Viasat in Progressive NDS download deal

March 24, 2009 | 08:00 UK

Viasat has added NDS Progressive Download Technology to enable the premium HD VOD service launched last week.

The deal extends the existing relationship between the broadcaster and technology provider based around the ViasatPlus PVR.

Subscribers are able to download a movie or series through their broadband internet connection for immediate viewing or to store for later on.

NDS says its PDL technology delivers uninterrupted viewing by removing the buffering problems associated with slow broadband download speeds.

It uses available bandwidth to download content to the receiver hard drive. Once enough content has been cached, viewing can commence, and the remaining content downloaded in the background.

The Progressive Download also reduces the need for operators to deploy the high specification VOD servers normally associated with HD content delivery.