ThinPrint Unveils Print Solution for Windows Virtual Desktop

ThinPrint’s ezeep product will fully meet the requirements for Windows Virtual Desktop and enable a secure and easy connection to existing print infrastructure.

(BERLIN/DENVER, May 9, 2019) – ThinPrint, provider of the world’s leading print management software, and a selected launch partner for Windows Virtual Desktop, is announcing the details of its print solution designed specifically for Windows 10 multi-session desktops hosted on Azure. 

At the Ignite Tour in Amsterdam, Microsoft launched the much-anticipated public preview of Windows Virtual Desktop – its comprehensive service for cloud-based desktop and app virtualization. General availability is currently expected for July. Windows 10 multi-user is optimized for Office 365 and will be offered exclusively via the Azure Cloud. A secure and easy-to-use service that perfectly integrates with Windows Virtual Desktops is essential to enable users to connect their local printers with Windows Virtual Desktop, support printing for mobile and home office employees as well as manage print environments and policies.

“The Azure Cloud offers companies many advantages, especially in terms of scaling their environment. We decided to build our Windows Virtual Desktop printing solution based on our proven ezeep cloud printing product – enhanced with two decades of proven ThinPrint technology” said Charlotte Künzell, CEO of ThinPrint. “Customers can easily manage their printing processes, without having to worry about the security of their print jobs, high availability, printer drivers or the day-to-day operation of print servers.”

To achieve this, ThinPrint will soon offer a version of ezeep, fully optimized for printing Windows Virtual Desktop. This can be simply installed via the Azure Marketplace and is immediately available to the entire organization thanks to the seamless integration with Azure Active Directory. The printers are connected via the ezeep Connector and network printers can be quickly and easily integrated with the ezeep Hub. The solution establishes a secure connection to its print service without the need for a VPN. Administrators can centrally manage print settings via a clear web console with users having the option to make specific settings via an intuitive self-service portal.

“After ezeep’s quick setup, users have secure access to all their printers at any time, regardless of the end device and whether they are network printers in the company or local printers in the home office,” said Christoph Hammer, Senior Vice President of Cloud Services at ThinPrint. “The design, which is harmonized with Windows Virtual Desktop, ensures a perfect user experience.”

Interested customers can now register here for the preview:                                           https://www.thinprint.com/ezeep-wvd-preview


ThinPrint press releases are available at https://press.thinprint.com/, photos at https://press.thinprint.com/media.

About ThinPrint

ThinPrint, with nearly 20 years of continuous development and internationally patented ThinPrint technology, is the leading provider of print management software and services for businesses. In 2015, ThinPrint acquired ezeep, including its native cloud printing technology, which has since become the leading printing solution for coworking and shared workspaces. With these two strong product lines, ThinPrint delivers a unique printing experience for every modern workplace. Whether printing from traditional PCs, mobile devices, thin clients, virtual desktops, or from the cloud, over 25,000 companies across all industries and of all sizes optimize their printing infrastructure and increase productivity thanks to ThinPrint. In addition, more than 100, and growing, Desktop-as-a-Service, and Software-as-a-Service providers deliver reliable, high-performance printing from the cloud to their customers. Investment in ThinPrint printing solutions leads to a fast ROI because the easy-to-implement and manage print systems reduce the burden on IT departments, result in significant performance improvements while ensuring optimal, reliable print support at every workplace. ThinPrint’s technologies and components enable its use in almost any infrastructure and take into account integration of branch and home offices as well as mobile employees. The solutions are developed and rigorously tested at ThinPrint’s headquarters in Berlin – software Made in Germany. Offices in the United States, the UK, Australia, Japan and China, as well as more than 350 channel partners around the world offer direct and on-site customer care. Thanks to numerous OEM partnerships, ThinPrint technology components are integrated in a variety of printers and thin clients from leading hardware manufacturers. Special significance is placed on the strategic partnerships of the company with Brother, Citrix Systems, Fujitsu, Fuji Xerox, Hewlett-Packard, IGEL, Konica Minolta, Kyocera Mita, Lexmark, Microsoft, MobileIron OKI, Parallels, T-Systems, VMware, Wyse Technology, Xerox and 10Zig.

