Russian OTT service to use Conax security

Telenor-owned conditional access provider Conax has extended its contract with Russian service provider National Cable Networks (NCN) to provide content security for NCN’s digital TV and video-on-demand service.

Conax will provide security for’s video rental service via Conax-certified set-tops from Humax.

Humax is supplying a hybrid DVB-C/IP set-top for The latter’s Videoprokat service will offer over 3,000 of content. The over-the-top portal has plans to deliver rental content for multiple devices, and will add added-value services including weather, traffic information, online service purchases and the ability to pay utility bills. The service went live on a trail basis in December, free of charge for the first six months. A commercial launch is planned for mid-2012.

NCN has used Conax content security for its TKT subsidiary in St Petersburg since 2004, and for its NCN Eurasia unit in Yekaterinburg since 2005.

Sergey Kalugin, general-director of NCN, said: “We needed a solution that would allow us to provide DTV services based on DVB-C networks. Key criteria included choosing a solution that is highly reliable, time-tested and proven. On the other hand, the system should not be too complex, otherwise it would prove costly. Our decision was based on optimal price/performance ratio. Based on long experience, NCN knows Conax as a trusted partner, thus, we chose a content security solution from Conax.”

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