NDS snatches Kudelski client

International technology company NDS has won a significant contract in Switzerland from Kudelski's Nagravision. The country’s largest pay-TV operator Teleclub will in future encrypt its digital subscription package on cable networks in VideoGuard.

For existing subscribers Teleclub will continue to use Nagravision, the system developed by Swiss company Kudelski, in simulcrypt mode for the time being. New set-top-boxes will be equipped with VideoGuard from the outset.

With Teleclub’s decision to adopt VideoGuard, NDS has achieved a landmark coup: The company has not only won its first contract in Switzerland, but also snatched away one of its arch rival’s customers in its home country.

At the same time, NDS has strengthened its market position in German-speaking Europe. Its existing customers comprise Premiere, Kabel BW, KabelKiosk/Tele Columbus/PrimaCom, Arcor and Telekom Austria. NDS and Teleclub want to commence deployment of VideoGuard over the next few weeks. The pay-TV broadcaster currently has more than 80,000 subscribers on cable networks.

“We are more than proud to announce that Teleclub, one of Europe’s true pay-TV pioneers, having started operations back in 1982, has chosen to entrust VideoGuard conditional access (CA) to secure its premium pay-TV programming and protect its service revenues,” said Yves Padrines, vice president, business development at NDS and general manager of the company’s German subsidiary NDS GmbH.

With Teleclub, NDS has signed up CA agreements with a total of six major pay-TV platforms in German-speaking territories, Padrines added. “We look forward to supporting Teleclub in its upcoming initiatives to deliver to subscribers the pay-TV services they want.”