NAGRA and PT LinkNet in Indonesia extend content protection partnership to cardless hybrid Android TV service

  • NAGRA Protect cardless content protection solution to secure the operator’s pay-TV service on new hybrid broadcast/OTT cable set-top boxes
  • Solution enables the operator’s transition from a card-based to cardless system providing the highest level of security

Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland, and Phoenix (AZ), USA, April 23, 2019 – 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 PT LinkNet, a leading provider of cable television and high speed broadband internet services in Indonesia, has selected NAGRA Protect cardless content protection technology to secure its new hybrid broadcast and Android TV-based OTT service.

“As a longstanding partner to LinkNet, NAGRA was the natural choice when the time came to evolve our platform to a cardless system,” said Desmond POON, Chief Product and Technology Officer, LinkNet. “This transition enables us to seamlessly deliver new services to our subscribers, by combining the best of our broadcast cable platform and the best of an Android TV OTT service.”

“We’re excited to extend our partnership with LinkNet and help them evolve their systems to a cardless platform fit for hybrid Android TV deployments,” said Stephane Le Dreau, Senior Vice President Sales & Services APAC at NAGRA. “With the NAGRA Protect, they are able to benefit from a proven security solution that enables them to address the new needs of their customer base and extend their TV services to any screen while giving them the peace of mind that their premium content remains secure on any device, including Android TV.”

NAGRA Protect supports the transition from card-based to cardless systems. It provides an unprecedented level of security for a software-based solution, leveraging either NAGRA NOCS (NAGRA on-chip security) or chipset Trusted Execution Environments (TEEs). NAGRA Protect adheres to MovieLabs requirements for Enhanced Content Protection for distributing 4K/HDR or early-release content. NAGRA Protect has the largest certified system-on-chip (SOC) and set-top box partner network enabling more freedom of choice for service providers when selecting the chip and set-top box that best fits their needs.


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 for more information and follow us on Twitter at @nagrakudelski.

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ATSC 3.0 Takes Over Vegas During NAB

A Tool To ‘Seamlessly Enable’ ATSC 3.0 Video Services

NAGRA, BitRouter and Harmonic to Demonstrate Solution for Broadcasters at NAB Show to Seamlessly Enable ATSC 3.0 Video Services

  • New end-to-end solution to showcase how broadcasters can enable ATSC 3.0 reception and monetization of content for connected and non-connected ATSC 3.0 receivers
  • Joint product delivers the most flexible way to upsell consumers migrating to ATSC 3.0 and seamless reach for broadcasters across the ASTC 3.0 footprint

Cheseaux, Switzerland, and Phoenix, AZ – April 8, 2019 – At the NAB Show, NAGRA, BitRouter and Harmonic will demonstrate a new solution that provides broadcasters and device manufacturers with the most flexible way to prepare for the launch of the new ATSC 3.0 Next Generation Broadcast Standard and related video services on both connected and unconnected ATSC 3.0 devices.

The product on display will demonstrate the end-to-end solution that integrates NAGRA content protection technologies,  the BitRouter ATSC 3.0 receiver stack and the Harmonic Packager XOS for live OTT streaming.  The integration of these various technologies enable an addressable solution to monetize ATSC 3.0 services and upsell consumers migrating to ATSC 3.0. It also features a unique purchasing capability using existing mobile communication channels along with ATSC OTA and broadband-IP transmission.

“NAGRA is committed to helping U.S. broadcasters prepare for the launch of ATSC 3.0 with best-of-breed solutions and partners,” said Tom Wirth, SVP Americas at NAGRA. “The solution we are demonstrating together  makes great strides in enabling new services and monetization opportunities for the next gen market. We have a long history of success ensuring premium content is protected and secure, and ATSC 3.0 will be no exception. While security is the starting point, we are also looking to future opportunities, such as broadcasting to moving vehicles for both entertainment and telematics, IoT, analytics and hybrid business devices and services that broadcasters might want to deploy.”

“BitRouter’s ATSC3pak middleware and ATSC3pro turnkey set-top box and gateway solution provided an ideal platform to quickly integrate NAGRA’s content protection technology,” said Gopal Miglani, President and Founder of BitRouter. “ATSC3pro provides an open UI SDK. BitRouter deployed its ATSC 1.0 middleware in over 30 million receivers with 14 different SoC platforms. We are committed to bring the same robustness and portability to the ATSC 3.0 receiver market.”

“As our industry embarks on this ATSC 3.0 journey, new linear TV consumption models that use content protection are a top priority for broadcasters,” said Jean Macher, Director of Broadcast Market Development at Harmonic. “The solution proposed by NAGRA, Harmonic and BitRouter is addressing both connected and non-connected ATSC 3.0 receivers for maximum monetization opportunity. We are excited to work with our longtime partner NAGRA on this breakthrough protection technology.”  Additionally, set-top box and TV manufacturers will have access to the complete NAGRA and BitRouter Software Development Kit (SDK)  to enable the development of turnkey ATSC 3.0-ready reception devices.


The solution will be on display at NAB Show, April 8-11, 2019 at the BitRouter booth located in the #N1831 in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.


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 for more information and follow us on Twitter at @nagrakudelski.

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APOLAN Names the Top Trends Driving Passive Optical LAN Adoption for Next-Generation Smart Buildings

Passive Optical LAN is the key to future-ready, cost-effective digital transformations in smart environments

NEW YORK – April 3, 2019 – The Association for Passive Optical LAN (APOLAN), the non-profit organization driving both education and adoption for Passive Optical Local Area Networks (POL), today announced the top five trends driving the replacement of copper-based networks with Passive Optical LAN to meet 21st century smart building demands.

