NAGRA secures United Group’s New 4K Android TV platform

  • NAGRA’s Conax content protection solutions secure United Group’s EON,
    the first 4K Android TV hybrid deployment in the Balkans
  • Leverages Conax cardless, Conax Contego unified security head-end and multi-DRM solutions
  • EON gives consumers access to TV channels, advanced features as well as Android TV services and applications

Cheseaux-sur-Lauisanne, Switzerland, and Phoenix (AZ), USA – December 4 , 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 securing EON, the latest video service launched by United Group, the leading telecoms and media provider in South East Europe, in four markets: Serbia (SBB), Slovenia (Telemach), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Telemach), and Montenegro (Telemach).

Developed by United Cloud, United Groups’ innovation center, the EON platform is the first 4K Android TV hybrid deployment in the Balkans. EON offers the option of scrolling back programs up to 7 days, more than 12,500 titles of local and foreign films and series within Video Club, as well as Formula One and La Liga coverage in 4K and a variety of advanced functions. Subscribers have access to YouTube, Google Play Music, Google Play Movies & TV, download and play games from Google Play Games, as well as thousands of other apps from the Google Play Store.

“EON brings together television content and the services and application as delivered by Android TV making any TV a smart TV,” said Victoriya Boklag, CEO and VP Marketing and Media of United Group. “To ensure a successful launch and a seamless platform, we needed the right partners. In content protection, the ability to support an Android TV deployment including multi-DRM security on all devices was key and NAGRA’s line of Conax solutions perfectly met our requirements.”

“We congratulate United Group on the launch of EON and the delivery of advanced features and services to their subscribers,” said Thierry Legrand, SVP Sales EMEA at NAGRA. “Our Conax content protection solutions are the perfect fit for EON and enabled United Group to deploy their platform quickly while ensuring the integrity of the platform and its content. We look forward to working with United Group as they continue to develop EON and future services.”

Conax cardless solution is based on the highly flexible, robust Conax Contego unified security back-end. Part of the NAGRA content protection portfolio of advanced and off-the-shelf security solutions, 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.

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.

 

About United Group

United Group is the leading multi-play telecoms and media provider in South East Europe, providing customers with a full range of telecommunications services. It has the broadest network coverage in the region and offers customers an unrivalled selection of content, from local offerings to the best selection from across the globe. United Group consists of SBB (the

leading cable operator in Serbia), Telemach Slovenia (the leading cable operator and the fastest growing mobile operator in Slovenia), Telemach Bosnia and Herzegovina (the leading cable operator in Bosnia and Herzegovina), United Media (the leading content business, as well as advertising sales business), United Cloud (R&D Center) and other businesses including NetTV Plus (a leading provider of telecom services over the internet). The Group also provides services using a number of ancillary brands resulting from its growth across the region.

NAGRA and NOS step up the fight against broadcast and streaming piracy of Benfica soccer league matches in Portugal

  • NAGRA Anti-Piracy Services will help NOS and BenficaTV combat illegal broadcasting and streaming of Benfica Club soccer games, in Portugal and abroad, for the 2018/2019 season
  • NOS will benefit from NAGRA’s extensive portfolio of anti-piracy services including monitoring, takedowns, legal and investigative support
  • With this agreement NAGRA solidifies its position as leading player in the protection of live sports content from all forms of piracy

Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland, and Phoenix (AZ), USA, November 27, 2018 – NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company and the world’s leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, and NOS, Portugal’s leading communications and entertainment company, are stepping up the fight against broadcast and streaming piracy of Benfica soccer league matches. NOS, which owns the rights to Benfica games and the distribution rights for the Benfica TV channel, will leverage NAGRA Anti-Piracy Services to fight broadcast piracy – also known as control-word sharing – and streaming piracy of Benfica content across the web, social media and illegal IPTV services.

“Our goal at NOS is always to provide our subscribers with the highest quality content and the best viewing experience and this is especially important with live sports events such as the Benfica soccer games,” said José Pascoal, Service Platforms Senior Director at NOS. “In order to continue serving our customers in the best way possible, we need to preserve the value we deliver to consumers and ensure that this premium content is only delivered through the legitimate value chain. NAGRA Anti-Piracy Services were the natural choice to help us deliver on that objective.” 

“We’re delighted to support NOS and BenficaTV as they ramp up the fight against live sports piracy in Portugal and we will be with them every step of the way,” said Jean-Philippe Plantevin, Vice President, Anti-Piracy at NAGRA. “By complementing their existing NAGRA content protection technology with our anti-piracy services, NOS can now take a holistic approach to fighting piracy working through a single entity that will not only address the growing threat of streaming piracy but also continue to fight control-word sharing piracy in the region.”

