FOX Sports International Selects NDS Americas For Digital Cable Program Distribution.
Initially, Five FOX Sports Cable Channels To Use NDS Systems
To Distribute Programming in North America
NDS Americas Inc., a leading worldwide provider of digital broadcasting systems and solutions, announced today that FOX Sports International has purchased two MPEG-2/DVB compliant digital solutions for managing and distributing programming for five FOX cable channels. The total order is valued at more than $2 million and includes an NDS Director(tm) network management and receiver control system, several E5610 encoders and more than 1,600 CSR820 Commercial Satellite Receivers.
This marks NDS' first end-to-end cable distribution deal in the U.S. to date, as well as the company's widest deployment of the satellite receivers to U.S. cable head-ends. For FOX Sports, the NDS solutions offer a future-proof investment that will meet their digital television needs both now and well into the future.
The NDS compression systems are located in Los Angeles, CA and Orlando, FL. A fully redundant six-channel system will be provided for Los Angeles and will initially be used to distribute FOX Sports World, FOX Sports Espanol and FOX Sports Espanol LA, with the remaining channels reserved for future growth. A fully-redundant three-channel system will carry the combined programming of FiTV and America's Health Network. It will be based in Orlando, FL and back-hauled over DS3 ATM fiber lines to Los Angeles for uplink. The remaining channel in Florida will also be made available for future growth.
"FOX Sports selected NDS to provide this end to end solution based on several key factors, including NDS' exceptional video compression performance, the ease of use of the Director(tm) control system, and the overall system flexibility. We are convinced that NDS is best able to provide us the video compression, conditional access, receiver control and telco connectivity we require for this project to succeed," said Mark Coleman, VP National Technical Operations for FOX Sports Net. NDS is providing these systems on-site within 30 days after receipt of order.
"We believe that NDS brings together a unique expertise in both MPEG compression and conditional access solutions, both of which are critical to ensuring FOX's success today and into the 21st Century. We chose NDS as a supplier that will help keep FOX Sports on the leading edge of these fast moving technologies," said Robert Dutcher, Director Broadcast and Technical Operations, FOX Sports International.
NDS solutions are designed to enable broadcasters of all sizes to cost-effectively implement their DTV strategies in either incremental or complete steps, depending on which best suits their individual business plans. The high degree of systems integration afforded by one supplier enables stations and groups to reduce the financial risks associated with system cohesiveness and system configuration hurdles. It further allows broadcasters to deploy risk-free complementary revenue generating services such as Interactive Television and Data Broadcasting.
"NDS is delighted to provide FOX Sports with end-to-end cable distribution solutions, assisting them in their efforts to bring consistency, uniformity and the highest possible quality to their digital initiatives," said Dov Rubin, NDS Americas Vice President and General Manager. "We look forward to a long and mutually satisfying relationship with FOX."
NDS provides open solutions that enable the delivery of entertainment and information to TVs and PCs. The company supplies the leading technology, products and services to enable businesses to profit from the emergence of interactive digital television and its intersection with the Internet via data broadcasting and e-commerce. NDS' solutions are built on its recognized leadership in smart-card based security, encryption, video compression and digital broadcast head-end software systems and are supported by its extensive systems integration and customer support capabilities.
NDS, headquartered in the UK with offices worldwide, is providing its advanced technologies, products and services to many of the current and planned cable, satellite and terrestrial broadcasting systems around the world. Over 12 million subscribers around the globe use NDS conditional access systems to receive Pay-TV satellite and cable services. The company continues to make a major commitment to R&D, with over 700 of its 1,500 plus employees dedicated to its pioneering development work at research centers in Israel, the U.S. and the UK.
NDS is a subsidiary of News Corporation (NWS), a leading global media company. NDS is on the World-Wide-Web at: http://www.ndsworld.com.