Studio Canal Deploys NAGRA’s NexGuard Watermarking Technology to Protect International Content Distribution

NexGuard forensic watermarking prevents leaks of Studio Canal’s pre-release content

Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland, and Phoenix (AZ), USA – May 7, 2019 – NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company and the world’s leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, today announced that Studio Canal, a subsidiary of CANAL+ Group and one of Europe’s leading companies in the co-production, acquisition, distribution and sales of international feature films and TV series, has deployed its NexGuard forensic watermarking technology to protect the international distribution of Studio Canal content.

“The addition of NexGuard watermarking gives us the peace of mind that our valuable content remains protected during its downstream distribution, by deterring anyone from leaking content as any potential leak can be traced back to its source,” said Jean-Pierre Boiget, Head of Distribution Services at Studio Canal. “This enhanced content security also allows an increased time window for promotional and marketing activities by our international distributors, and ultimately contribute to the protection of our creative industry.”

“Any leak in pre-release and distribution workflows has substantial economic consequences – it is therefore paramount for content owners like Studio Canal to protect their assets when they are most valuable,” said Jean-Philippe Plantevin, Vice-President, NAGRA Anti-Piracy. “Our watermarking technology is a powerful deterrent against any leak, with a proven track record of successful forensic investigations.”

NexGuard watermarking was seamlessly deployed into Studio Canal’s distribution platform thanks to the tight integration of NexGuard into transcoders, and now allows Studio Canal to embed a unique, imperceptible and robust watermark in each pre-release content asset before its international distribution.

About NAGRA

NAGRA, the digital TV division of the Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S), provides security and multiscreen user experience solutions for the monetization of digital media. The company provides content providers and DTV operators worldwide with secure, open and integrated platforms and applications over broadcast, broadband and mobile platforms, enabling compelling and personalized viewing experiences. Please visit dtv.nagra.com for more information and follow us on Twitter at @nagrakudelski.

essensys integrates with ezeep

essensys customers can now manage their coworking spaces and printing from a single interface.

(DENVER, May 7, 2019) ezeep Inc., provider of ezeep – the leading printing solution for coworking spaces and universities, and essensys – provider of mission-critical software for tech-driven flexible workspaces, are launching a cooperative partnership. As a result of their collaboration, ezeep has been fully integrated into Operate, the comprehensive workspace management platform by essensys. This means that essensys Operate customers can now fully manage their printing environment easily from within the essensys platform. After a one-time quick setup, user management and billing are fully automated.

Print management in coworking spaces is no trivial matter. While there are usually just a small number of printers, there are a large number of users with highly-diverse printing requirements. The correct mapping of printers and print invoicing is a considerable burden for workspace operators. With the integration of ezeep into essensys Operate, coworking spaces can now significantly simplify their printing processes. Check out the benefits of cloud printing for coworking spaces, compared to traditional printing.

When Operate customers install ezeep, they simply enter their printers and define rules once. Then, both printer allocation as well as the transfer of accounting data to the Operate accounting system take place in real-time, meaning users will automatically be invoiced even if they go over their printing limit. Operators have the ability to assign a threshold of free prints per account. If a user prints over this allowance, Operate software will ensure these additional prints are seamlessly entered into charge sheets to be invoiced to the end user.

“In the past, coworking space operators often didn’t invoice printouts because the expense of invoicing was too great,” says Christoph Hammer, CEO at ezeep Inc. “This integration means that both the provision of print services and invoicing are now fully automated and all available within Operate, the enterprise-grade workspace management platform by essensys. Specialist IT know-how isn’t even required.”

“Our technology powers the world’s largest community of tech-driven flexible workspaces,” says James Shannon, Chief Product Officer at essensys. “These customers now have the option of offering their members a compelling printing solution that facilitates integrated billing across multiple locations all within the same account. We’re pleased to bring this sought-after  operational functionality to the coworking market. It will save coworking operators time and frustration in printing services, while offering a better member experience across the board.”

Additional information can be found on the ezeep press page at https://press.thinprintcloud.com/en

About ezeep Inc.

ezeep, Inc. is a subsidiary of ThinPrint, the leading provider of print management software and services for businesses. We focus on providing cloud enabled print and print management solutions to individuals, coworking spaces, educational institutions and other organizations.

With ezeep and ezeep Dash, our customers drastically reduce the administration of their print infrastructure and print users by leaving all the time intensive tasks to us. In addition, they benefit from advanced features like print quotas, automated per-page billing, secure release printing, Wi-Fi printing to any printer from mobile devices, remote printing and self-service portals. For more information, please visit: www.ezeep.com.

