NAGRA’s Conax Contego content protection supports Cignal TV’s strong momentum in the Philippines

  • Cignal TV Inc., the number one pay-TV provider in the Philippines, reaches two million subscribers
  • Cignal TV deployed Conax cardless content protection in September 2015 for complete protection of new SD, HD and hybrid services

Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland, and Phoenix (AZ), USA – September 13, 2018 – 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 Cignal TV Inc., the leading pay-TV provider in the Philippines, has reached two million subscribers. Cignal TVs next generation platform delivers multiple format TV and hybrid services on a range of set-top-boxes.

“A pay-TV service can only be successful if its content assets are secure,” said Jane Basas, CEO of Cignal TV.” When we first launched our new platform, we chose Conax technologies because we were confident they would deliver – and they did not disappoint. Now, just two years later, we have reached the two million subscriber mark, and could not be more excited for what’s to come. We wish to thank the Conax and now NAGRA teams for their ongoing support and commitment to our growth and success.”

“We congratulate Cignal TV in reaching a significant milestone and one that demonstrates the growing popularity of its service and content with viewers in the Philippines,” said Stéphane Le Dréau, SVP Sales APAC at NAGRA. “We are also proud to be the content security provider for those services and ensure the continued integrity and growth of the Cignal TV service for years to come.”

Cignal TV deployed the Conax cardless solution based on the highly flexible, robust Conax Contego unified security back-end. Conax Contego is developed for seamless support and integration of all major distribution technologies and formats including UHD/4K, smart cards, cardless, next generation IPTV security, advanced multi-DRM / OTT services and new hybrid network combinations. Both Conax solutions are now part of the NAGRA content protection portfolio of advanced and off-the-shelf security solutions.

NAGRA’s IBC 2018 showcase will feature the complete line of NAGRA content value protection solutions and include the Conax product line, NAGRA Anti-Piracy Services, and NexGuard watermarking, on stand, 1.C81, from September 14-18, 2018. For more information on NAGRA’s IBC presence, please visit dtv.nagra.com/ibc.

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.

 

ThinPrint Cloud Services Unveils Perfect Printing Solution for Coworking Spaces and Universities

The latest ezeep update ensures automatic printing to any authorized printer without admins having to get involved

 

DENVER and BERLIN, September 13, 2018 ThinPrint Cloud Services, a subsidiary of the endpoint print management expert ThinPrint, today released the newest version of ezeep, the leading printing solution for coworking spaces and universities. RFID-based printing is now fully integrated into ezeep, making it the ideal solution in markets where users share multiple printers. In addition to this highly user-friendly set up, the new updates eliminate the need for IT administrators to spend time on printer assignments or printer driver management.

 

Printing in coworking spaces or universities has historically been challenging for both users and IT administrators. Users are tasked with selecting and gaining access to the correct printer and clicking through widely-varying user interfaces, while admins are burdened with assigning the correct printers to the users, as well as managing printer drivers.

 

The new version of ezeep eliminates the need for users to have to choose among several printers on a list. Instead, they simply select the virtual ezeep printer, go to the printer they find most convenient and initiate the printout by holding any RFID card against the RFID scanner connected to it. A fitness club ID can be used just as easily as an employee or library card. The only requirement being that the card must be RFID-enabled. In addition to simplifying the process, ezeep now ensures unauthorized persons cannot accidentally or intentionally take a printout from the printer.

 

On the management side, ezeep enables IT administrators to no longer have to assign printers to users, need to know which users work near which printer or which device they prefer to print from. Due to one cloud-based printer driver, there is no need to install and update printer drivers for each machine or device.

 

“One printer driver, no printer assignment, no clicking through countless printer properties… printing with ezeep is incredibly easy – both for administrators and users,” said Christoph Hammer, CEO of ThinPrint Cloud Services Inc. “This comes with other benefits, such as avoiding

 

unnecessary and expensive uncollected printouts and the certainty that printouts can never fall into the wrong hands at the printer. This is a highly-valuable advantage, especially in institutions such as coworking spaces or universities with many users.”

 

The ezeep cloud-based printing solution with RFID-based printing can be tested free of charge and without any obligation for 30 days and 10 users, including free support from the ezeep team. Alternatively, interested parties can get a first impression of the solution with a demo interface.

 

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

 

A free 30-day demo account for 10 users can be set up easily at: https://www.ezeep.com/demo/

 

 

About ThinPrint Cloud Services, Inc.

