Conditional Access Trial a Month Away

A number of eyes in the satellite TV and conditional access world are focusing on April 8. That's the day when a jury that will be seated by a California District Court will begin scrutinizing litigation between NDS Group, DISH Network and its conditional access partner NagraStar.

NDS Group, the TV technology unit of News Corp., faces a $1 billion claim concerning allegations that it leaked trade secrets of rivals and clients. According to press accounts of the lawsuit from Australia Financial Review, DISH Network and NagraStar, which supplies conditional access solutions to the DBS platform, have made claims that pirates gained information on signal security technology through leaks allegedly provided by competitors.

For its part, NDS has said the allegations are a baseless attempt to damage its business.