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Teamplace now enables teams to work together on Microsoft Office 365

Teamplace now enables teams to work together on Office 365 documents on its online storage platform.

(BERLIN, May 2, 2019) Teamplace, the online storage platform for teams, has now integrated Microsoft Office 365 into its platform. Users can now open, work on and share documents in Teamplace with Office 365.

Those who enjoy working with Microsoft Office 365 can now also easily do so in Teamplace. In its latest version, Teamplace has seamlessly integrated Office 365 into its collaboration platform. By clicking on the Office 365 icon and the user logging in, documents can be edited online with Office 365. The only requirement for use is a valid Office 365 Business subscription or school account.

During editing, the Office 365 document is regularly saved in the Teamplace. When a user is finished working, they simply close the browser window. Changes made by other team members can be easily tracked via the versioning feature and team members using Office 365 can work on the same document at the same time. A red flag clearly indicates the area of the document that is currently being edited.

As usual, files can be commented upon across versions and the Activity Stream informs all project participants about the latest updates from their team members.

For those not working with Office 365, the familiar editing feature in Teamplace is available as usual, regardless of whether other team members use Office 365. Automatic versioning prevents data chaos and ensures that documents are not accidentally deleted.

“At Teamplace, we want to fully support teams collaborating in the best possible way, also by giving them access to the tools they like to work with,” says Benjamin Schüler, CTO at Cortado Mobile Solutions. “Since Microsoft Office 365 contains the most popular office applications, we wanted to take this into account and make it easier for our Office 365 users to work together in Teamplace.”

In particular, our users from educational institutions, who work a lot with different types of documents, often use Office 365 apps, especially as they can use Office 365 free of charge.

This press release and images, such as management photos and screenshots, can be found at press.teamplace.net.

A Teamplace can be created free of charge at www.teamplace.net

About Teamplace
The development of the Teamplace, a Cortado Mobile Solutions product, idea started back in 2014. Since this time, we have been continuously developing the Teamplace solution with over 20 specialists in Berlin, making cloud storage available for teams on all platforms and always taking advantage of the latest technology. Our goal is to make collaboration and exchange for professional and private scenarios as easy and as convenient as possible.

NAGRA and PT LinkNet in Indonesia extend content protection partnership to cardless hybrid Android TV service

  • NAGRA Protect cardless content protection solution to secure the operator’s pay-TV service on new hybrid broadcast/OTT cable set-top boxes
  • Solution enables the operator’s transition from a card-based to cardless system providing the highest level of security

Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland, and Phoenix (AZ), USA, April 23, 2019 – NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company and the world’s leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, announced today that PT LinkNet, a leading provider of cable television and high speed broadband internet services in Indonesia, has selected NAGRA Protect cardless content protection technology to secure its new hybrid broadcast and Android TV-based OTT service.

“As a longstanding partner to LinkNet, NAGRA was the natural choice when the time came to evolve our platform to a cardless system,” said Desmond POON, Chief Product and Technology Officer, LinkNet. “This transition enables us to seamlessly deliver new services to our subscribers, by combining the best of our broadcast cable platform and the best of an Android TV OTT service.”

“We’re excited to extend our partnership with LinkNet and help them evolve their systems to a cardless platform fit for hybrid Android TV deployments,” said Stephane Le Dreau, Senior Vice President Sales & Services APAC at NAGRA. “With the NAGRA Protect, they are able to benefit from a proven security solution that enables them to address the new needs of their customer base and extend their TV services to any screen while giving them the peace of mind that their premium content remains secure on any device, including Android TV.”

NAGRA Protect supports the transition from card-based to cardless systems. It provides an unprecedented level of security for a software-based solution, leveraging either NAGRA NOCS (NAGRA on-chip security) or chipset Trusted Execution Environments (TEEs). NAGRA Protect adheres to MovieLabs requirements for Enhanced Content Protection for distributing 4K/HDR or early-release content. NAGRA Protect has the largest certified system-on-chip (SOC) and set-top box partner network enabling more freedom of choice for service providers when selecting the chip and set-top box that best fits their needs.

