Nagravision=, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.VX=), company and the world's leading independent providers of value-added content protection solutions, announced that it has signed a global license agreement with Neotion, a French leading manufacturer of Conditional Access Modules (CAMs), enabling them to produce and market CAMs integrating Nagravision's Conditional Access Systems (CAS=.
Initial deliveries to European markets expected soon
The CAMs produced by Neotion will integrate their NKE-1 V2 series processor which is being NOCS 1.1 (Nagra On Chip Security) certified by Nagravision so as to comply with Nagravisionís=highest anti-piracy and secure standards.
The new devices will comply with the highly secure NASC (Nagra Advanced Security Concept) specifications. LoÔc Bernard, CEO of Neotion, said "This agreement is a significant milestone in our company's strategy to provide key markets with our advanced pay TV Modules. We are really enthusiastic to integrate Nagravision's state-of-the art security requirements in our products in order to protect high-value content". Neotion is aiming to launch its first Nagravision CAM product in the first half of 2010, with the aim to target Spain, France, Italy, Germany as well other European MSO advanced markets in a second phase.
NASC=and NOCS deployed by more than 100 operators and 50 manufacturers=
Nagravisionís NASC and NOCS requirements contribute to the protection of the entire CA system in order to avoid the traditional and future pirate threats. Nagravisionís state-of-the-art Nagra On Chip Security (NOCS) technology has been certified on over 30 chipsets from all the major chipset suppliers. This represents a large installed base of more than 30million deployed set-top boxes and pay TV devices from over 50 manufacturers.
Positive trend in the CAM= market=
In addition to Neotion, Nagravision is also discussing with other CAM manufacturers who have shown interest in integrating Nagravisionís CAS in their modules, particularly in emerging retail TV markets, such as Spain. This recent strong interest from CAM manufacturers is a direct consequence of the global growth of the CAM market in Europe.
Nagravision=is delighted to support this strong positive trend which will boost the global pay TV market, enhance consumer welfare and generate significant benefits for pay TV operators by avoiding risk of content piracy. Pierre=Roy, COO= of Nagravision, said: "These agreements further confirm Nagravision as the securest and most widely supported CAS supplier of the pay TV manufacturing industry, and strengthen Nagravision's key role in the development of open horizontal=, retail pay TV markets in Europe=".