ThinPrint Cloud Services, 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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NAGRA LAUNCHES NEXGUARD QUICKMARK WATERMARKING SOLUTION TO COMBAT PIRACY OF PREMIUM LIVE SPORTS

QuickMark subscriber-level watermarking solution now offered

globally as part of NAGRA’s powerful suite of Anti-Piracy Services

Cheseaux, Switzerland, and Phoenix, AZ – September 10, 2018 – NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company and the world’s leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, today announced the launch of NexGuard QuickMark, a subscriber-level watermarking solution to fight piracy of premium live sports on open devices.

 

While premium live sports are a key growth driver for legitimate pay-TV service providers, they are also a fast-growing target for pirates who are starting to use open client devices, such as laptops and tablets, as a video source for their pirate services. In this new and growing piracy environment, legitimate service providers require effective anti-piracy solutions and tools, and subscriber-level watermarking is recognized as highly effective, when combined with a secure player.

“The key to combatting OTT piracy of live sport events is to identify its source and shut it down quickly,” said Harrie Tholen, VP of Sales, NAGRA Anti-Piracy & NexGuard NAGRA. “NexGuard QuickMark is a watermarking solution for open client devices, that, when combined with a secure player, gives service providers and content owners the ability to detect which subscriber is re-streaming their live sports event and put a stop to it in real-time. It’s a must-have in their anti-piracy toolset.”

 

NexGuard QuickMark complements the existing NexGuard watermarking solution for set-top-boxes and is part of NAGRA’s suite of anti-piracy services. Its detection capabilities enable near real-time identification of the subscriber at the source of the piracy and the appropriate action to stop it. Using state-of-the-art content identification technologies such as real-time fingerprinting, NAGRA can capture pirate streams from the internet, social media and illicit streaming devices, and feed them into the QuickMark detection platform via an automated interface. As a dynamic client-side solution, NexGuard QuickMark does not require any modifications to the encoding, DRM or CDN systems.

 

NexGuard QuickMark enables a highly secure and robust implementation. It is integrated with the NAGRA OpenTV Player, a secure player for the delivery of premium content services on open client devices, and other third-party players. NexGuard QuickMark will be available to premium sports service providers in late 2018.

 

NAGRA Anti-Piracy Services, NexGuard watermarking and content value protection solutions will be on display on NAGRA stand, 1.C81, at IBC 2018 in Amsterdam, from September 14-18, 2018. For more information on NAGRA’s IBC presence, please visit dtv.nagra.com/ibc.

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 visit dtv.nagra.com for more information and follow us on Twitter at @nagrakudelski.

 

NAGRA’S OPENTV SIGNATURE EDITION TO POWER EUTELSAT CIRRUS OFFERING

  • World-first launch of OpenTV Signature Edition for hybrid satellite/OTT service
  • OpenTV Signature Edition’s powerful user experience and backend platform deliver a brand-new experience to Eutelsat customers

 

Cheseaux, Switzerland, and Phoenix, AZ – September 7, 2018 – 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 Eutelsat Communications, one of the world’s leading satellite operators, selected  the OpenTV Signature Edition user experience to power Eutelsat CIRRUS, Eutelsat’s new video service for satellite and OTT. Leveraging NAGRA’s powerful OTT platform, the solution was customized for Eutelsat to meet the needs of the hybrid satellite/OTT Eutelsat CIRRUS offering. CIRRUS is available “as a service” to Eutelsat TV broadband customers. The announcement also marks the first deployment of an integrated OpenTV Signature Edition.

 

“Eutelsat selected NAGRA as it was clear that their OpenTV Signature Edition solution, would meet the Eutelsat customers’ requirements – a sophisticated service with advanced features that can continuously evolve to meet the needs of their viewers,” said Bruno Cattan, Director for Terminals and Solutions at Eutelsat. “We look forward to rolling out the service and working with NAGRA in the months ahead to develop new features and enrich our product portfolio.”

 

“We’re delighted to be selected by Eutelsat to power the new Eutelsat CIRRUS platform through our OpenTV Signature Edition product,” said Holger Ippach, SVP, UEX Product Unit, NAGRA. “In selecting NAGRA, Eutelsat has a strong and committed long-term technology partner for a solution that was designed to scale across multiple tenants in different geographies. We applaud Eutelsat on this exciting launch and are committed to supporting them as they extend the Eutelsat CIRRUS service to their customers during this next development phase of their business.”