About NAGRA

NAGRA, the digital TV division of the Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S), provides security and multiscreen user experience solutions for the monetization of digital media. The company offers content providers and DTV service providers worldwide secure, open and integrated platforms and applications over broadcast, broadband and mobile platforms, enabling compelling and personalized viewing experiences. Please visit dtv.nagra.com for more information and follow us on Twitter at @nagrakudelski.

NAGRA, BitRouter and Harmonic to Demonstrate Solution for Broadcasters at NAB Show to Seamlessly Enable ATSC 3.0 Video Services

  • New end-to-end solution to showcase how broadcasters can enable ATSC 3.0 reception and monetization of content for connected and non-connected ATSC 3.0 receivers
  • Joint product delivers the most flexible way to upsell consumers migrating to ATSC 3.0 and seamless reach for broadcasters across the ASTC 3.0 footprint

Cheseaux, Switzerland, and Phoenix, AZ – April 8, 2019 – At the NAB Show, NAGRA, BitRouter and Harmonic will demonstrate a new solution that provides broadcasters and device manufacturers with the most flexible way to prepare for the launch of the new ATSC 3.0 Next Generation Broadcast Standard and related video services on both connected and unconnected ATSC 3.0 devices.

The product on display will demonstrate the end-to-end solution that integrates NAGRA content protection technologies,  the BitRouter ATSC 3.0 receiver stack and the Harmonic Packager XOS for live OTT streaming.  The integration of these various technologies enable an addressable solution to monetize ATSC 3.0 services and upsell consumers migrating to ATSC 3.0. It also features a unique purchasing capability using existing mobile communication channels along with ATSC OTA and broadband-IP transmission.

“NAGRA is committed to helping U.S. broadcasters prepare for the launch of ATSC 3.0 with best-of-breed solutions and partners,” said Tom Wirth, SVP Americas at NAGRA. “The solution we are demonstrating together  makes great strides in enabling new services and monetization opportunities for the next gen market. We have a long history of success ensuring premium content is protected and secure, and ATSC 3.0 will be no exception. While security is the starting point, we are also looking to future opportunities, such as broadcasting to moving vehicles for both entertainment and telematics, IoT, analytics and hybrid business devices and services that broadcasters might want to deploy.”

“BitRouter’s ATSC3pak middleware and ATSC3pro turnkey set-top box and gateway solution provided an ideal platform to quickly integrate NAGRA’s content protection technology,” said Gopal Miglani, President and Founder of BitRouter. “ATSC3pro provides an open UI SDK. BitRouter deployed its ATSC 1.0 middleware in over 30 million receivers with 14 different SoC platforms. We are committed to bring the same robustness and portability to the ATSC 3.0 receiver market.”

“As our industry embarks on this ATSC 3.0 journey, new linear TV consumption models that use content protection are a top priority for broadcasters,” said Jean Macher, Director of Broadcast Market Development at Harmonic. “The solution proposed by NAGRA, Harmonic and BitRouter is addressing both connected and non-connected ATSC 3.0 receivers for maximum monetization opportunity. We are excited to work with our longtime partner NAGRA on this breakthrough protection technology.”  Additionally, set-top box and TV manufacturers will have access to the complete NAGRA and BitRouter Software Development Kit (SDK)  to enable the development of turnkey ATSC 3.0-ready reception devices.

 

The solution will be on display at NAB Show, April 8-11, 2019 at the BitRouter booth located in the #N1831 in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

About NAGRA

NAGRA, a digital TV division of the Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S), provides security and multiscreen user experience solutions for the monetization of digital media. The company offers content providers and DTV service providers worldwide secure, open and integrated platforms and applications over broadcast, broadband and mobile platforms, enabling compelling and personalized viewing experiences. Please visit dtv.nagra.com for more information and follow us on Twitter at @nagrakudelski.

APOLAN Names the Top Trends Driving Passive Optical LAN Adoption for Next-Generation Smart Buildings

Passive Optical LAN is the key to future-ready, cost-effective digital transformations in smart environments

NEW YORK – April 3, 2019 – The Association for Passive Optical LAN (APOLAN), the non-profit organization driving both education and adoption for Passive Optical Local Area Networks (POL), today announced the top five trends driving the replacement of copper-based networks with Passive Optical LAN to meet 21st century smart building demands.

