Unotel, Media Networks and NAGRA plot hybrid TV service in Brazil

Gabriel Miramar-Garcia | 11-10-2013

Unotel Telecom, Media Networks Latin America and NAGRA are launching a hybrid pay-TV offering for Brazil in the first quarter of 2014.

The new service will be initially offered to the four million broadband subscribers served by shareholders and partners of Unotel, with an aggressive growth plan taking advantage of the main sport events that will be hosted in Brazil in the next few years – the FIFA World Soccer Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympics in 2016.
"We are very glad to materialise the dream of many small and medium regional operators with this agreement," said Orlando Ferreira Neto, President of Unotel. "Our partners will now be able to offer triple play – broadband, voice and video – to their existing broadband customers, allow us to be more competitive and rapidly grow our subscriber base thanks to a complete pay-TV solution."
The offering will feature a hybrid digital set-top box enabling the delivery of IP, satellite and digital terrestrial services, with content secured by NAGRA's MediaAccess content protection technology. It will also be the first commercial deployment of NAGRA's OpenTV 5 middleware over the Media Networks platform in Brazil, with the possibility of supporting GINGA applications in the future to enable broadcaster interactivity with Unotel subscribers through its free-to-air TV signals. With the connection of an external hard disk, the set-top box will automatically convert into a digital recorder. Additional services and products will also be offered through the Internet.
"We are excited to help Unotel transform the pay-TV market with unique and innovative products using our robust content protection solutions and latest generation of set-top box software," said Thierry Martin, NAGRA's vice president for South America.