Across the globe, POL is a vital component for smart buildings and smart campuses to enable the various communication and analyzation systems that supply data and optimize building performance. With POL in place, management and operations, as well as end-users, can take advantage of these valued services while being sustainable, secure, safe, reliable and resilient. According to the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), around the globe, the smart buildings technology market will explode 16.1 percent over the next five years from a 2018 market size of $30.5 billion.

“A smart building can be thought of as an ecosystem, a dynamic entity with many devices of varying age that need to communicate and depend on each other,” said Mario Blandini, Marketing Committee Chair, APOLAN. “If a smart building’s ecosystem was the human body, Passive Optical LAN would be the the central nervous system, transmiting vast amounts of data with seamless connectivity and communiations, regardless of the various components in the network.”

Below are the top five trends APOLAN has determined as the driving factors for POL:

The Cloud: With most environments moving to the cloud and servers in buildings no longer common place, demands for SaaS environments are increasing. A classic copper-based LAN cannot keep pace as it was designed to carry traffic between computers in a building or campus. POL environements, on the other hand, can easily accommodate this shift by reliably connecting users to their SaaS applications running in the cloud.

Data Growth: The growth of 4K video is one example of how data growth is pushing the limits of traditional infrastructure. With the future predicted to bring continued growth in traditional business data use, and even greater growth in sensor data, fiber is the 21st century media for LAN. Passive Optical LAN enables capacity growth at a fraction of the equipment and cabling required with classic LAN architectures, which also decreases both OPEX and CAPEX.

IoT on the Rise: Smart buildings are defined by sensors, devices and systems in the building connected to the LAN to operate more efficiently. However, classic LAN technology from the 20th century was never designed to support a network robust enough to stay ahead of the increasing device growth.

The Density Demand: Advances in WiFi like 802.11ax carry more traffic and support a large number of users and devices in a smaller area. While each user may have several connected devices and be surrounded by IoT devices, each user still expects to have fast accesssability. As the number of device and sensors in a building increases, density will be an issue for tradtional copper-based LANs.

Investment Protection: Passive Optical LAN has proven to deliver CAPEX and OPEX savings beyond that of a traditional copper-based LAN. More impressive is that the investment made today will deliver benefits for decades to come.  No matter what technology advancements or demands arise 30 years from now, POL will be in place to accommodate them.  Copper-networks, however, will not be able to withstand the test of time without significant – and costly – upgrades. 

From hospitality, education, government and healthcare, to corporate environments, POL allows buildings and campuses to achieve improved efficiency at a lower cost, and supports green buildings and more efficient spaces by providing a future-proof and high-speed infrastructure to keep pace with today and tomorrow’s technology demands.  More information about POL and smart buildings can found in the recent “Smart Buildings, Smart Networks” webinar, which can be accessed here.  For additional information about POL, please visit

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 hopes to help designers, engineers, architects, building owners, CIOs and IT departments implement and successfully use passive optical LAN. For more information, visit


ThinPrint Names Christoph Hammer Senior Vice President of its Cloud Business

(BERLIN/DENVER, April 2, 2019) – ThinPrint, provider of the world’s leading print management software, announced its appointment of Christoph Hammer as Senior Vice President of Cloud Services.

As a veteran in the virtualization space and a former CEO of ezeep, Hammer was the natural choice for the leader of ThinPrint’s cloud printing sector moving forward.  “Since the acquisition of ezeep in 2015, Christoph Hammer has developed the solution into the leading cloud printing platform for co-working spaces,” says Charlotte Kuenzell, CEO of ThinPrint Inc. “This step not only highlights the importance of the ezeep product line for ThinPrint, but also emphasizes how much of a priority our cloud printing solutions are for us.”

ThinPrint is planning a wide-ranged expansion of its ezeep cloud printing offerings. “The closer cooperation and access to ThinPrint’s technology product line, currently serving over a million users globally, will allow ezeep to quickly expand its offerings beyond the co-working core market,” says Christoph Hammer. “The desktop-as-a-service market is an area we especially expect to set the standard for performance and user-friendliness.”

Before assuming the CEO role at ezeep Inc., Hammer held several leading roles at ThinPrint and Cortado, including Managing Consultant, Senior Vice President of Professional Services; Chief Technology Officer; and Chief Information Officer. His professional interest and experience is centered around software defined printing and print services. Christoph Hammer has a summa cum laude degree in computer sciences from the Technische Universitaet Berlin and is a well-regarded speaker at international congresses and trade shows.

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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. In 2015, ThinPrint acquired ezeep, including its native cloud printing technology, which has since become the leading printing solution for coworking and shared workspaces. With these two strong product lines, ThinPrint delivers a unique printing experience for every modern workplace. 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. Investment in ThinPrint printing solutions leads to a fast ROI because the easy-to-implement and manage print systems reduce the burden on IT departments, result in significant performance improvements while ensuring optimal, reliable print support at every workplace. ThinPrint’s 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 China, 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 printers and thin clients from leading hardware manufacturers. Special significance is placed on the strategic partnerships of the company with Brother, Citrix Systems, Fujitsu, Fuji Xerox, Hewlett-Packard, IGEL, Konica Minolta, Kyocera Mita, Lexmark, Microsoft, MobileIron OKI, Parallels, T-Systems, VMware, Wyse Technology, Xerox and 10Zig.