amount of time, and this partnership will enable us to design integrated services to meet our customers’ expectations.”
“We are proving one more time that NAGRA is the go-to expert in bringing new Ultra HD services and superior, high-quality customer experiences to market,” said Pierre Roy, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, NAGRA. “Being selected by Altice USA shows how we can be a global partner to large multi-network operators while adapting to their local infrastructures and requirements. This creates economies of scale that reduce operator cost and increase operational efficiency through a single, flexible, global technology partner.”