NDS Pass Test to Deliver China iDTV
By staff

·NDS VideoGuard® conditional access system passes CCTV CSTTC final acceptance test procedure. Commercial operation to begin soon.

·The NDS and CSTTC system will deliver five CCTV channels to over 95% of provincial and regional headends nationwide.

·Replacement completed and NDS VideoGuard conditional access system, a recommended foreign conditional access system by SARFT, expands deployment in China.

Beijing, CHINA – October 21, 2003 – NDS Group plc, a News Corporation company and a leading provider of technology solutions for digital pay-TV, today announced that the NDS VideoGuard conditional access system passed the final acceptance test procedure (FATP) of CCTV China Satellite Television Transmission Center (CSTTC), and the system is in operation to deliver digital and encrypted TV broadcasts from CSTTC to China’s provincial and regional headends.

The FATP was conducted at CSTTC head office in Beijing in the presence of the senior management from CCTV and CSTTC . The successful test proved the NDS conditional access (CA) system met all of the rigorous standards set down by CSTTC.

“Our success in obtaining the FATP of CCTV CSTTC offers great encouragement to NDS China and strengthens our commitment to further dedicate resources to the development of digital TV in China,” said Gary Zhou, General Manager, NDS China. “This success is the result of unprecedented cooperation between NDS Beijing, CSTTC and other relevant parties over the past few months. The project will now enter the support stage, and NDS will continue to provide its technology and expertise for the smooth running of the NDS CA system to generate benefits for CSTTC.”

The FATP is a major milestone in the contract between NDS and CSTTC, signed in Feb 2002. NDS VideoGuard CA replaces the previous system with a DVB compliant, open standards system.

As utilized by CSTTC, NDS VideoGuard CA enables reception and viewing of a bouquet of CCTV channels. Using NDS technology the viewing cards have been authorized and will be distributed to over 95% of China’s provincial and regional headends who broadcast to over 200 millions viewers. NDS VideoGuard is uniquely able to support such a large-scale broadcasting network. The CCTV channels included in this encrypted broadcast include CCTV 3, 5, 6 and 8 as well as the CCTV news channel.

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