 

As an “all-in-one” solution, OpenTV Signature Edition brings the best of linear satellite TV content and streaming services to consumers through a simple and intuitive user experience underpinned by a powerful OTT platform. It is designed to assist new entrants into the OTT market, as well as traditional pay-TV operators looking to complement their existing satellite services with compelling OTT services.

 

Eutelsat CIRRUS  powered by NAGRA OpenTV Signature Edition will be on display on the Eutelsat Stand 1.D59 and NAGRA Stand 1.C81 at the IBC Show in Amsterdam, from September 14 to 18, 2018. For more information on NAGRA’s IBC presence, please visit dtv.nagra.com/ibc.

 

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 visit dtv.nagra.com for more information and follow us on Twitter at @nagrakudelski.

 

NAGRA AND SPORT TV JOIN FORCES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST ILLEGAL LIVE STREAMING OF SOCCER MATCHES IN PORTUGAL AND AROUND THE WORLD

  • NAGRA Anti-Piracy Services provide SPORT TV with IPTV, internet and social media monitoring and takedown services for the 2018-19 season
  • NAGRA brings a unique combination of global expertise and local market knowledge to impact the most popular pirate streaming services in Portugal
  • Latest win marks NAGRA’s increasing footprint in combatting illegal streaming of premium live sports content

 

Cheseaux, Switzerland, and Phoenix, AZ – September 6, 2018 – NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company and the world’s leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, and SPORT TV, the premium sports network and market leader in Portugal, today announced that they are joining forces in the fight against streaming piracy of live sports content. SPORT TV, which owns the exclusive rights to Portugal’s football league, leverages NAGRA Anti-Piracy Services to protect the premium sports network from illegal live streaming of soccer matches in Portugal and around the world.

“SPORT TV invests significantly and prides itself in providing the world’s best sports programming to its viewers,” said Rui Marques, from SPORT TV. “To protect SPORT TV’s value, and above all to protect consumers from dangerous behaviours that might put in risk their privacy and personal safety, we need to ensure that our content is distributed exclusively through the legitimate channels. As the leader in content protection, NAGRA was the best partner to join forces with and help us preserve that investment not only for our rights holders, but for the enjoyment of our viewers.”

“We applaud SPORT TV in taking the first step in what is a fierce battle against illegal streaming in Portugal and implementing new anti-piracy measures in their territory,” said Jean-Philippe Plantevin, Vice President Anti-Piracy at NAGRA. “Our anti-piracy services provide a holistic approach to fighting piracy, by combining technology, investigations and legal actions to put a stop to illegitimate streaming of premium content. An increasing number of content owners are turning to us to help protect their live sports events from IPTV, internet and social media streaming piracy and return viewers to the legitimate value chain. We look forward to supporting SPORT TV during this season’s games.”

 

NAGRA Anti-Piracy Services provide sports rights holders, content owners and service providers with advanced detection, real-time monitoring and takedown services, but also strategic and legal counsel, deep global intelligence combined with local expertise.

 

Along with NAGRA’s industry-leading content protection technologies, including card-based and cardless conditional access, and NexGuard forensic watermarking, NAGRA Anti-Piracy Services help both service providers and content owners manage and disrupt today’s piracy ecosystem and the various piracy methods in operation around the world – from open and highly visible piracy on the internet and social media, to key sharing and illegal commercial IPTV piracy services that compete with legitimate offerings.

 

NAGRA content value protection solutions, Anti-Piracy Services and NexGuard watermarking will be on display on NAGRA stand, 1.C81, at IBC 2018 in Amsterdam, from September 14-18, 2018. For more information on NAGRA’s IBC presence, please visit dtv.nagra.com/ibc.

 

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.

 

 

The Association for Passive Optical LAN Brings POL Education, Growth and Opportunity to BICSI 2018 Fall Conference

This year’s event features APOLAN’s popular POL seminar and the addition of new board members

 

NEW YORK – September 6, 2018 (BICSI Fall Conference, booth #812) The Association for Passive Optical LAN (APOLAN), the non-profit organization driving both education and adoption for passive optical local area networks (POL), is showcasing its latest POL initiatives and the Association’s recent advancements at the BICSI 2018 Fall Conference & Exhibition.