Across the globe, POL is a vital component for smart buildings and smart campuses to enable the various communication and analyzation systems that supply data and optimize building performance. With POL in place, management and operations, as well as end-users, can take advantage of these valued services while being sustainable, secure, safe, reliable and resilient. According to the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), around the globe, the smart buildings technology market will explode 16.1 percent over the next five years from a 2018 market size of $30.5 billion.

“A smart building can be thought of as an ecosystem, a dynamic entity with many devices of varying age that need to communicate and depend on each other,” said Mario Blandini, Marketing Committee Chair, APOLAN. “If a smart building’s ecosystem was the human body, Passive Optical LAN would be the the central nervous system, transmiting vast amounts of data with seamless connectivity and communiations, regardless of the various components in the network.”

Below are the top five trends APOLAN has determined as the driving factors for POL:

The Cloud: With most environments moving to the cloud and servers in buildings no longer common place, demands for SaaS environments are increasing. A classic copper-based LAN cannot keep pace as it was designed to carry traffic between computers in a building or campus. POL environements, on the other hand, can easily accommodate this shift by reliably connecting users to their SaaS applications running in the cloud.

Data Growth: The growth of 4K video is one example of how data growth is pushing the limits of traditional infrastructure. With the future predicted to bring continued growth in traditional business data use, and even greater growth in sensor data, fiber is the 21st century media for LAN. Passive Optical LAN enables capacity growth at a fraction of the equipment and cabling required with classic LAN architectures, which also decreases both OPEX and CAPEX.

IoT on the Rise: Smart buildings are defined by sensors, devices and systems in the building connected to the LAN to operate more efficiently. However, classic LAN technology from the 20th century was never designed to support a network robust enough to stay ahead of the increasing device growth.

The Density Demand: Advances in WiFi like 802.11ax carry more traffic and support a large number of users and devices in a smaller area. While each user may have several connected devices and be surrounded by IoT devices, each user still expects to have fast accesssability. As the number of device and sensors in a building increases, density will be an issue for tradtional copper-based LANs.

Investment Protection: Passive Optical LAN has proven to deliver CAPEX and OPEX savings beyond that of a traditional copper-based LAN. More impressive is that the investment made today will deliver benefits for decades to come.  No matter what technology advancements or demands arise 30 years from now, POL will be in place to accommodate them.  Copper-networks, however, will not be able to withstand the test of time without significant – and costly – upgrades. 

From hospitality, education, government and healthcare, to corporate environments, POL allows buildings and campuses to achieve improved efficiency at a lower cost, and supports green buildings and more efficient spaces by providing a future-proof and high-speed infrastructure to keep pace with today and tomorrow’s technology demands.  More information about POL and smart buildings can found in the recent “Smart Buildings, Smart Networks” webinar, which can be accessed here.  For additional information about POL, please visit http://www.apolanglobal.org/.

About The Association for Passive Optical LAN (APOLAN)

The Association for Passive Optical LAN is a non-profit organization that is driving adoption and educating the market about the technical and economic advantages of passive optical LAN technology. Through its membership, which is comprised of manufacturers, distributors, integrators and consulting companies actively involved in the marketplace, the Association hopes to help designers, engineers, architects, building owners, CIOs and IT departments implement and successfully use passive optical LAN. For more information, visit http://www.apolanglobal.org/.

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ThinPrint Names Christoph Hammer Senior Vice President of its Cloud Business

(BERLIN/DENVER, April 2, 2019) – ThinPrint, provider of the world’s leading print management software, announced its appointment of Christoph Hammer as Senior Vice President of Cloud Services.

As a veteran in the virtualization space and a former CEO of ezeep, Hammer was the natural choice for the leader of ThinPrint’s cloud printing sector moving forward.  “Since the acquisition of ezeep in 2015, Christoph Hammer has developed the solution into the leading cloud printing platform for co-working spaces,” says Charlotte Kuenzell, CEO of ThinPrint Inc. “This step not only highlights the importance of the ezeep product line for ThinPrint, but also emphasizes how much of a priority our cloud printing solutions are for us.”

ThinPrint is planning a wide-ranged expansion of its ezeep cloud printing offerings. “The closer cooperation and access to ThinPrint’s technology product line, currently serving over a million users globally, will allow ezeep to quickly expand its offerings beyond the co-working core market,” says Christoph Hammer. “The desktop-as-a-service market is an area we especially expect to set the standard for performance and user-friendliness.”

