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Argentina: NAGRA enables Grupo Express OTT

August 5, 2020

NAGRA, a Kudelski Group company and independent provider of content protection and multiscreen video solutions, has announced that Grupo Express, one of Argentina’s leading cable and broadband providers, has selected NAGRA to enable NOW Express, a new OTT streaming service available on set-top boxes and portable devices.

The integrated hybrid multiscreen solution, delivered in partnership with BOLD MSS, a NAGRA Channel Sales Partner in Latin America, provides a set of features including secure delivery of linear and time-shifted services, interactive applications, and integration with third-party OTT platforms, leveraging NAGRA Multi-DRM and running on the previously deployed Contego unified security platform.

“With NOW Express, our subscribers have access today to a feature-rich OTT streaming service on multiple devices,” said Gabriel Forenza, Grupo Express’ CTO. “By leveraging advanced solutions and specifically the multi-DRM capabilities of our existing Contego platform, we were able to deploy quickly, seamlessly and efficiently.”

“We are excited to support Grupo Express in the launch of new OTT services and help them extend their reach to Argentina’s major cities,” said Xavier Fustagueras, SVP Sales, Americas, for NAGRA. “By adding NAGRA’s multi-DRM capabilities to their existing platform, Grupo Express can deliver a compelling service to a range of devices with the peace of mind that their premium content is secure.”

“We are pleased to partner with NAGRA and provide Grupo Express with the best technology available for hybrid platforms”, said Ariel Droyeski, Commercial Manager of BOLD MSS. “Our partnership allows Latin American operators like Grupo Express offer its subscribers high quality OTT solutions with the expertise of the world’s leading digital security companies, such as NAGRA, combined with our most advanced solutions for content distribution,” he added.

For Grupo Express, NAGRA Multi-DRM is fully integrated into their existing NAGRA Contego platform and supports the main industry device and browser platform DRMs including PlayReady, Widevine and FairPlay. The NAGRA Contego platform is an all-in-one, off-the-shelf headend for one-way and two-way conditional access use cases that can be deployed on-site, from a private cloud or a public cloud, managed by the pay-TV operator or as a fully managed service.

NAGRA Multi-DRM is part of NAGRA’s active streaming protection toolset which provides a range of content and service security tools including watermarking, anti-piracy, streaming protection – such as preventing account sharing – and comprehensive integrated security analytics.

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