NAGRA and Samsung launch TVkey Cloud Internet-based Smart TV security for premium pay-TV

  • TVkey Cloud brings pay-TV services directly to Internet-connected Smart TVs without the need for any external device
  • TVkey Cloud enables instant service activation via the TV screen using a customized operator user interface based on standard HbbTV middleware and builds on the TVkey foundation for Enhanced Content Protection

Cheseaux, Switzerland, and Phoenix, Arizona – September 14, 2018 – NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company and the world’s leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, with Samsung Electronics, the market leader in home entertainment for over ten years, today announced the launch of TVkey Cloud, the next generation Enhanced Content Protection for Smart TVs equipped with market-proven TVkey hardware based root of trust.

 

TVkey Cloud builds upon the existing TVkey specification deployed in the market today. While the TVkey system using external USB dongles is the reference for “one way” broadcast pay-TV solutions, the increased availability of Internet-connected Smart TVs opens up exciting new possibilities to combine the security capabilities of the TVkey embedded hardware in the TV with sophisticated security management systems in the cloud.

 

TVkey Cloud is open to a wide ecosystem of industry players, including conditional access vendors and TV manufacturers, and complies with MovieLabs requirements for Enhanced Content Protection of 4K Ultra HD, HDR, and early release content. Samsung will launch the first TVkey Cloud in its 2019 lineup of Smart TVs.

“With TVkey Cloud, we are enabling impulse purchase of pay-TV content on any Samsung Smart TV without requiring any additional hardware, lowering the subscription costs and removing entry barriers,” said Maurice Van Riek, SVP Content and Asset Security for NAGRA. “Consumers will be able to activate their pay-TV services instantly as part of the initial TV set-up, making it even easier than ever to access pay-TV services and enjoy their favorite programming on their new Samsung TV set. At the same time, it enables a no-CAPEX business model that gives service providers a cost-optimized path to a premium service.”

All new TVkey Cloud Smart TVs are fully compatible with TVkey USB dongles and will for the first time, allow consumers to immediately access premium broadcast content on their new Smart TV through a TV app with the ease of access as the established OTT service providers.

NAGRA’s IBC 2018 showcase will feature the complete line of NAGRA content value protection solutions and include the TVkey product line, NAGRA Anti-Piracy Services, and NexGuard watermarking, on stand, 1.C81, from September 14-18, 2018. For more information on NAGRA’s IBC presence, please visit dtv.nagra.com/ibc.

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.

OpenTV Signature Edition enriches the Android TV user experience with world’s first multi-journey content discovery

Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland, and Phoenix (AZ), USA – September 14, 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 comprehensive support for Android TV with an end-to-end user experience ecosystem.

“Operating within an end-to-end TV framework like OpenTV Signature Edition, an Android TV-based solution offers pay-TV operators a compelling TV experience that engages consumers and drives active content monetization,” adds Holger Ippach, Senior Vice President, User Experience Product Unit for NAGRA. “We have been successfully embracing Android for mobile devices and tablets for years, and now with support for Android TV, we can help our customers benefit from everything it has to offer.”

Leveraging NAGRA’s comprehensive multi-device and multi-network service, device and app protection technologies, OpenTV Signature Edition, NAGRA’s ready-to-deploy, always evolved OTT TV ecosystem, offers an end-to-end solution framework that enables effective content and service monetization with Android TV.

OpenTV Signature Edition is designed to maximize content value, while optimizing the experience – not just for the viewer but also in deployment and operations. It delivers a unified, intuitive and seamless user experience across all screens through the world’s first multi-journey user interface that elegantly blends both traditional and modern navigation paths to linear and on-demand content, translating today’s fragmented content landscape into a unified and gratifying viewing experience.

NAGRA’s IBC 2018 showcase will feature the complete line of NAGRA user experience solutions and include OpenTV Signature Edition, on stand, 1.C81, from September 14-18, 2018. For more information on NAGRA’s IBC presence, please visit dtv.nagra.com/ibc.

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 takes Android TV security to the next level with end-to-end content value protection ecosystem

Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland, and Phoenix (AZ), USA – September 13, 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 comprehensive support for Android TV with an end-to-end content value protection ecosystem.

Following a strong track record of successful Android TV deployments, including Euskaltel in Spain, Canal Digital in Norway, Linknet in Indonesia and SkyLife in Korea all benefiting from its advanced content security solution, NAGRA has now expanded the support for Android TV by leveraging its comprehensive end-to-end Content Value Protection ecosystem all driven from cloud.SSP, its cloud-enabled Security Services Platform.

