Conax delivers Montecable’s MC GO Live OTT service in Uruguay

  • Long-term Conax customer Montecable extends its service portfolio by launching an OTT multiscreen service for Android and iOS devices
  • The new service combines live TV channels with popular OTT services from HBO GO, Fox Play and ESPN Play
  • Launch marks first Conax delivery of Conax GO Live end-to-end OTT solution in Latin America
  • The new service is secured by Conax Contego Multi-DRM, working seamlessly with existing Conax Contego conditional access

Oslo, Norway, March 28, 2018: Conax, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD:S) company and a leader in total service protection for pay-TV and digital entertainment services worldwide, announces first Latin-American deployment of Conax GO Live secure OTT multiscreen solution by Uruguay leading cable pay-TV operator Montecable.

Since December 2017, Montecable is offering MC GO Live, a multiscreen OTT service enabling its subscribers to watch the best live TV channels and the most popular “play services” anywhere in Uruguay on their iOS or Android mobile devices. Montecable MC GO Live offers start-over, catch-up and trick-play with full Electronic Program Guide functionality on live TV channels enabling a 24/7 service always providing something worth watching. To increase convenience, Montecable customers also have access to HBO GO, Fox Play and ESPN Play through MC GO Live. Currently, the MC GO Live service is offered free-of-charge to Montecable’s cable-TV customers subscribing to the operator’s High Definition channel packages.

Pierre Roy, EVP and CMO of the Kudelski Group, said: “Conax has been very active in promoting OTT as a tool for pay-TV operators to keep consumers satisfied and to generate new revenues. Montecable has taken a wise decision to enhance their customer experience with a versatile OTT solution, which extends our collaboration well into the future.”

Fabiana Orlotti, CEO of Montecable, added: “After making the decision to launch our OTT service, we wanted to move fast, while keeping high standards on quality, reliability and content security. Conax GO Live OTT solution was a perfect fit, enabling us to launch a selection of our best live-TV channels effortlessly on iOS and Android devices using the multi-DRM feature of our existing Conax Contego security platform.”

Conax enables the new Montecable MC GO Live service by pre-integrating best-of-breed partner technology with Conax Contego security platform to create an end-to-end OTT solution, ready to deploy in less than 30 days. Conax GO Live includes a content management system, analytics and white-label apps on iOS and Android devices. Conax Contego works as a unified content security platform which handles both CAS and multi-DRM management from one back-end, significantly simplifying Montecable content security operations. Additional system integration for the project was delivered by regional partner Bold MSS.

Conax Contego is a highly flexible platform that can handle service providers’ content security needs for all distribution technologies, consumer devices and security clients. With Contego, Conax can deliver a full content security ecosystem covering set-top-box chipset requirements, guidance on network and system architecture, security evaluations of consumer devices, to a wide selection of services to support growth and to guarantee sustainable pay-TV business. Conax Contego can be deployed on-site, from private or public cloud, managed by the pay-TV operator or as a fully Conax-managed service.

Conax GO Live end-to-end OTT solution will be demonstrated on the Conax stand, SU3424, at NAB 2018 in Las Vegas (9-12 April 2018).

 

 

About Conax

Conax is a leading global specialist in total service protection for digital TV and entertainment services via broadcast, broadband and connected devices. Based on the Conax Contego content security platform, Conax offers modular, fast time-to-market solutions enabling easy entry into a world of secure OTT multiscreen, multi-DRM and IPTV content delivery. Conax technology is approved for premium 4K/UHD content delivery to a wide range of devices over new hybrid network combinations. A Kudelski Group company (SIX:KUD:S), headquartered in Oslo, Norway, Conax protects content revenues for 425 operators in 85 countries globally. For more information, please visit www.conax.com and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube to join the conversation.

Conax media contact

Elisabeth Nordang
Corporate Marketing Director
Mob: +47 9580 6457
Email: Elisabeth.Nordang@conax.com

 

About Montecable

Montecable was founded in 1995 with the aim of offering a new form of entertainment: cable television for subscribers. A pioneer in Uruguay, Montecable has made a large investment in infrastructure to cover almost the entire Montevideo region. At the forefront of technology advancement, Montecable were the first in Latin America to start the digitalization process. This allowed us to expand our content offering with superior quality of audio and video. With the desire to innovate, state-of-the-art technology was incorporated in 2009 to launch High Definition (HD) services. Adapting to new technologies, trying to satisfy the needs of customers in tune with the latest television consumption trends and with our permanent commitment to innovation, Montecable MC GO Live was launched in December 2017.

