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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NAGRA AT IBC 2018: SMARTLY DIGITAL FOR THE CONVERGED PAY-TV AND OTT ERA

Cheseaux, Switzerland, and Phoenix, AZ – August 24, 2018 – At IBC 2018, NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company and the world’s leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, will demonstrate new propositions and current innovations that address the entire content value chain – from content and service creation to content delivery and consumption. NAGRA’s latest technologies and solutions in end-to-end content value protection, engaging user experiences and smart business operations, will be on display on stand 1.C81 under the theme “Smartly Digital.”

“Pay-TV service providers are at a crossroads between OTT add-on services and true digital transformation, where the lines between pay-TV and OTT are blurring and making way for the ‘post-OTT’ era,” says Ivan Verbesselt, Senior Vice President, Group Marketing, NAGRA. “To grow and thrive, service providers must become ‘smartly digital’ – by embracing cloudification, actively claiming the aggregation role and leveraging data-driven principles to define and evolve their consumer propositions, they can embark on a journey of continuous solution renewal to optimize the next phase of growth in a vastly different competitive landscape.”

NAGRA’s IBC 2018 showcase will feature NAGRA, OpenTV, Conax, NexGuard, and DVnor product lines all under the NAGRA brand. Key demonstration areas include:

  • Content Value Protection: from Origin to Consumption featuring cloud.SSP, the new NAGRA cloud-based Security Service Platform, a true multi-tenant solution that elastically scales and flexibly delivers the latest technologies “as-a-service” to pay-TV operators. New NAGRA featured capabilities also include: comprehensive Android TV security; cloud-based Direct-to-TV security with cloud.TVkey, supported by TVkey 2.0; off-the-shelf and flexible Conax CAS and multi-DRM technologies; and the latest developments in anti-piracy services and watermarking to defeat piracy through active security, including a brand-new client-side watermarking solution for OTT, enabling immediate detection and takedown of illicit restreaming of linear or pay-per-view live sports content.

 

  • Internet TV Evolution highlighting a new customer implementation and the latest features of NAGRA’s OTT user experience platform, OpenTV Signature Edition. The platform actively drives multi-generation audience engagement, active content monetization and continuous service evolution. A new Sports Micro Portal enables the delivery of all sports content in one immersive, operator-controlled environment. OpenTV Signature Edition also integrates an Android TV operator-tier solution, enabling easy on-boarding of apps and SVOD services in a unique and operator-branded user experience on a wide range of devices. Addressing specific multiscreen TV needs, demonstrations will also include the Conax GO Live OTT platform, a turnkey end-to-end OTT solution for streaming live TV to Android and iOS devices with a guaranteed deployment time of less than 30 days.

 

  • Smart Business Operations showcasing cloud-based and “as-a-service” technologies and business models to simplify, personalize and improve pay-TV business operations, including: NAGRA Insight, an AI-driven, pay-TV data platform that enables service providers to improve their bottom line, take control of the data they own and create personalized actions that drive business growth; DVnor Organizer, a cloud-based media asset management and its component, the DVnor Collaborative Player, that simplify VOD content workflows and significantly reduce post-production delivery times to address the challenges service providers face with costs, complexity and video quality; both are integrated with NexGuard watermarking to prevent pre-release content leaks.

NAGRA IBC Events and Happenings:

  • The Pay-TV Innovation Forum’s 2018 global findings provide the backdrop to NAGRA’s IBC showcase. A flagship report will be released ahead of the show. In its third year, the Forum addresses the key opportunities and challenges facing pay-TV service providers and content owners, exploring the winning strategies, technologies, products and services that could help them unlock new growth opportunities and drive innovation in the ‘post-OTT’ era.

 

  • “Television Heroes @ IBC”: NAGRA will host an exclusive thought-leadership and debate session featuring European industry leaders, followed by a networking event, on Friday, September 14 at 6 p.m. It will explore the digital transformation drivers that underpin “Hero Brands”, from new content partnerships to back office technologies to the adoption of client platforms such as Android TV.

 

  • Awards: NAGRA is a finalist in two categories of the 2018 CSI Awards: “Best Content Protection Technology” with the NAGRA Security Services Platform, and “Best TV User Experience – Product Innovation” with OpenTV Signature Edition. Winners will be announced on Friday, September 14 at 4 p.m.

 

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. Follow us on Twitter at and LinkedIn.