“We have deployed secure Android multiscreen solutions for several years. NAGRA Connect’s unique capability to elegantly and pragmatically adapt to the device security infrastructure makes it a natural fit for the inherently diverse Android device ecosystem,” says Maurice Van Riek, Senior Vice President Content and Asset Security for NAGRA. “Today, service providers planning an Android TV deployment can leverage NAGRA’s complete, end-to-end ecosystem to guard against any type of threat and vulnerability.”

NAGRA Connect, the award-winning converged CAS/DRM client solution for connected set-top boxes and smart televisions, protecting broadcast, IPTV and operator-controlled OTT, leverages a unique adaptive security paradigm to protect any content, on any network and any device. NAGRA Connect complies with MovieLabs’ Enhanced Content Protection (ECP) requirements for 4K Ultra HD content and leverages the MediaCAS API to elegantly blend into the Android TV client ecosystem, a feature broadly supported across the security clients of NAGRA and Conax product lines.

Combining NAGRA CONNECT’s multi-device, multi-network service, device and app protection technologies, NexGuard’s Hollywood-approved forensic marking techniques and a comprehensive suite of anti-piracy services, the cloud-enabled NAGRA Security Services Platform provides the industry’s most complete and robust security framework, including multi-DRM support, for service providers and content owners. It enables them to protect, mark, monitor and act against pirates to defend their revenues against theft.

NAGRA’s anti-piracy services address the entire intelligence-monitoring-identification-reaction flow and utilize scalable automated online detection powered by advanced forensic marking technologies and backed up by an extensive range of legal and technical shutdown mechanisms to quickly and decisively react to broadly protect the pay-TV service provider’s business.

When all these technologies and services are used together, NAGRA offers a holistic system that provides the ultimate protection for a TV service against loss of revenue and brand reputation, enriching the Android TV ecosystem with the highest level of content security in the market.

NAGRA’s IBC 2018 showcase will feature the complete line of NAGRA content value protection solutions and include the NAGRA Anti-Piracy Services and NexGuard watermarking, on stand, 1.C81, from September 14-18, 2018. For more information on NAGRA’s IBC presence, please visit dtv.nagra.com/ibc.

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 Conax Contego content protection supports Cignal TV’s strong momentum in the Philippines

  • Cignal TV Inc., the number one pay-TV provider in the Philippines, reaches two million subscribers
  • Cignal TV deployed Conax cardless content protection in September 2015 for complete protection of new SD, HD and hybrid services

Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland, and Phoenix (AZ), USA – September 13, 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 that Cignal TV Inc., the leading pay-TV provider in the Philippines, has reached two million subscribers. Cignal TVs next generation platform delivers multiple format TV and hybrid services on a range of set-top-boxes.

“A pay-TV service can only be successful if its content assets are secure,” said Jane Basas, CEO of Cignal TV.” When we first launched our new platform, we chose Conax technologies because we were confident they would deliver – and they did not disappoint. Now, just two years later, we have reached the two million subscriber mark, and could not be more excited for what’s to come. We wish to thank the Conax and now NAGRA teams for their ongoing support and commitment to our growth and success.”

“We congratulate Cignal TV in reaching a significant milestone and one that demonstrates the growing popularity of its service and content with viewers in the Philippines,” said Stéphane Le Dréau, SVP Sales APAC at NAGRA. “We are also proud to be the content security provider for those services and ensure the continued integrity and growth of the Cignal TV service for years to come.”

Cignal TV deployed the Conax cardless solution based on the highly flexible, robust Conax Contego unified security back-end. 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. Both Conax solutions are now part of the NAGRA content protection portfolio of advanced and off-the-shelf security solutions.

NAGRA’s IBC 2018 showcase will feature the complete line of NAGRA content value protection solutions and include the Conax product line, NAGRA Anti-Piracy Services, and NexGuard watermarking, on stand, 1.C81, from September 14-18, 2018. For more information on NAGRA’s IBC presence, please visit dtv.nagra.com/ibc.

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.

 

ThinPrint Cloud Services Unveils Perfect Printing Solution for Coworking Spaces and Universities

The latest ezeep update ensures automatic printing to any authorized printer without admins having to get involved

 

DENVER and BERLIN, September 13, 2018 ThinPrint Cloud Services, a subsidiary of the endpoint print management expert ThinPrint, today released the newest version of ezeep, the leading printing solution for coworking spaces and universities. RFID-based printing is now fully integrated into ezeep, making it the ideal solution in markets where users share multiple printers. In addition to this highly user-friendly set up, the new updates eliminate the need for IT administrators to spend time on printer assignments or printer driver management.

 

Printing in coworking spaces or universities has historically been challenging for both users and IT administrators. Users are tasked with selecting and gaining access to the correct printer and clicking through widely-varying user interfaces, while admins are burdened with assigning the correct printers to the users, as well as managing printer drivers.