Before assuming the CEO role at ezeep Inc., Hammer held several leading roles at ThinPrint and Cortado, including Managing Consultant, Senior Vice President of Professional Services; Chief Technology Officer; and Chief Information Officer. His professional interest and experience is centered around software defined printing and print services. Christoph Hammer has a summa cum laude degree in computer sciences from the Technische Universitaet Berlin and is a well-regarded speaker at international congresses and trade shows.

ThinPrint press releases are available at https://press.thinprint.com/, photos at https://press.thinprint.com/media.

About ThinPrint

ThinPrint, with nearly 20 years of continuous development and internationally patented ThinPrint technology, is the leading provider of print management software and services for businesses. In 2015, ThinPrint acquired ezeep, including its native cloud printing technology, which has since become the leading printing solution for coworking and shared workspaces. With these two strong product lines, ThinPrint delivers a unique printing experience for every modern workplace. Whether printing from traditional PCs, mobile devices, thin clients, virtual desktops, or from the cloud, over 25,000 companies across all industries and of all sizes optimize their printing infrastructure and increase productivity thanks to ThinPrint. In addition, more than 100, and growing, Desktop-as-a-Service, and Software-as-a-Service providers deliver reliable, high-performance printing from the cloud to their customers. Investment in ThinPrint printing solutions leads to a fast ROI because the easy-to-implement and manage print systems reduce the burden on IT departments, result in significant performance improvements while ensuring optimal, reliable print support at every workplace. ThinPrint’s technologies and components enable its use in almost any infrastructure and take into account integration of branch and home offices as well as mobile employees. The solutions are developed and rigorously tested at ThinPrint’s headquarters in Berlin – software Made in Germany. Offices in the United States, the UK, Australia, Japan and China, as well as more than 350 channel partners around the world offer direct and on-site customer care. Thanks to numerous OEM partnerships, ThinPrint technology components are integrated in a variety of printers and thin clients from leading hardware manufacturers. Special significance is placed on the strategic partnerships of the company with Brother, Citrix Systems, Fujitsu, Fuji Xerox, Hewlett-Packard, IGEL, Konica Minolta, Kyocera Mita, Lexmark, Microsoft, MobileIron OKI, Parallels, T-Systems, VMware, Wyse Technology, Xerox and 10Zig.

NAGRA and MTM Launch the 2019 Pay-TV Innovation Forum

  • Fourth edition aims to help service providers and content owners identify the strategic opportunities for growth in a rapidly transforming industry
  • Global research to explore key industry trends including next-generation aggregation, data and analytics, combatting piracy and pay-TV transformation
  • New 2019 research to focus on how service providers can respond to and leverage OTT, including a specialized focus on sports OTT
  • Activities include a global series of interviews, regional executive seminars, a survey of industry executives, a special report on sports OTT, and a flagship final report to be presented at IBC 2019

Cheseaux, Switzerland, and Phoenix, AZ – 25 March 2019 – NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company and the world’s leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, in partnership with MTM, a leading international research and strategy consultancy, today announces the launch of the 2019 Pay-TV Innovation Forum.

The global research programme will explore the biggest challenges facing pay-TV service providers and content owners today, and how they can identify new opportunities to transform and future-proof their business in the years to come. Key topics to be addressed in the 2019 edition include:

·      OTT growth, examining the impact on pay-TV operators of the growth in OTT services, particularly in the area of sports OTT, and how they are responding

·      Next generation aggregation, exploring what pay-TV providers can do to enhance their services, such as launching new pay-TV bundles, integrating OTT services and creating new consumer experiences

·      Data and analytics, investigating how operators are using data and analytics, AI and machine learning to innovate services and improve their top and bottom lines

·      Piracy, covering the new challenges facing pay-TV operators and content owners, and the fight against content theft, particularly in the area of  premium sports

·      Pay-TV transformation, identifying the steps pay-TV businesses are taking to transform their organisations, and defining what a successful operator will look like in 2023 and beyond

“In the fourth year of the programme, we are strategically introducing new themes and analyzing their impact on the current state of the pay-TV industry,” said Simon Trudelle, Senior Director Product Marketing at NAGRA. “This expanded focus will provide operators and content owners with a concise view of the current trends, innovations and investment strategies that are shaping the industry both regionally and globally.”

“As disruption and competition in the pay-TV industry continue to intensify, operators and content owners need to carefully consider the strategies, business models and services that will enable them to maintain growth,” said Jon Watts, Managing Partner, MTM.