 

PAY-TV INNOVATION FORUM REVEALS THE 2018 PRIORITIES FOR ASIA-PACIFIC

Research by NAGRA and MTM highlights the increased focus on industry collaboration to develop the next generation of paid-for video services and combat piracy

Cheseaux, Switzerland – 24 July, 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 revealed emerged findings from the 2018 Asia-Pacific Pay-TV Innovation Forum. In its third year, the research programme seeks to explore the challenges and opportunities facing the industry in a disruptive period.

Executives attending the Singapore event argued that the pay-TV industry in Asia Pacific is experiencing significant challenges, driven by the proliferation of high-quality OTT services and widespread piracy. With consumers in both advanced and emerging countries in the region increasingly choosing streaming services, pay-TV providers expect to see a slowdown in growth and, in some mature markets, a decline in revenue from traditional pay-TV services, while demand for fixed and mobile connectivity services is expected to grow.

Conversely, OTT service providers in the region are becoming more optimistic about growth, with many now focusing on hybrid business models that balance free and paid offerings and rely on marketing partnerships with telcos. However, OTT providers in the region still face challenges – most are not yet breaking even, converting users into paying customers remains challenging, and the market is becoming more crowded and competitive. There are also concerns that recent progress has been driven by telco marketing and bundling initiatives, and may not be sustained in the long-term.

Piracy, fuelled by the widespread availability of illicit streaming devices, continues to be major problem in Asia-Pacific, and is widely seen as a genuine threat to the long-term sustainability of pay-TV and OTT businesses.

Pay-TV executives shared broadly positive yet sometimes reserved views about the growing adoption of Android TV across the region. While it is widely seen as a helpful way to reduce technology costs, open up the platform to partners and developers, provide access to an established app ecosystem, and roll out advanced features, such as voice control, executives noted that larger providers are concerned about giving up control of their platforms.

To adapt to the new competitive landscape, industry executives identified three key priorities for pay-TV providers in Asia-Pacific:

  • Invest in the next generation of paid-for video services: Pay-TV providers need to offer a more diverse range of packages and services at a wider range of price-points and across different devices, leveraging existing pay-TV infrastructure and fixed and mobile broadband networks. Executives also noted that providers will have to address the growing consumer demand for flexible content pricing and packaging, low-cost offerings, a mix of global, regional and local content, and personalised user experiences that are available across multiple devices. This will enable pay-TV providers to compete against new entrants, with some also seeing an opportunity to become the central aggregators of choice, offering a wide range of content presented in an integrated and user-friendly experience.

    Re-think the relationship between pay-TV service providers and content owners:With content owners increasingly selling their assets to a wide range of service providers, the challenge for the pay-TV industry is to defend its value proposition against OTT operators and pirates. To do that, pay-TV providers and content owners need to re-think how they work together and move away from legacy business models to support a more diverse range of products and services, often at more attractive price points. This will involve more flexibility and give-and-take on both sides, as well as a willingness to share risks and rewards. It may also increase the importance of scale, with providers increasingly looking at joint-ventures, pan-regional alliances and mergers and acquisitions to support their businesses in the region.

    Combat streaming piracy:With continued consensus that the industry needs to do more to combat piracy, executives see further opportunities to work together to develop new approaches to monitor, track and stop the distribution of illegal content. By increasing investment in effective technological solutions, supporting anti-piracy initiatives, such as CASBAA’s Coalition Against Piracy (CAP), lobbying to improve legal frameworks and government enforcement, the industry believes that pirates can be effectively tackled. Alongside such activities, executives also argue that the industry can do more to offer affordable and user-friendly legitimate video services that appeal to consumers who currently choose pirate services.

“Asia-Pacific is a complex region for pay-TV, with advanced and emerging markets facing a multitude of challenges that can require specific solutions in each country,“ said Simon Trudelle, Senior Director, Product Marketing, NAGRA. “What is clear is that regardless of their market conditions and subscriber base, all service providers need to re-think how they face these challenges if they are to maintain growth. By working with content owners and third parties, they can effectively combat the dual pronged attack they face from OTT providers and pirates to offer consumers compelling experiences tailored to their individual requirements.”

“Since the Pay-TV Innovation Forum was launched in 2016, the Asia-Pacific pay-TV market has continued to face real challenges,” said Jon Watts, Managing Partner, MTM. “This year, we’ve seen pay-TV service providers taking important steps – to tackle piracy, respond to the rapid growth of OTT, and improve the underlying economics of offering pay-TV services. There’s no doubt that these activities are causing pressures, but it’s encouraging to see the industry investing in innovation, offering more choice and value to consumers, and taking a long-term view. It will be interesting to see whether there’s a drive for consolidation, as we’ve seen in the USA and Europe – especially as pan-regional OTT players continue to gain traction with consumers.”

