Nagra and Samsung launch CI Plus module with DRM for OTT services

Kudelski Group companies SmarDTV and Nagra have teamed up with Samsung to combine CI Plus and HbbTV with DRM to enable video-on-demand for over-the-top providers directly to Smart TVs without the use of a set-top box. The system integrates the Nagra Gravity user interface running in HbbTV on Samsung 2012 TV models allowing Nagra PRM […]

SmarDTV develops VOD CI Plus CAM

Kudelski’s SmarDTV (Stand E11) and connected TV specialist Wiztivi have combined CI Plus and HbbTV solutions to enable video-on-demand for cable networks. SmarDTV intends to launch the first CI Plus SmarCAM with cable VOD this year. The solution, to be demonstrated at the ANGA Cable show, will use CI Plus v1.2 modules along with HbbTV […]

Nagra: OTT will soon be cheaper than satellite for pay TV

CDN costs are likely to drop by an average of 20% over the next few years, meaning that broadcasters could soon reach a tipping point when CDN will become cheaper than broadcast, according to Thomas Decieux, head of product marketing, multiscreen solutions at Nagra. Speaking at the Connected TV World Summit in London yesterday, Decieux […]

Kudelski names intellectual property chief

TV technology group Kudelski has named Joe Chernesky as senior vice-president of intellectual property. Chernesky will report directly to chairman and CEO André Kudelski and will lead the worldwide intellectual property business unit and related activities for the group. Chernesky was previously vice-president and general manager of global licensing sales at Intellectual Ventures, a global […]

Kudelski names new communications VP

TV technology supplier Kudelski has named Phil Mundwiller as vice-president of corporate communications. Mundwiller was previously head of communications for the Solar Impulse project and has worked as a journalist with Radio Television Suisse Romande. He replaces Daniel Herrera, who is leaving the group at the end of March to set up his own communications […]

Nagra teams with Abertis for cloud-based TV platform

TV technology company Nagra has teamed up with Spain’s Abertis Telecom to launch a cloud-based TV hosting platform. The service, which is targeted at both free and pay TV broadcasters, is providing a hosting solution for the EBU initiative to offer to its members off-the-shelf interactive HbbTV applications during the Olympics and the Eurovision Song […]

Kudelski hit by strength of Swiss Franc

Conditional access and interactive TV technology provider Kudelski expects a further decline in revenues this year after being hit by the strength of the Swiss Franc in its year-end results for 2011. The company posted revenues of CHF897 million (€743 million), down from CHF1.069 billion for the previous year, and an operating income, excluding restructuring […]

Kudelski restructure aims to reduce costs

Kudelski Group is restructuring to focus on the convergence of digital TV and online TV, and in response the economic crisis impacting several markets in which the company operates. The goal is to reduce annual costs by CHF90 million (€73 million). The changes will see Kudelski’s OpenTV teams and solutions, as well as those in […]

Kudelski hit by foreign exchange turbulence

Kudeslki blamed falling exchange rates for a 22% decline in revenues to CHF404.5 million (€357 million) for the first half of the year from CHF517 million a year earlier. It said declining exchange rates against the Swiss Franc had a negative impact of CHF67.0 million on its revenues and CHF27.4 million on operating income. Digital […]

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