 

The new version of ezeep eliminates the need for users to have to choose among several printers on a list. Instead, they simply select the virtual ezeep printer, go to the printer they find most convenient and initiate the printout by holding any RFID card against the RFID scanner connected to it. A fitness club ID can be used just as easily as an employee or library card. The only requirement being that the card must be RFID-enabled. In addition to simplifying the process, ezeep now ensures unauthorized persons cannot accidentally or intentionally take a printout from the printer.

 

On the management side, ezeep enables IT administrators to no longer have to assign printers to users, need to know which users work near which printer or which device they prefer to print from. Due to one cloud-based printer driver, there is no need to install and update printer drivers for each machine or device.

 

“One printer driver, no printer assignment, no clicking through countless printer properties… printing with ezeep is incredibly easy – both for administrators and users,” said Christoph Hammer, CEO of ThinPrint Cloud Services Inc. “This comes with other benefits, such as avoiding

 

unnecessary and expensive uncollected printouts and the certainty that printouts can never fall into the wrong hands at the printer. This is a highly-valuable advantage, especially in institutions such as coworking spaces or universities with many users.”

 

The ezeep cloud-based printing solution with RFID-based printing can be tested free of charge and without any obligation for 30 days and 10 users, including free support from the ezeep team. Alternatively, interested parties can get a first impression of the solution with a demo interface.

 

Additional information can be found on the ThinPrint Cloud Services press page at https://press.thinprintcloud.com/en

 

A free 30-day demo account for 10 users can be set up easily at: https://www.ezeep.com/demo/

 

 

About ThinPrint Cloud Services, Inc.

ThinPrint Cloud Services, Inc. is a subsidiary of ThinPrint, the leading provider of print management software and services for businesses. We focus on providing cloud enabled print and print management solutions to individuals, coworking spaces, educational institutions and other organizations.

 

With ezeep and ezeep Dash, our customers drastically reduce the administration of their print infrastructure and print users by leaving all the time intensive tasks to us. In addition, they benefit from advanced features like print quotas, automated per-page billing, secure release printing, Wi-Fi printing to any printer from mobile devices, remote printing and self-service portals.For more information, please visit: www.ezeep.com.

 

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NAGRA LAUNCHES NEXGUARD QUICKMARK WATERMARKING SOLUTION TO COMBAT PIRACY OF PREMIUM LIVE SPORTS

QuickMark subscriber-level watermarking solution now offered

globally as part of NAGRA’s powerful suite of Anti-Piracy Services

Cheseaux, Switzerland, and Phoenix, AZ – September 10, 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 the launch of NexGuard QuickMark, a subscriber-level watermarking solution to fight piracy of premium live sports on open devices.

 

While premium live sports are a key growth driver for legitimate pay-TV service providers, they are also a fast-growing target for pirates who are starting to use open client devices, such as laptops and tablets, as a video source for their pirate services. In this new and growing piracy environment, legitimate service providers require effective anti-piracy solutions and tools, and subscriber-level watermarking is recognized as highly effective, when combined with a secure player.

“The key to combatting OTT piracy of live sport events is to identify its source and shut it down quickly,” said Harrie Tholen, VP of Sales, NAGRA Anti-Piracy & NexGuard NAGRA. “NexGuard QuickMark is a watermarking solution for open client devices, that, when combined with a secure player, gives service providers and content owners the ability to detect which subscriber is re-streaming their live sports event and put a stop to it in real-time. It’s a must-have in their anti-piracy toolset.”

 

NexGuard QuickMark complements the existing NexGuard watermarking solution for set-top-boxes and is part of NAGRA’s suite of anti-piracy services. Its detection capabilities enable near real-time identification of the subscriber at the source of the piracy and the appropriate action to stop it. Using state-of-the-art content identification technologies such as real-time fingerprinting, NAGRA can capture pirate streams from the internet, social media and illicit streaming devices, and feed them into the QuickMark detection platform via an automated interface. As a dynamic client-side solution, NexGuard QuickMark does not require any modifications to the encoding, DRM or CDN systems.

 

NexGuard QuickMark enables a highly secure and robust implementation. It is integrated with the NAGRA OpenTV Player, a secure player for the delivery of premium content services on open client devices, and other third-party players. NexGuard QuickMark will be available to premium sports service providers in late 2018.

 

NAGRA Anti-Piracy Services, NexGuard watermarking and content value protection solutions will be on display on NAGRA stand, 1.C81, at IBC 2018 in Amsterdam, from September 14-18, 2018. For more information on NAGRA’s IBC presence, please visit dtv.nagra.com/ibc.

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.