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  • Second edition of Pay-TV Innovation Forum aims to help pay-TV providers, the studios and content owners alike improve their growth prospects and collaborative opportunities
  • Global research programme seeks to identify the next generation of services in a variety of areas ranging from OTT to VR, Big Data to advanced analytics, content protection to the Internet of Things
  • Activities to encompass global analysis of pay-TV service provider product and service portfolios, in-depth interviews and surveys, regional seminar series and a flagship final report to be presented at IBC 2017


CHESEAUX, Switzerland and LONDON, UK – March 23, 2017 – How will leading pay-TV service providers respond to changing consumer demand and expectations? How can advanced data and analytics enable pay-TV service providers to better serve their customers? What growth prospects lie ahead and how can pay-TV service providers, content owners and the studios work together to best leverage opportunities?

NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company and the world’s leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, in collaboration with MTM, a leading international research and strategy consultancy, will address these questions and more at a special launch presentation to kick off the 2017 Pay-TV Innovation Forum at TV Connect in London on Wednesday, March 29 at 12.30p.m.

“Building on the success of and research from the inaugural edition of the 2016 Pay-TV Innovation Forum, we are excited to present the next chapter of this ambitious programme designed to give service providers a comprehensive set of resources they can leverage to continue to innovate and grow,” said Simon Trudelle, Senior Director of Product Marketing for NAGRA. “The 2017 programme will provide deeper insight into specific topics such as OTT TV, VR, Big Data and analytics, content protection and IoT, while expanding its scope to the studios and content owners. We look forward to sharing more details about our initial research findings and the 2017 programme at TV Connect.”

“We are excited to partner with NAGRA once again to explore the next-generation innovation opportunities for pay-TV service providers around the world, expanding on the findings from the 2016 programme,” said Jon Watts, Managing Partner, MTM. “In a time of unprecedented disruption in our industry, the 2017 edition will go beyond the topics covered last year and explore how service providers’ investments in technology are evolving, identify best practices, and outline key success factors. In addition, by inviting studios and content owners to take part in this year’s Forum, we will seek to encourage active discussions and collaboration among all the key players in the pay-TV innovation ecosystem.”

The 2017 programme will run from March to September 2017 and include a global analysis of pay-TV service provider product and service portfolios, in-depth interviews and surveys with leading industry participants, and a series of regional seminars in the United States, Europe and Asia. A flagship final report, summarising the key findings from the programme, will be launched at IBC in September 2017. The programme will cover key topics such as:

  • The growth and development of OTT including new direct-to-consumer offerings, pay-TV provider OTT services, and new video offerings from major internet businesses like Facebook and Google;
  • The development of mobile-first and VR offerings, as part of the pay-TV ecosystem;
  • The changing nature of piracy, exploring new developments across the industry;
  • The changing pay-TV consumer experience and the nature of consumer demand;
  • The impact of public and private cloud and virtualisation on the development, management and distribution of pay-TV services.

Launched in 2016 by NAGRA and MTM, the Pay-TV Innovation Forum is a global research initiative for senior pay-TV executives, designed to explore and catalyse innovation across the pay-TV industry. For more information on the 2017 edition and key programme dates, please visit the Pay-TV Innovation Forum website.



NAGRA, the digital TV division of the Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S), provides security and multiscreen user experience solutions for the monetization of digital media. The company offers content providers and DTV operators worldwide with secure, open, integrated platforms and applications over broadcast, broadband and mobile platforms, enabling compelling and personalized viewing experiences. Please visit 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.

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Media Contacts:


Ivan Schnider

Marketing Communications, NAGRA

+41 21 732 09 40


Christine Oury

Marketing Communications, NAGRA

+1 415 962 5433


Jon Watts

Managing Partner, MTM

+44 20 7395 7510

STC and Net Insight rollout Live HD TV Broadcast Network

Saudi Broadcasting Corp leverages STC MPLS network for more flexible and dynamic broadcast media contribution and distribution network

 Stockholm, Sweden – Net Insight, the leading provider of media transport and resource scheduling, today announced the ongoing implementation of a future-proof high capacity nationwide broadcast media network for Saudi Telecommunications Company (STC). Advanced Communication and Electronics Systems (ACES), Net Insight’s Saudi Arabian partner, is deploying the network for TV and radio broadcast media contribution and distribution for the Saudi Broadcasting Corporation (SBC).

The network from Net Insight will utilize STC’s underlying Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) infrastructure and effectively provide a modern broadcast media network, where any broadcast media service, transported in any video or audio encoding, can be set up quickly and dynamically between sites, enabling SBC to create new and highly efficient workflows.

The new broadcast media network also helps to meet SBC’s need for higher video quality, through Net Insight’s industry leading, low latency JPEG2000 compression for production and contribution feeds, while MPEG will be used for distribution feeds. The network will initially be deployed for high-definition (HD) content, however it has the capability to scale up to 4K and 8K in the future. For digital audio interconnection, the network supports the AES/EBU and MADI standards. An integral part of the contracted solution is a complete range of professional services providing expertise in planning, designing and implementing the high quality network.

“This is a market making application of technology and will change the way broadcasters cover live events and the broadcast media engineering sector in general. Essentially, our network is almost everywhere, meaning that SBC or any broadcaster who has an agreement with them can generate a live feed from anywhere in the country. Separately, this also means that broadcast media signals will be ingested IP first from their source, meaning TV audiences will have access to amazing new viewing experiences,” said Dr. Tarig M. Enaya, STC Separately Senior Vice President of Enterprise.

“Our impact and presence in the Middle-East and across a number of other geographies across the world is growing,” said Fredrik Tumegård, CEO of Net Insight. “Partnerships and deployments such as the STC implementation shine a strong light on the pathway for telcos in the region to migrate further towards a more agile, on-demand, infrastructure that the entire broadcasting world is moving towards, where network capacity can be booked and services can provisioned instantly and automatically. This is the first stage in that journey.”

The implementation is carried out through local network engineering company ACES, Net Insight’s partner in Saudi Arabia, supported by Net Insight’s professional services team. ACES is also providing managed services of the new network.

“STC’s network is now more robust and provides far greater flexibility in delivering high quality media at both a lower cost and in a reliable manner, which are key goals for the company,” said Dr. Akram Aburas, CEO of ACES.

Deliveries were made and revenues were taken in the second and third quarter of 2016.

For further information, please contact:
Fredrik Tumegård, CEO of Net Insight, +46 8 685 04 00, 

About Net Insight

Net Insight’s vision is to enable a live and interactive media experience for anyone on earth. Our aim is to lead progress and enable a global media marketplace where live content can be exchanged and interaction among TV audiences can take place in real-time. We want to create the media experience of the future, centered on content.

Net Insight delivers products, software and services for effective, high-quality media transport, coupled with the effective management of resources, all, which creates an enhanced TV experience. Net Insight’s offerings span across the entire media spectrum, starting from TV cameras and TV studios, right through to the TV consumers. Our solutions benefit network operators, and TV and production companies, by lowering total cost of ownership, improving their workflow efficiencies and providing them with the ability to capture new business opportunities.

More than 500 world-class customers run mission critical media services using Net Insight’s solutions, covering more than 60 countries worldwide. Net Insight is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm.

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About STC

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About SBC

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About ACES

ACES is a Saudi Arabia based EPC contractor and a system integration company. Established in 1994, ACES is a closed joint stock company playing a pivotal role in building Broadcasting, Critical Communications, Energy, Integrated Security Systems and ICT infrastructure in the MENA region. 

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