 

“Each year the Association for Passive Optical LAN brings its expertise and market leadership to the BICSI Fall conference with an impressive line-up of events, and this year is no exception,” said Alan Bertsch, Qypsys President and APOLAN Chairman. “Our members include the most innovative movers and shakers in the industry, bringing a breadth of expertise, insight and vision that is a testament to our mission to educate and drive awareness of the superiority of POL.”

 

Time-tested and proven, POL provides the simplicity, scale and bandwidth to address current and future LAN needs, while enabling capital savings and ongoing operational savings compared to traditional copper-based networks. POL is quickly growing as a cost-effective replacement for traditional copper LANs by reducing power, space and cooling requirements, while increasing the longevity of structured cabling.

 

APOLAN’s events at the BICSI Fall Conference reinforce the significant opportunity for POL in the industry. BICSI attendees can learn more about APOLAN membership opportunities, as well as its education and advocacy work Sept. 9-13 at booth #812.

 

BICSI Fall Seminar: The Fundamentals of Passive Optical LAN

Where: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio

When: Sept. 10, 2018 from 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

 

Cabling design, installation and IT professionals attending this seminar will be given fundamental knowledge on the underlying technologies in POL. This will include an overview of the value, architecture and advantages of POL, as well as an in-depth look into design and installation guidelines and specifications for hardware currently available in the industry. The event will also include hands-on exercises on Passive Optical LAN design principles. Attendees will receive six BICSI Continuing Education Credits (CEC) for this one-day event.

 

For more information visit: https://www.bicsi.org/fall/2018/default.aspx?id=9147

 

The Board of Directors Welcomes Two New Members:

 

APOLAN continues to gain traction with the addition of two new board members, Brian Hardy, Executive VP at IT Connect and Paul Mills, Director of Sales for North America at Excel Networking Solutions. These members have taken on leadership positions to share expertise to further generate market opportunity for fiber-based networks.

 

Brian Hardy is the Executive Vice President for ITConnect, bringing more than 25 years of experience in the Services and Information Systems marketplace to his position at APOLAN. Hardy not only builds profitable operations, but also champions highly complex technical endeavors with global impact. He has personally led more than 50 optical LAN installs over the Government, Educational and Hospitality verticals. He is a strong advocate of Optical LANs and thoroughly understands the integration and use cases for successful deployments. Hardy has a tremendous amount of experience in the deployment of various technology management and operations covering all aspects of the OSI model with manufacturers, such as Cisco, HPE, Juniper, Brocade, Palo Alto and Extreme.

 

Paul Mills is the Director of Sales for North America at Excel Networking Solutions. Prior to this work he held management positions with 3M, Anixter and other prominent infrastructure and networking companies. Mills bring more than 20 years of experience in the converged IP industry to APOLAN. His seasoned leadership skills and technical aptitude coupled with an in-depth knowledge of business development expertise makes him an adaptable and innovative management professional. An effective motivator and communicator, Mills works well in challenging environments where resourcefulness and proficiency are required.

 

 

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 helps designers, engineers, architects, building owners, CIOs and IT departments implement and successfully use Passive Optical LAN. For more information, visit http://www.apolanglobal.org/

 

Twitter: @APOLANglobal

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/3625305/

 

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NAGRA’S CLOUD SECURITY STREAMLINES GLOBAL, MULTI-NETWORK, MULTI-DEVICE CONTENT VALUE PROTECTION FOR VODAFONE TV

  • Vodafone Group is the first operator to leverage the full operational flexibility and agility of the new NAGRA cloud.SSP, serving regional operations in Italy, Greece, Spain and New Zealand
  • NAGRA’s next-generation Security Services Platform (SSP) provides a single content value protection system for Vodafone’s converged TV service on multiple networks, including IPTV, hybrid broadcast and OTT
  • The NAGRA SSP streamlines all device use cases by combining the NAGRA Connect converged CAS/DRM client on STBs along with comprehensive multi-DRM support for open devices
  • The NAGRA SSP and Connect client meets all Hollywood studio requirements for Enhanced Content Protection (ECP) and can be delivered via public, private or hybrid cloud.

 

Cheseaux, Switzerland, and Phoenix, AZ – September  4, 2018 – 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 Vodafone, one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies, has selected and deployed the NAGRA Security Services Platform (SSP). The company is using the platform to secure its multi-network TV service, Vodafone TV (VTV), across several countries including Italy, Greece, Spain and New Zealand, with more European and East European countries deployments to follow.