Download the Asia-Pacific findings brief and visit dtv.nagra.com/paytvif for more information on the Pay-TV Innovation Forum.

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.

About MTM
MTM is a leading international research and strategy consultancy, focused on the media, technology, communications and advertising industries. MTM helps companies understand and respond to digitally-driven change, providing award-winning consumer research and industry analysis, strategic advice and support for organizational change. For more information, please visit www.mtmlondon.com or email info@mtmlondon.com.

APOLAN and Industry Experts Cite Market Traction and Growth Opportunities for Passive Optical LAN

The Association teams up with Gartner, Hanover Research and BSRIA to highlight how the adoption and awareness of POL is exceeding industry expectations

NEW YORK – July 10, 2018 – The Association for Passive Optical LAN (APOLAN), the non-profit organization driving both education and adoption for passive optical local area networks (POL), announced its work with Gartner, Hanover Research and The Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA), to showcase the unprecedented increase in demand and growth opportunities for Passive Optical LAN (POL) in various market segments.

“APOLAN has long been an advocate for promoting the growth and awareness of POL through the success and efforts of our member companies,” said Alan Bertsch, Qypsys President and APOLAN Chairman. “The findings from these industry experts are a true testament to the technical superiority of POL and the industry’s need to digitally transform now to keep pace with network demands of the future.”

The latest BSRIA POL report brings an external and independent view of the global POL market. The research sheds light on the market evolution, the global value of passive and active components as well as insight into several other market segmentations. This includes naming the most significant advantages of POL, which are CAPEX/OPEX savings, the ability to easily scale and be future proof, the highest level of security and up to 90 percent space savings capabilities.

“BSRIA’s 2015 network cabling market brief cited that POL will experience significant growth, gaining market share and awareness in the LAN market, solidifying its position as a disruptive technology,” said Martin Chiesa, BSRIA senior researcher. “Two years later, we have released the third edition of our POL report and found that POL has evolved faster than our most optimistic expectations.”

Hanover Research also found industry perceptions that supported this shift in a recent Passive Optical LAN survey.  According to the report, 88 percent of industry professionals considered POL more appealing than copper-based LANs. Awareness is also on the upswing, as 83 percent of respondents have heard of POL technology, with 44 percent being familiar with details surrounding the technology.

“The findings from the Hanover Research POL survey showcases how the industry perception of POL has evolved very quickly over the last few years,” said John Hoover, Tellabs Senior Product Manager and APOLAN Board member. “The most appealing benefits driving this growth, according to survey participants, are product quality, reliability, longevity and POL’s centralized management capabilities.”

Gartner provides additional insight into the challenges and opportunities POL has to offer in its recent report, “Does Passive Optical LAN Have a Future in Your Access Network?” According to the report synopsis, Passive Optical LAN can be an alternative to the traditional structured cabling and Ethernet network when new LAN cabling infrastructure is needed. Gartner recommends you consider POL to help reduce building construction costs in situations where there is a need to simplify network operations for greenfield deployments, where there is a lack of local IT staff, where there is a need for long cable runs, and when security is the highest priority.

For additional information about the reports listed above visit:

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 Mobile Print is Citrix Ready Verified

The first managed and secure mobile printing solution for businesses verified as Citrix Ready for XenMobile

 

BERLIN/DENVER, June 26, 2018 – ThinPrint today announced that its ThinPrint Mobile Print has been verified as Citrix Ready®. The new ThinPrint Mobile Print is the first managed and secure mobile printing solution for businesses and complements existing unified endpoint management solutions, such as XenMobile, to deliver secure iOS and Android printing. ThinPrint Mobile Print completed a rigorous verification process to ensure compatibility with XenMobile, to provide managed and secure mobile printing on iOS and Android devices.

 

The Citrix Ready program helps customers identify third-party solutions that are recommended to enhance workspace, networking and cloud computing solutions from Citrix.

 

Customers can be confident that ThinPrint Mobile Print has successfully passed a series of tests established by Citrix and can be trusted to work effectively with XenMobile to integrate iOS and Android devices into a company’s existing print infrastructure so that employees can easily access and use all current network printers.