NAGRA Anti-Piracy Services help service providers, content owners and sports rights holders improve their defence against all forms of piracy – from open and highly visible piracy on the internet and social media, to control-word sharing and illegal commercial IPTV piracy services – by combining deep intelligence about global pirate networks with real-time monitoring, takedown and litigation services, on-the-ground expertise and forensic watermarking technologies.

Join NAGRA at the SportsPro OTT Summit in Madrid on November 28-29. In the session “Protecting premium live sports from streaming piracy” on November 28 at 16:00, Simon Trudelle, Senior Director Product Marketing, along with other panellists, will address how rights holders and broadcasters can protect their streams and prosper in the new OTT economy, and to what extent the challenge of monitoring streaming activity and protecting copyrighted sports content has grown more complex.

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.

NEXGUARD FORENSIC WATERMARKING INTEGRATED WITH AMAZON CLOUDFRONT CDN

Combined solution offers an efficient and scalable way to fight illegal distribution of video content from streaming services

Cheseaux, Switzerland, and Phoenix, AZ – November 19, 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 its NexGuard watermarking solution has been integrated with the Amazon Cloudfront Content Delivery Network (CDN). The combined solution was commercially deployed by a major Hollywood studio, enabling the content owner to stream its video content to viewers across the world in an efficient and highly scalable way, while securing robust security and traceability of its premium assets.

“We’re excited to expand our usage of Amazon Web Services and provide the added layer of security and traceability now required by content owners for the protection of premium content in pre-release and direct-to-consumer scenarios,” said Harrie Tholen, VP Sales, NAGRA Anti-Piracy & NexGuard. “With Cloudfront and its Lambda@Edge component, NAGRA is able to offer session-based forensic watermarking to content owners in a highly scalable and secure way. Using secure processing at the edge, we can now service millions of users across the world with a reduction in end-to-end latency.”

The solution enables session-based watermarking when streaming content to any device (PC, tablet, connected TV, game console, etc.) without requiring any change in the player applications. NexGuard watermarking leverages streaming technology to create a unique watermark for each session on live and file-based video streams, empowering service providers to fight illegal redistribution of their content. It supports Apple® HLS, MPEG-DASH and all popular DRM methods, including NAGRA PRM. NAGRA also offers anti-piracy monitoring and cloud-based watermark detection services to identify and stop pirate sources in near real-time.

About NAGRA

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

 

10ZiG and ThinPrint enter into technology partnership for high-performance printing with virtual desktops

An integrated ThinPrint Client and the ThinPrint Hub provide high-performance printing for 10ZiG Thin Clients in VDI & server-based computing environments – with or without a print server

DENVER and BERLIN, November 6, 2018 –– 10ZiG Technology, a world leader in Thin and Zero Client endpoints for desktop virtualization, and ThinPrint, provider of the world’s leading print management software of the same name, have entered into an OEM partnership. As part of the cooperation, the ThinPrint Client has been integrated into 10ZiG Thin Clients for fast, high-performance printing. 10ZiG Zero Clients can also print plug and play securely and quickly with the ThinPrint Hub, even when using a print server.

The use of Thin Clients and Zero Clients has invaluable benefits for companies with Citrix, VMware, Parallels and Microsoft RDS environments. However, using print servers is difficult because they are often not able to send the data directly to the Thin and Zero Clients. Thanks to the integration of the ThinPrint Client, 10ZiG Thin Clients can now – even when using a print server – use ThinPrint functions for print data compression, tracking, and encryption. With the ThinPrint Hub’s plug and play capability, fast and secure zero-client printing to network printers is guaranteed. Print data can be transmitted compressed to the printer via a separate, encrypted secure tunnel. The management of the print infrastructure takes place centrally in a console.

“We are delighted to have renowned VDI endpoint manufacturer 10ZiG on board,” said Thorsten Hesse, CPO of ThinPrint GmbH. “10ZiG devices are an excellent fit with our philosophy of making productive work as easy and convenient as possible for IT admins and users. 10ZiG Thin and Zero Clients, as well as the ThinPrint Hub, can be started up with plug and play even by laypeople and then remotely managed by the experts in a convenient, centralized console. This opens up enormous optimization and savings potential.”

“Printing is still part of our customers’ daily work. This partnership with ThinPrint enables our customers to make both their network and their printing infrastructure efficient, high-performance, and cost-effective, leading to an even more complete end-to-end VDI solution” said Kevin Greenway, CTO of 10ZiG Technology.