Deployed as a cloud-based, software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution, the NAGRA Security Services Platform enables Vodafone to secure multiple network types – including IPTV, hybrid broadcast and OTT – using a single content protection platform. The NAGRA SSP provides Vodafone with the NAGRA Connect client for converged CAS/DRM content protection, as well as the OpenTV Player to extend the viewing experience securely to portable devices.

“As one of the world’s fastest growing broadband providers, it was critical for us to work with a partner who could deliver a solution specifically designed for converged networks, but one that is also easy to deploy and addresses our need for scale and international reach,” said Nuno Sanches, Head of Product Development, Vodafone. “The NAGRA Security Services Platform and its cloud-based model have helped us achieve that, enabling fast-time-to-market of the VTV service.”

“Advanced multi-network service providers like Vodafone are increasingly looking to rationalize their first-generation architectures by selecting a scalable, modular, cloud-based solution to unify all aspects of their content protection needs, said Thierry Legrand, SVP Sales EMEA, NAGRA. “The NAGRA Security Services Platform allows them to do just that, regardless of which network or device they’re delivering their content to. That simplifies their operations and reduces overheads while still allowing them to meet all relevant Hollywood and sports rights holder requirements for Enhanced Content Protection.”

The NAGRA SSP is a single suite of solutions to address every content protection need. It is also fully modular, providing a seamless and unique environment for managing live/on demand on IPTV, hybrid broadcast, and multi-DRM OTT environments, allowing operators such as Vodafone to manage devices, subscribers, linear TV and on demand products from a single system. It can be delivered to operators as a SaaS model – as is the case with Vodafone – allowing an operator to run as a tenant on a single system, or deployed in a private cloud infrastructure. Above and beyond pure content protection the NAGRA SSP is also offering a broad range of additional security extensions, such as device authentication for open devices and secure session management.

NAGRA Connect is a single, converged CAS/DRM client (supporting NAGRA PRM, the operator-controlled DRM) that enables the multi-network, multi-device, multi-use case reality, helping operators reduce complexity and cost. NAGRA Connect features a unique Adaptive Security concept that pragmatically leverages a wide range of device security infrastructures, making it the perfect tool to progressively innovate an existing service. NAGRA Connect can be implemented on set-top boxes, open devices or connected TVs, and also includes the ability to natively secure Netflix streaming to set-top boxes.

The OpenTV Player provides a consistent and secure service across all major open device platforms (Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android). Integrated with NAGRA PRM as well as all the relevant open device platform DRMs (PlayReady, FairPlay, Widevine) and supported by the NAGRA SSP’s multi-DRM module, OpenTV Player achieves the highest security level across a wide range of operator-controlled and consumers devices.

NAGRA content value protection solutions will be demonstrated on the NAGRA stand, Hall 1.C81, at IBC 2018 in Amsterdam (14-18 September 2018). For more information on NAGRA’s IBC presence, please visit dtv.nagra.com/ibc.

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.

 

Pay-TV Innovation Forum Reveals 2018 Global Findings

 

  • 84 percent of pay-TV executives expect competition for paid-for video services to increase dramatically over the next five years
  • As TV and OTT converge, the pay-TV industry is evolving towards a platform-agnostic model, transitioning into a paid-for video market
  • Service providers are embarking on the next stage of digital transformation and innovation, encompassing accelerated improvements to the product and service portfolio, technology platform, commercial and operating models
  • Top three innovation areas include continued investment in next-generation advanced TV services, more diverse multiscreen propositions and super-aggregration

 

Cheseaux, Switzerland, and Phoenix, Arizona – 29 August 2018 – 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 published the global findings of the 2018  Pay-TV Innovation Forum. In its third year, the programme seeks to identify how innovation is driving opportunities for content owners and service providers around the world as they face a disrupted market. The findings are based on extensive regional research conducted in Europe, North America, with a special focus on the United States, Asia-Pacific and Latin America.

The 2018 programme highlights that 84 percent of pay-TV executives expect competition for paid-for video services to increase dramatically over the next five years. While participants are optimistic they can continue to appeal to paying consumers, an increasing number – 90 percent of executives – believe that pay-TV providers will have to innovate strongly to remain competitive and relevant, up from 85 percent in 2017.

