NDS Snowflake falls on ZON
By Julian Clover
Published: September 9, 2010 09.01 Europe/London

IBC 2010 – AMSTERDAM. Portuguese cableco ZON Multimedia is to become the first operator to trial the NDS Snowflake User Interface.

The UI, which runs on the NDS MediaHighway middleware, is at the centre of a field trial that will run across Portugal. Snowflake will be used as part of a range of content and services including PVR library access, VOD assets, catch-up TV, recommendation searches and widgets for social networking.

“The concept of television is changing as advancements in technology allow us to add more elements into the pay-TV experience,” said Nuno Sanches, TV Products Director at ZON TV Cabo Portugal. “We are confident that NDS has the experience and expertise we need to strengthen our platform on multiple levels and to provide a user experience that will stand the test of time.”

Snowflake has been designed to improve navigation through an enhanced user experience characterised by smart navigation and an ergonomically designed, easy to use, intuitive interface. ZON’s own design specifications have been incorporated into the implementation.