 

Many companies use XenMobile to securely manage all of their devices, including tablets and smartphones. With employees so productive on their mobile devices the need to connect to traditional workflows and print a document quickly arises. ThinPrint Mobile Print software is the solution. It can be integrated into EMM or MDM systems to enable secure mobile printing with iOS and Android devices. Employees can print from iOS and Android apps on their tablets and smartphones to any existing network printer in the enterprise, regardless of which printer models from which manufacturer are in use.

 

For additional security, a pull-printing function included in the license can be activated as required. Printing only starts once the owner of the print job authenticates directly at the printer ensuring that printouts are protected against unauthorized access. Instant Wi-Fi printing rounds off the software’s range of mobile productivity features.

 

“ThinPrint has been a Citrix partner for more than two decades, a strong testament to both companies’ dedication to supporting the secure digital workspace,” said Thorsten Hesse, CPO of ThinPrint.  “The XenMobile and ThinPrint Mobile Print offering clearly demonstrates this ongoing relationship and as a Citrix Ready partner for our new Mobile Print solution, we can continue to deliver the highest quality experience for our customers.”

 

“ThinPrint has been an ongoing Citrix Ready partner and the addition of Mobile Print to its portfolio of solutions will allow our customers greater flexibility to print from their mobile devices,” said John Panagulias, director, Citrix Ready, at Citrix. “The Citrix Ready Program makes it easier for customers to select the most suitable solutions that are tested and verified to be compatible with Citrix technology.”

 

A free demo version of ThinPrint Mobile Print is available at www.thinprint.com/mobileprint.

 

The apps for iPhones and iPads are available in the AppStore and for Android devices in the Google Play store.

 

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. 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-aService, and Software-as-a-Service providers deliver reliable, high-performance printing from the cloud to their customers all due to ThinPrint. The investment in ThinPrint leads to a fast ROI because the easy-to-implement and manage print system reduces the burden on IT departments, results in significant performance improvements to the network while ensuring optimal, reliable print support at every workplace. ThinPrint 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 Brazil, 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 terminals, print boxes and thin client of leading hardware manufacturers. Special significance is placed on the strategic partnerships of the company with Citrix Systems, Fujitsu, Fuji Xerox, Hewlett-Packard, IGEL, Konica Minolta, Kyocera Mita, Lexmark, Microsoft, OKI, Samsung, VMware, and Wyse.

 

NAGRA and MTM Unveil the North American Findings of the 2018 Pay-TV Innovation Forum

Top priorities include managing the roll out of a more diverse range of video products, unlocking the full potential of advanced TV advertising, transforming the end-to-end customer experience, leveraging customer data, investing smartly in infrastructure and combating streaming piracy

Cheseaux, Switzerland, and Phoenix, AZJune 20, 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 revealed emerged findings from the 2018 North American Pay-TV Innovation Forum. In its third year, the research program brings together leading pay-TV and TV network executives to explore the challenges and opportunities facing the industry.

Executives attending the New York event agreed that the industry faces significant challenges, as pricing pressures intensify and subscriber losses from traditional pay-TV services accelerate. With consumers migrating to skinny bundles and SVOD services, the pay-TV industry is becoming more diverse, with a broader range of paid-for video services competing for consumer spend. However, virtual MVPD offerings remain challenging for the industry, with low margins and limited differentiation.

As a result, major pay-TV businesses are committed to diversification, with broadband and other services compensating for declining revenues from pay-TV services. This decline in pay-TV revenues creates challenges for cable networks and other programmers, pushing content owners to look for new monetization opportunities, notably in direct-to-consumer offerings and advanced advertising services.

Although strategies are diverse, participating industry executives identified five important priorities for pay-TV service providers:

