NAGRA secures Sky Italia’s new retail DVB-T pay-TV service

NAGRA broadcast and direct-to-TV content protection technologies secure set-top box and CAM module retail offering for pay-TV operator

Cheseaux, Switzerland, and Phoenix (AZ), USA – October 25 , 2018 – NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company and the world’s leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, and Sky Italia, the Italian digital satellite television platform owned by Sky plc., have launched a new DVB-T pay-TV service secured by NAGRA’s broadcast and direct-toTV content protection technologies.

The new terrestrial service is available on Sky Italia DVB-T set-top boxes and Conditional Access Modules (CAM) for digital TVs, available for sale on the Italian retail market with an exclusive offer that contains four channels of entertainment, eight cinema and series channels, and sports channels featuring premium sports content including Serie A football, UEFA Champions League and Europa League, Formula One auto racing and MotoGP Grand Prix motorcycle racing.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to work with Sky Italia and have them benefit from our retail expertise in pay-TV,” said Carlo Stramaglia, Vice President Sales, Italy, at NAGRA.  “NAGRA technologies are best-of-breed when it comes to broadcast and direct-to-TV security for premium content addressing virtually any business requirement while providing robust content protection. We look forward to supporting them in this new venture.”

NAGRA’s broadcast content protection technology leverages the NAGRA Broadcast Headend security platform to enable advanced broadcast business models and a full portfolio of security features which are the cornerstones of premium broadcast TV. It is both flexible and scalable, and delivers best-of-breed hardware-based security for virtually any business requirement and withstand the most advanced attacks. Integrated with NAGRA content protection and relying on the DVB CI and CI Plus standards, CAM modules enable pay-TV operators to deliver premium 4K Ultra HD content directly to integrated TV sets (iDTV) through broadcast or broadband IP network without a set-top box.

 

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.

DIMOCO and EnergyBet Partner to Bring Carrier Billing to Untapped iGaming Market

Carrier billing enables the quickest and easiest payment option for today’s mobile gambling consumer

 

VIENNA and MALTA – 30 January 2017 – DIMOCO Carrier Billing and EnergyBet today announced their partnership to provide the vast iGaming sector the same easy payment opportunity that many other digital entertainment industries already thrive on.

 

The partnership between EnergyBet, the award-winning sportsbook and casino operator, and DIMOCO, a leading payment institute for carrier billing, enables online gambling customers to tap into carrier billing to experience the easiest and most efficient mobile payment option. Players can use smart phones, tablets, laptops, PCs and connected TVs, securely identified via their carrier networks, to instantaneously participate in the iGaming experience.

 

Carrier billing offers an unmatched convenience and customer satisfaction compared to traditional payment methods, such as credit or debit cards. The result is a significant increase in customer retention and conversion rates for providers, such as EnergyBet. Leveraging DIMOCO’s direct billing connectivity to the major telecoms networks, such as Vodafone, 02, EE and Three, EnergyBet will gain billing reach to more than 70m UK mobile numbers, in a market worth more than £4.6bn, according to the UK Gambling Commission.

 

Players are shifting to an increasingly mobile world, consuming a wide range of digital services, such as iGaming, on their mobile devices. The online gaming customer is not typically sitting at his laptop or PC, but rather walking down the road to place a bet at their local betting shop, while accessing their mobile device. This partnership provides users with a simple, hassle-free and quick payment option that everybody literally already holds in their hands.

 

Consumers are likely to be already familiar with the concept of carrier billing. It is one of the top three payment methods at Facebook, providing the recognition factor with a large swathe of any gambling operator’s potential audience. This payment option brings significant opportunity to service providers, including EnergyBet, due to the direct connectivity to the billing platforms of the major telecoms networks.

 

“DIMOCO’s extensive European presence and FinTech philosophy position the company at the forefront of mobile technology,” said Marcin Sapinski, CEO of EnergyBet. “DIMOCO is the natural partner to further enhance EnergyBet’s market position as the innovative and award-winning sportsbook.”

 

“After two years of European-wide development, DIMOCO is officially activating carrier billing within the iGaming industry, with only the locally regulated iGaming operators having the opportunity to take advantage of this payment method,” said Rafal Nowak, program director, iGaming at DIMOCO. “We selected 10 markets for initial tests with the most innovative iGaming operators and decided to kick-off our initiative in the homeland of online gambling – the UK. With EnergyBet as our inaugural partner, this is the first time carrier billing will be integrated and activated with a serious international iGaming operator and licensed in multiple territories across Europe.”