The research highlights how the pay-TV industry is converging towards a platform-agnostic model, and as a result is transitioning into a paid-for-video market, spanning a variety of offerings including standalone OTT and direct-to-consumer services. This shift is another reason why 77 percent of pay-TV executives consider innovation to be one of the top three strategic priorities for the industry.

Content piracy remains a concern, with executives agreeing that the industry is experiencing a significant threat to the longterm sustainability of pay-TV and OTT businesses. 47 percent of 2018 respondents believe that piracy will lead to greater pressures on the industry over the next five years, in line with 2017 findings.

While challenges remain, this year’s research brings into focus the six key innovation areas in the industry:

– Continued investment in next-generation pay-TV services: Most pay-TV providers (65 percent) have improved their portfolios in the last 12 months, primarily focusing on the core pay-TV proposition as they deploy next-generation set-top boxes that support advanced functionalities such as third-party apps, personalised content recommendations, and 4K.

 

– More diverse multiscreen pay-TV propositions: 77 percent of executives surveyed believe that pay-TV bundles will evolve substantially over the next five years, catering to the needs of different customer groups, and 89 percent agree that delivering a seamless and personal consumer experience will be key.

 

– The next wave of aggregation – super aggregators: This model, where companies offer a range of content and services via a single subscription, is seen as a way of simplifying a fragmented marketplace for consumers, while also offering additional growth opportunities for well-established operators.

– Converging pay-TV / OTT offerings: Most traditional pay-TV providers are now looking to offer converged pay-TV/OTT services. As a result, the pay-TV market is transitioning into a paid-for-video market.

– Moving beyond the set-top box: Many industry executives believe that network infrastructure and billing relationships – rather than proprietary set-top boxes – are now the gateway to the customer.

 

– Growing focus on diversification, particularly connectivity: Fixed and mobile broadband services are expected to grow in importance in future as providers pursue bundling strategies to deliver better value and improve stickiness.

“Change is the one constant in the global pay-TV industry, driven by numerous pressures from competitors, pirates and subscribers, making it challenging for service providers and content owners to maintain revenue growth,” said Simon Trudelle, Senior Director, Product Marketing, NAGRA. “It has never been more important to understand new consumer expectations, anticipate future needs and innovate, and this report reflects the way pay-TV service providers around the world are taking the necessary steps to strengthen and grow their product and service portfolios.”

“It is exciting to see a growing number of service providers embarking on the next stage of innovation, encompassing product and service portfolio improvements, alongside advanced technology platforms and new commercial and operating models,” said Jon Watts, Managing Partner, MTM. “By keeping innovation at the core of their strategies and recognising the need to diversify, service providers can continue to compete effectively and grow revenue.”


For a detailed view of the findings, including regional breakdowns and comparisons, download the report here: https://dtv.nagra.com/document-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 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.​

ThinPrint Brings Mobile Printing to VMware Workspace ONE

Workspace ONE customers can now easily and securely manage printing from iOS and Android devices using ThinPrint Mobile Print

 

BERLIN/LAS VEGAS – August 27, 2018 (VMworld 2018 Booth #2007) – ThinPrint, the Endpoint Print Management experts and a VMware Technology Alliance advanced partner, today announced the availability of its secure mobile printing solution, ThinPrint Mobile Print, for VMware Workspace ONE. Customers of Workspace ONE can leverage the solution’s management capabilities to easily open their organization’s printer infrastructure to its mobile users. It provides employees with the ability to seamlessly and securely access all network printers from their iOS and Android devices, fully in accordance with their assigned permissions.

 

ThinPrint’s Mobile Print solution is configured and distributed with VMware Workspace ONE, an intelligent digital workstation platform that delivers apps to a variety of devices, including iPhones, iPads and Android devices. Mobile users can access all network printers in their organization, no matter which printer model or manufacturer is in use. For IT departments, management is very simple. IT admins can easily adopt printer assignments and user rights from the Microsoft Active Directory, and if required, adapt them specifically for mobile use.

 

ThinPrint’s Personal Printing feature is also integrated in the solution for added document security.  It is used to ensure printouts are only outputted when the user authenticates directly at the printer. This feature not only ensures confidential printing of documents, but also significantly reduces printing costs.

 

“Strengthening our cooperation with VMware through ThinPrint Mobile Print is a decisive step in consolidating our leadership of the Endpoint Print Management market.” said Thorsten Hesse, CPO at ThinPrint. “Every VMware Workspace ONE customer can now integrate secure mobile printing processes into their infrastructure based on their Unified Endpoint Management solution – the final component for genuine mobile productivity in many organizations and scenarios.”