NAGRA AND MTM LAUNCH THE 2018 PAY-TV INNOVATION FORUM, FOCUSING ON NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR PAY-TV PROVIDERS AND CONTENT OWNERS

  • The third edition of the Pay-TV Innovation Forum aims to help pay-TV providers and content owners identify opportunities and catalyse collaboration and innovation

 

  • Global research programme will explore new business models and distribution strategies in the OTT era, as well as new technologies, such as voice, analytics, and AI, VR, Smart Home solutions and more

 

  • Activities will include a global analysis of pay-TV service provider product and service portfolios, a wide range of in-depth interviews and surveys with industry experts, regional executive seminars and a flagship final report to be presented at IBC 2018

 

CHESEAUX, Switzerland and LONDON, UK – March 13, 2018 – 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, today announces the launch of the 2018 Pay-TV Innovation Forum.

In its third year, the programme will look to address some of the key opportunities and challenges facing pay-TV service providers and content owners. It will explore how pay-TV businesses must transform themselves in the OTT era, which technologies, products and services could help unlock new growth opportunities in a disrupted TV industry, and where service providers and content owners can establish closer collaboration to drive innovation across the industry.

“Building on the success of and research from the first two editions of the Pay-TV Innovation Forum, we are excited to present the third season of this ambitious programme that is designed to provide service providers and content owners with a holistic view of new opportunities and strategies they can pursue to innovate and continue growing,” said Simon Trudelle, Senior Director of Product Marketing for NAGRA. “The 2018 programme will dive into specific innovation areas such business models and distribution strategies, advanced TV services and OTT applications, and related new technologies – voice, analytics and AI, VR, Smart Home solutions and more. We look forward to sharing more insights from our research throughout 2018.”

“We’re excited to be partnering again with NAGRA to explore the next-generation of innovation opportunities for pay-TV service providers and content owners around the world, building on the findings from the first two years of the programme,” said Jon Watts, Managing Partner, MTM. “With disruption and competition intensifying, pay-TV industry participants need to think carefully about new strategies, business models, product portfolios, and technologies that will help them maintain and grow their business. Our themes this year include making skinny bundling work and business transformation, hugely important for the industry. By engaging in an active industry-wide discussion, we are looking to encourage new ways of collaborating and innovating across the industry.”

The 2018 programme will run from March to September 2018 and will include a global analysis of pay-TV service provider product and service portfolios, a wide range of in-depth interviews and surveys with leading industry participants, and a series of regional seminars kicking off in the U.K. on March 19th, followed by Singapore and the United States. A flagship final report, summarising the key findings from the programme, will be launched at IBC in September 2018.

Following a consultation with pay-TV and content industry executives at the start of 2018, this year’s programme will cover key topics including:

  • Convergence of pay-TV and OTT services and what that means for businesses and consumers
  • Changing consumer expectations and the future of content distribution and user experience
  • Advancements in analytics, big data and AI, allowing pay-TV providers to better serve their customers
  • Changing nature of piracy and new approaches to content protection in a multiplatform world
  • New business models and strategies that will drive the next phase of growth for the industry

Launched in 2016 by NAGRA and MTM, the Pay-TV Innovation Forum is a major international initiative that seeks to explore and catalyse innovation and growth across the pay-TV industry, at a time of unprecedented change and disruption. For more information on the 2018 edition and key programme dates, please visit the Pay-TV Innovation Forum website.

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 operators worldwide with secure, open, 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.

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ThinPrint Offers Secure GDPR-Compliant Pull Printing for Service Providers

Personal Printing 4.0 introduces self-registration to enable cloud vendors to easily offer fully-secure, maintenance-free printing to customers ahead of the GDPR deadline

 

(BERLIN/DENVER, March 13, 2018) ThinPrint, the experts in optimizing printing processes in virtual environments, announced the release of Personal Printing 4.0 today. The new version of the pull printing solution allows service providers to offer their DaaS and SaaS customers secure printing with user authentication integrated directly at the printer. This special feature empowers users to easily register themselves at any printer with any smartcard, token or other transponder, such as an employee ID card, credit card, public transport card or fitness club card. This means Personal Printing can be used with any network printer from any manufacturer. The service provider does not have to be on site to set up users and no special cards are required. User-authenticated printing allows organizations to comply with the requirements of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and avoid severe penalties when it becomes binding at the end of May.

 

More and more companies are accessing industry-specific apps or complete desktops from the cloud. This produces challenges for service providers, as equipment such as printers are usually managed by customers themselves. Despite this, customers expect that all employees have access to the right printers from the cloud. An added threat, which the EU’s GDPR is focused on, includes confidential printing, as personal data is often accessible in the printer’s tray.

