Canal Digital DTH and NDS to create future TV-experience

Canal Digital partners up with NDS to create the future TV-experience. NDS will deliver middleware to Canal Digital enabling an immersive, personalized TV entertainment.

Written: Aug 2012

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“Our new platform will provide what can only be described as a new generation of TV entertainment for our subscribers. With NDS we are investing in our future to provide the ultimate user experience and the best possible infrastructure to support the growth of our business. Our future TV-experience will be launched during the second half of 2013,” says CEO at Canal Digital, Patrik Hofbauer.

 “There is a growth of new viewing devices. This drives a change in user needs and behaviour; time- and place shifting. The rollout of IPTV and entrance of OTT operators will continue to put pressure on DTH. Now, more than ever, we believe in strengthening the value of our linear TV offering and DTH as a distribution channel, by giving the user a simple, intuitive and contextual user interface, with seamless integration of linear, self/auto recorded and on demand TV content, anytime and anywhere. We will create a unique TV offering that will fulfil key customer needs,” adds Hofbauer.

“NDS offers end-to-end solutions for the pay television industry, including conditional access. That said, Conax is, and will be, Canal Digital’s provider of conditional access – NDS software solutions may be seen as an opportunity and not disruptive for Conax,” underlines Patrik Hofbauer.

Delivering the best TV experience 

Chief Product & Market Officer, Tone Krohn Clausen, explains why Canal Digital DTH needs a new generation platform for its DTH service:

“We need to differentiate Canal Digital, making us able to rapidly meet customer needs with new service offerings. Canal Digital DTH must provide the user with an effortless, intuitive and visually engaging TV experience that increases the TV-experience and the value for money. Finally, this will position Canal Digital DTH for leveraging our linear TV position and utilizing the potential in OTT services and connected devices. Canal Digital is to be a part of everyday life in Nordic homes, and our goal is to make it easy for our customers to find, access and enjoy the content they want; where, when and how they want it. With this next generation platform, we will truly work towards our vision, which is to deliver the best TV experience.”

“Ability to scroll into the ‘past’ or ‘future’”

NDS Snowflake, the name of the technology, will provide the basis for the user interface to be implemented across all devices as part of the Canal Digital service. NDS Snowflake enables unified, intuitive navigation of content and services that centres on linear programming with the ability to scroll into the ‘past’ or ‘future’, providing fluid discovery of both catch-up and on-demand content, all through a consistent branded experience with integrated programme recommendations and applications.

“In providing a wholly managed service for Canal Digital, we are combining our experience and technical capability to extend our role as solutions provider further than ever before. But more significantly, the approach taken by Canal Digital shows market innovation and progression, to hosted and cloud-based technologies that will enable future-proofed platforms, optimized resources and scalability,” says Dr. Abe Peled, Chairman and CEO, NDS Group.

About NDS

NDS is a leading global provider of end-to-end software solutions for the pay television industry with 5,300 employees. Over one-third of the world’s digital pay-TV households use NDS solutions. Clients include many of the largest cable, satellite and broadband pay-TV operators, including BSkyB, DIRECTV, Sky Deutschland, Sky Italy and UPC. NDS middleware has been deployed in more than 170 million devices.

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About Canal Digital

Canal Digital today offers over 130 TV channels to end customers. Close to 1 million DTH households across the Nordics choose Canal Digital as their entertainment platform.

Canal Digital has a strong HD position and presented 3D-content already in 2010. Through the service Canal Digital GO, customers are offer video on demand (VOD) and Web TV. Customers can also access the music streaming-service WiMP. Canal Digital AS is 100 % owned by Telenor Broadcast Holding, and has approximately 290 employees.

Canal Digital AS is led by CEO Patrik Hofbauer, who runs the Canal Digital companies in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark.

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