 

The ThinPrint VMware Workspace ONE solution is being showcased at VMworld 2018, Booth #2007. Full details about ThinPrint Mobile Print are available at:

www.thinprint.com/mobileprint

 

More information about Workspace ONE integration can be found at: https://www.thinprint.com/en/workspace-one-printing/

 

 

About ThinPrint

ThinPrint, with nearly 20 years of continuous development and internationally-patented ThinPrint technology, is the leading provider of Endpoint Print Management. 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.

 

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ThinPrint Introduces Endpoint Print Management at VMworld 2018

New initiative delivers industry’s first and only solution to fill the hole left by

Unified Endpoint Management systems

 

BERLIN/LAS VEGAS – August 27, 2018 (VMworld 2018 Booth #2007) – ThinPrint today announced its Endpoint Print Management initiative at VMworld 2018. ThinPrint’s Endpoint Print Management can effectively deliver the missing piece to any Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) system by delivering the right solutions to flexibly provision and securely manage printing for any device.

 

Corporate printing often deals with highly-sensitive and timely information. However, due to traditionally complex print mechanisms and UEM systems being conceptually incompatible, professional endpoint management environments do not include efficient and secure management of printing environments.  As a result, too much time is spent manually managing printing through driver installations and unmanaged print servers; while users experience outdated, unreliable, slow and insecure printing.  To fully benefit from UEM, printing needs to be just as centrally manageable as the endpoints and adaptable to each organization’s specific needs.

 

“ThinPrint’s Endpoint Print Management completes any endpoint management strategy, and is the essential interface that keeps users and their digital tools and devices connected to the physical world,” said Henning Volkmer, ThinPrint, Inc. CEO. “A printed document remains a necessity, as it is the easiest to use and most versatile human interface for our digital applications. Endpoint management strategies without consideration for printing are inherently incomplete and will cost organizations significant time and money.”

 

When combined with a UEM solution, ThinPrint enables easy management of how employees print securely and quickly to the right printers, from any device, while delivering full control to an organization. ThinPrint fully supports individual printing requirements for remote and virtual desktops, PCs, Macs and mobile devices. No matter what your UEM solution looks like and which endpoints you are using, ThinPrint’s comprehensive portfolio of products offers a solution to meet all Endpoint Print Management needs. While the ThinPrint Engine, ThinPrint’s flagship product, cares for seamless, accurate, high-speed printing from server-hosted desktops to local endpoints mostly for service providers, ThinPrint’s new range of products fully concentrates on ease the daily work of IT administrators on site.

 

  • ThinPrint Hub is an endpoint print appliance itself that will be manageable via a web console soon and can also manage other endpoints, such as thin clients.
  • ThinPrint Mobile Print is a solution that manages on-premises printing from mobile endpoints and is a perfect fit for endpoint management systems like MobileIron, AirWatch/Workspace ONE and Citrix XenMobile.
  • ezeep Dash manages local printing for endpoints – starting with PCs and Macs – from the cloud.
  • ezeep is a complete cloud printing service for all endpoints like PC, Mac, Chromebook, smartphones and tablets.

 

Endpoint print management solutions can either be deployed as a private cloud or public cloud option and support any endpoints, such as Macs and PCs, Chromebooks, Android, iOS devices or thin clients. ThinPrint eliminates cumbersome driver installations and secures print data while stored or in transit, releasing it only upon authentication at the printer. Endpoint Print Management eliminates the need for costly infrastructure like VPNs and reduces IT cost through automation and user self service. Employees benefit from fast, reliable and secure printing no matter which endpoint they connect from, increasing productivity and reducing help desk cost in organizations of any size.

 

As the first and only provider of Endpoint Print Management, ThinPrint is opening up new cooperation opportunities with its long-standing partners, including VMware, Citrix and Microsoft, as well as new players like BlackBerry, IBM, Ivanti and MobileIron, who all position themselves under the UEM umbrella.

 

For more information about Endpoint Print Management visit www.thinprint.com/endpoint-printmanagement

 

About ThinPrint

ThinPrint, with nearly 20 years of continuous development and internationally-patented ThinPrint technology, is the leading provider of Endpoint Print Management. 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.

 

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