 

Personal Printing 4.0 solves all of these challenges in one fell swoop. Self-registration makes it easier than ever to roll out secure printing with virtually any network printer that customers already have in use. Once the service provider activates the Personal Printing feature for their customer, employees can log on to the ThinPrint Release Station using any transponder. After the card is scanned, a document is printed with a code specially generated for the employee. This code allows the user to register for Personal Printing. The setup process is then complete. If employees want to print the documents, they simply select the Personal Printing printer. If they authenticate with their self-registered cards or tokens at the printer of their choice, the individual employee’s printout is then released. These steps ensure confidentially is maintained and printed documents will not fall into the wrong hands. ThinPrint shows just how easy self-registration for GDPR-compliant printing is in a 1 ½-minute video: https://www.thinprint.com/en/resource/self-registration-gdpr-compliant-printing

 

“This is by far the simplest way service providers can provide their customers with secure printing” said Thorsten Hesse, CPO at ThinPrint. “And all without a VPN thanks to the ThinPrint Secure Tunnel technology. The outstanding sales benefit of this solution is that service providers can transform confidential printing from a necessary evil into an actively marketable added value right on time for GDPR.”

 

Personal Printing works in all common DaaS environments including Citrix, Microsoft, VMware, Parallels and others.

 

Personal Printing and the ThinPrint Release Station are available with special SaaS contracts, where monthly billing is based on actual demand. Further information is available at: http://www.thinprint.com/personalprinting and https://www.thinprint.com/en/feature-tour/printing-for-service-providers/

 

 

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.

 

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Cortado Server 9.0 Enhances Features for Secure Management of Mobile Productivity

The new version of the enterprise mobility solution addresses the growing demand for secure productivity

 

(BERLIN/DENVER, March 9, 2018) Cortado Mobile Solutions today announces a new version of its enterprise mobility solution, Cortado Server 9.0. The latest version comes with numerous security and productivity improvements. The solution now supports macOS as well as Windows systems and opens its productivity apps to other MDM manufacturers.  

 

In light of the EU’s new general data protection regulation (GDPR) and similar regulations around the world, the management of mobile devices plays a central role in data privacy. It is often thought that mobile devices are potential sources of danger, however they also lay the foundation for new, far more flexible and above all, cost-saving business processes. That is why it is Cortado’s goal to continue to seamlessly combine productivity and security. Cortado Server 9.0 combines MDM, MAM and MCM functions to offer a range of important, customer-based requirements have been implemented, such as:

 

Management of macOS computers, including printing and file access

In addition to iPhones and iPads, users can now manage all macOS computers through Cortado Server. Beyond central management, this latest version also manages printer assignments and enables easy access to the company’s file server via the web app – whether users are on the go or in the workplace.

 

Samsung Knox support and extended Android Enterprise support

With the support of Samsung Knox, Cortado offers an alternative to Android Enterprise, whose support is even better facilitated by Cortado with this release. For Android Enterprise, the work-managed device solution set for COBO scenarios (Company Owned, Business Only) is now also supported.

 

Enhanced features for iOS 11 

iOS 11 was supported from day one, but now users can access the extended features, as the iOS app has been fully updated.

 

Feature enhancements for virtual data rooms 

Cortado Server 9.0 further enhances Cortado’s highly secure, on-premises virtual data rooms. Within these virtual data rooms, users can easily and securely share and edit files, even with external employees.

 

In addition to all these new features, Cortado Server 9,0 complements other MDM systems with additional productivity features. The Cortado apps can now be managed either by Cortado Server itself or by other MDM systems, such as MobileIron or AirWatch.

 

“We live in a dynamic market environment and don’t want to place artificial barriers in the way of our customers,” said Sven Huschke, CEO at Cortado Mobile Solutions. “If you want to offer your employees mobile productivity, you can do so completely with our mobility solution. Companies that already have an MDM in place, such as MobileIron or AirWatch, can leverage our file access or mobile printing solutions to significantly increase their productivity.”

 

Discover more at: https://www.cortado.com/en/version-9/

This press release and images can be found at: https://press.cortado.com

Cortado Mobile Solutions

Cortado Mobile Solutions GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cortado Holding AG, and is responsible for all operations relating to the enterprise mobility solution Cortado Corporate Server. The unique enterprise mobility solution offers the perfect balance between security for the organization, easy manageability for the IT department and maximum flexibility for users.

The on-premises software includes all the tools required for successful enterprise mobility; mobile device management, mobile application management and mobile content management, and can be fully integrated into the Windows backend. IT administrators continue to work with their known systems, Active Directory groups and Windows privileges, and users can access network drives, SharePoint and intranet pages directly from their mobile devices.

Cortado Mobile Solutions follows the philosophy that working natively delivers the highest levels of user acceptance. So Cortado’s enterprise mobility solution fully supports native app management and instead of focusing on separate storage when it comes to file sharing, enables a direct connection to the corporate network. The result is a significant increase in productivity for mobile employees, improved collaboration among teams as well as convenient management for the IT department. Cortado’s enterprise mobility solution is developed and tested at its headquarters in Berlin, Germany. Also, experts in offices in the United States, UK, Australia, Japan, and Brazil, highly qualified consultants at our Berlin location as well as a trained, worldwide network of channel partners provide presence and support to local customers throughout the world.

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