  • Managing the roll out of a more diverse range of video products: MVPDs are transitioning from selling big channel bundles to retailing multiple smaller content packages, such as skinny bundles and direct-to-consumer services. However, neither the existing pay-TV business model nor the contractual agreements with content owners were set up to support this transition, and, as a result, will need to be adapted to offer the flexibility increasingly demanded by consumers. At the same time, as the competitive landscape becomes increasingly fragmented, industry executives see a major opportunity for existing MVPDs to offer a user-friendly re-aggregation of an increasingly complex range of content and services.
  • Unlocking the full potential of advanced TV advertising across the industry: As pay-TV subscription revenues decline, executives are focusing more heavily on expanding their advertising businesses. MVPDs are exploring new partnerships with cable networks to sell a higher share of their ad inventory available on MVPD platforms and are leveraging their direct access to customers and their data to offer addressable TV advertising and bring new advertisers to TV.
  • Transforming the end-to-end customer experience: As it is increasingly difficult to differentiate pay-TV services based on content or price, customer experience is widely seen as a major priority for companies looking to deliver a successful next-generation pay-TV service. As new digital video services raise the bar for customer experience , service providers must work hard to deliver more user-friendly, personalized, and interactive experiences, spanning all customer touchpoints.
  • Leveraging customer data: Advanced data, analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) are an important area for investment and development, presenting opportunities to improve operations and deliver efficiencies across pay-TV businesses. For example, advanced data, analytics and AI can help automate and improve customer service, deliver more relevant advertising, personalize content recommendations, and help companies understand the full value of their content portfolio.
  • Investing smartly in infrastructure and technology: As competition intensifies, it will be more important than ever to optimise infrastructure and technology investments, to ensure the delivery of great products and services while reducing risks and costs. Key priorities in this area include rolling out fiber and 5G networks, transitioning to IP-based technology, and leveraging consumer devices for video service delivery, as network infrastructure and billing relationships – rather than proprietary set-top boxes – become the gateway to the customer.

Additionally, some industry participants expressed concerns that the growing importance of IP-based content distribution may lead to an increased prevalence of streaming piracy. To respond to the growing threat of piracy, industry participants will have to develop innovative anti-piracy approaches, develop more affordable premium content services, and continue educating consumers about piracy. The growing trend of password-sharing among OTT service users is also seen as a concern. However, many North American pay-TV providers believe they are making progress in tackling the challenges the industry faces.

“While the North American pay-TV industry is experiencing a challenging transitional period with barriers to entry falling and competition growing, it remains the most innovative in the world,” said Simon Trudelle, Senior Director, Product Marketing, NAGRA. “This is why industry executives are optimistic about their ability to remain competitive and grow overall revenues through a more diverse product and service offering, with pay-TV at the core of this success.”

“Despite the challenges and disruption facing the US industry, pay-TV providers in the region are taking significant steps to adapt to the new competitive landscape,” said Jon Watts, Managing Partner, MTM. “There is a long way to go and some important challenges still to resolve, such as strengthening the economics of the new virtual MVPD services and unlocking the wider potential of advanced advertising and addressability. However, these issues are clearly front of mind for many US executives – and there are encouraging signs of a growing willingness to collaborate and partner across the industry.”

Download the North American findings brief and visit dtv.nagra.com/paytvif for more information on the Pay-TV Innovation Forum.

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 SUITE POWERS NEW OTT SERVICE FOR TAIWAN BROADBAND COMMUNICATIONS

  • NAGRA’s OpenTV Suite selected to power TBC’s new OTT service, TBC GO
  • Both cable and broadband TBC customers will have “on-the-go” access to live TV and to more advanced features later this year

Cheseaux, Switzerland – June 6, 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 it is providing a new OTT platform for Taiwan Broadband Communications (TBC), one of the leading multi-system cable operators in Taiwan. Powered by NAGRA’s OpenTV Suite, TBC’s new OTT service – TBC GO – will give consumers “on-the-go” access to live TV on open devices and to more advanced features such as VOD. TBC GO is expected to be commercially available to TBC subscribers in June 2018.

 

“NAGRA has been a key partner since 2015 in helping us roll out our newly digitized platform and enable new services like our OTT platform,” said Jimmy Chen, Chief Executive Officer, TBC. “Their tightly integrated solutions provide fast time-to-market and their team is committed to our success. We look forward to introducing it to all of our subscribers in the next few months.”

 

“We are excited to support TBC as they leverage their digital platform to enjoy all the benefits that OTT has to offer and deliver more compelling services to their customers,” said Stéphane Le Dréau, Senior Vice President Sales & Services APAC at NAGRA. “This latest service launch highlights TBC’s commitment to their customers by extending their access both inside and outside the home. With the OpenTV Suite, TBC has an OTT solution that is widely used by operators around the world and gives them a launchpad for new services and extended monetization opportunities.”

 

The OpenTV Suite is a set of tightly integrated and optimized TV components – OpenTV Experience, OpenTV Platform, OpenTV OS and OpenTV Player ­– designed to facilitate and simplify access to digital media content on multiple viewing devices and deliver clear operational advantages of deployment speed, performance, service innovation, scalability and monetization.

 

NAGRA OpenTV solution will be demonstrated on the NAGRA stand, 1J2-01, at ConnecTechAsia /CommunicAsia 2018 in Singapore (26-28 June 2018).

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 owners and DTV service providers 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.