A list of 10ZiG clients with integrated ThinPrint Client is available at: https://www.thinprint.com/en/resources-support/supported-devices/devices-integrated-thinprint-clients/

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-a-Service, 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, Konica Minolta, Kyocera Mita, Lexmark, Microsoft, OKI, Samsung and VMware.

About 10ZiG Technology®

10ZiG Technology is a world-market leader in Thin Client & Zero Client endpoint devices for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. 10ZiG provides leading Intel and AMD based Dual and Quad Core Thin Clients and Zero Clients for Citrix (HDX, HDX Premium, HDX 3D Pro), VMware PCoIP & Blast Extreme, and Microsoft environments, as well as the widest range of Teradici PCoIP Zero Clients on the market. 10ZiG offers free, no-obligation demo devices, Technical Support teams based in the U.S. and U.K., and provides “The 10ZiG Manager” endpoint management console with cloud capabilities completely free with unlimited user licenses supported. Get a free evaluation device today at www.10ZiG.com.

APOLAN Unveils Top Five Factors Driving Passive Optical LAN Adoption

The Association for Passive Optical LAN shares the top considerations to ensure a secure, cost-effective and performance-driven network for long-term business success

 

NEW YORK – October 30, 2018 – The Association for Passive Optical LAN (APOLAN), the non-profit organization driving both education and adoption for passive optical local area networks (POL), today released the findings of its APOLAN member survey, naming the top five factors that are driving the adoption of POL. These factors play a significant role in streamlining organizations’ smart building digital transformation strategies aimed to keep pace with the latest technology demands, such as IoT and mobility applications.

“As organizations focus on technological strategy decisions for 2019, smart building digital transformation remains one the most important conversations taking place in the hospitality, education, enterprise, government and building/architecture markets,” said Alan Bertsch, Qypsys president and APOLAN chairman. “Leveraging the expertise of our APOLAN membership companies, we identified the following factors that decision makers must consider when re-evaluating their network backbone technology options to ensure both short- and long-term network success.”

  1. Cloud: While classic LANs were originally designed to carry traffic between computers in a building or campus, today’s LAN must connect users to their software as-a-service (SaaS) applications running in the cloud. Unlike legacy systems, POL extends broadband Internet to LAN users by providing a superior connection experience to SaaS applications.
  1. Investment Protection: Cost is always a key consideration when determining the best technology and investment strategy. A lower-cost, future-ready medium, fiber LAN provides utility and ROI for many decades beyond what is feasible with copper LAN cabling. With less equipment and lower energy and cooling needs, POL is simpler to deploy and to maintain, delivering greater CapEx and OpEx savings. It also eliminates the need for telecom closets, enabling organizations to convert this extra space into more revenue-generating areas.
  1. Mobile Connectivity: Today’s advances in Wi-Fi, such as 802.11ax, not only carry more traffic than ever before, but also require networks to support a large number of users in a small area. Driven by this user demand and the significant influx of IoT applications, areas must also accommodate a growing number of connected devices, with each expected to guarantee superior accessibility. POL is an ideal match for these high-density scenarios as its level of connectivity meets the growing demand for mobile services and wireless technologies, and enables integration with a facility or campus wireless network infrastructure, including Wi-Fi and DAS, to ensure optimal results.
  1. Network Convergence: Organizations struggle to ensure scalability that accommodates changing bandwidth needs, as well as availability that keeps business going with no unplanned interruptions. POL’s ability to converge all services on one network provides unparalleled speed, reliability and future-proof scalability.
  2. Security: Protecting valuable data and assets is a growing concern for many organizations. The good news is POL reduces network points of vulnerability and has a proven track record of improving security for military agencies and government facilities. Unlike copper-based LANs, POL is not susceptible to electromagnetic interference, making it impossible to tap. In addition, it uses a centralized element management interface, which results in a reduction of human errors, and therefore, better security when performing everyday network configuration changes.

APOLAN members are among the most innovative players in the market in shaping the future of network connectivity. The survey was open to all Association members to provide insights into the key network and technology trends and topics relevant to today’s evolving market. For information visit http://www.apolanglobal.org/.

About The Association for Passive Optical LAN (APOLAN)

The Association for Passive Optical LAN is a non-profit organization that is driving adoption and educating the market about the technical and economic advantages of passive optical LAN technology. Through its membership, which is comprised of manufacturers, distributors, integrators and consulting companies actively involved in the marketplace, the Association 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 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.