The 2019 programme will run from March to September, and include in-depth interviews, a global survey with leading industry executives, as well as a special report on the growth of premium sports OTT services around the world. It will also include regional seminars, designed to encourage focused discussions among executives to identify the key challenges and opportunities facing the industry. The flagship final report, which summarises key findings from the programme, will be launched at IBC in September 2019.

Launched in 2016 by NAGRA and MTM, the Pay-TV Innovation Forum is a major international initiative that seeks to explore innovation and growth across the pay-TV industry during a period of significant change and disruption. For more information on previous editions, please visit the Pay-TV Innovation Forum website.​

About NAGRA

NAGRA, a digital TV division of the Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S), provides security and multiscreen user experience solutions for the monetization of digital media. The company provides content providers and DTV operators worldwide with secure, open and integrated platforms and applications over broadcast, broadband and mobile platforms, enabling compelling and personalized viewing experiences. Please visitdtv.nagra.com for more information and follow us on Twitter at @nagrakudelski.

NAGRA SHOWCASES A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO SMART, SIMPLE AND EFFICIENT PAY-TV BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION AT NAB 2019

Cheseaux, Switzerland, and Phoenix, AZ – March 19, 2019 – At NAB ShowNAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company and the world’s leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, will demonstrate its latest technologies in content protection, anti-piracy services, watermarking, and active content monetization at the Las Vegas Convention Center, booth #SU3624, from April 8-11, 2019.
“With traditional TV and OTT now synonymous and with numerous needs to address, such as protecting premium content, especially in sports, fighting new forms of piracy, integrating various sources of content and running cloud operations, players in the media and entertainment space must have the right strategy in place for success,” said Tom Wirth, SVP Americas for NAGRA. “We are now at a stage where operators, broadcasters and content owners must drive business transformation forward and adapt to current markets needs by leveraging solutions that are simple, smart, flexible and efficient – this will be the focus of our NAB showcase.”

NAGRA’s key themes and demonstrations at NAB Show will include:

Cloud-Based Content Value Protection: NAGRA will highlight its cloud-based Security Services Platform, cloud.SSP, a unified and flexible platform for managing all an operator’s content security requirements across all screens. NAGRA cloud.SSP supports TVkey Cloud, a new cloud-based direct-to-TV security solution for Smart TVs. NAGRA will also highlight comprehensive Android TV security and content protection for ATSC 3.0, the next version of the broadcast standard for the distribution of local TV channels in a connected world.

Anti-Piracy Services and Forensic Watermarking: Complementing the content protection showcase, NAGRA will demonstrate its approach to proactively fighting and disrupting the growing scale and sophistication of ever-evolving piracy threats by providing a combined approach of anti-piracy services and forensic watermarking for premium live sports and VOD content. Latest technology innovations include watermarking with very short detection time for pre-release content, as well as linear channel watermarking to enable broadcasters and sports rights owners to identify which affiliate’s distribution channel or licensee’s TV channel is most often the source of pirated content. 

Active Content Monetization: Driven by the flexible OpenTV Suite, NAGRA will showcase how service providers can effectively drive consumer loyalty by enabling efficient on-boarding of OTT content with an elegant data-driven approach to content discovery. For operators seeking a ready-to deploy end-to-end OTT solution, Conax GO Live provides live TV streaming to Android and iOS devices, with start-over and catch up TV capabilities, in less than 30 days. Running on AWS, Conax GO Live operates on the Conax Contego unified content security platform supporting major native DRMs. Recent deployments of Conax GO Live will be on display.

Smart Business Operations with Data Analytics and AI: NAGRA will highlight the unique approach and capabilities of NAGRA Insight, an AI-driven, pay-TV data analytics platform. NAGRA Insight enables service providers to make better business decisions to improve their bottom line, take control of the data they own and create personalized actions that drive monetization, along with subscriber value, content, quality of experience, and targeted advertising.
About NAGRA
NAGRA, the digital TV division of the Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S), provides security and multiscreen user experience solutions for the monetization of digital media. The company offers content providers and DTV operators worldwide secure, open and integrated platforms and applications over broadcast, broadband and mobile platforms, enabling compelling and personalized viewing experiences. Please visit dtv.nagra.com for more information and follow us on Twitter at@nagrakudelski.